A May Tale

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Typology

feature

Czech title

Pohádka máje

Runtime

115

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1926

Production year

1926

Premiere

25.12.1926

Language version

Czech

Director

Karel Anton

Screenplay

Václav Wasserman

Synopsis

In her convent school, Helenka thinks of her parental home, her family and the priest whose nephew Ríša, instead of studying, is spending his free time in pubs. Helenka's father, the forester, is fretting about the lot of his daughters. Albína is seriously ill, Gusta refuses to obey him so her father sends her to Vienna to stay with his married daughter Anna who is to keep an eye on her. Gusta, however, wanders about at night and soon allows herself to be a kept woman. She changes to such an extent that she is unable to grant the last wish of the dying Albína, that she return home. The priest invites Ríša to visit him. Helenka also returns home from the school and she meets Ríša at a ball. Because of his bad reputation, however, and refuses to have anything to do with him. Ríša promises her in a letter that he will improve himself and so they meet up several times. Helenka's father believes that Ríša is only being frivolous in his intentions with his daughter and so he asks the priest to send Ríša back to Prague. After a dramatic farewell with Helenka, Ríša leaves. After he completes his studies he returns to Helenka.

Note

Working shots are included in the film How films were made in our country (put together by Bohumil Veselý, 1954).

In 2005 the film was reconstructed by National Film Archive with Ateliery Bonton Zlin.

Cast

Rudolf Žák

lesník

Anna Opplová

lesníkova žena

Anita Janová

lesníkova dcera Helenka

Jarmila Horáková

lesníkova dcera Gusta

Berta Reifová

lesníkova dcera Albína

neuvedena

lesníkova nejstarší dcera Anna

Petr Dolan

student práv Ríša Gregor

Ludvík Veverka

student, Ríšův přítel

Antonín Marek

farář v Ostrovačicích, Ríšův strýc

Betty Kysilková

farářova hospodyně Kačka

Božena Svobodová

Ríšova bytná, vdova po úředníkovi

Mary Jansová

číšnice zvaná Kudrnáček

Marie Počepická

lesníkova hospodyně Marta

František Fišer

Albínin přítel Jenyš

Saša Dobrovolná

Jenyšova matka

Jindřich Lhoták

důstojník kapitán H. Nikolaus von Rittenburg zvaný Niki

Milka Balek-Brodská

poštmistrová

Marie Pavlíková

dcera poštmistrové Cilka

Jan Richter

obecní strážník

Václav Kubásek

manžel lesníkovy dcery Anny

L. H. Struna

pasák holek

Elsa Vetešníková

lehká holka

Helena Zmatlíková

lesníkova dcera Helenka jako dítě

Josef Dekoj

Josef, milý hospodyně Kačky

Alfred Schlesinger

vousatý muž na plese

Roza Schlesingerová

žena na plese

Jindřich Adolf

host ve vídeňské krčmě

Véna Vyskoč

reálná postava – on sám

Ferda-Sirky-Evropa

reálná postava – on sám

Crew and creators

Director

Karel Anton

Based on

Vilém Mrštík (Pohádka máje – román)

Production Designer

Vilém Rittershain

Production info

Original Title

Pohádka máje

English Title

A May Tale

Copyright

1926

Production Year

1926

Premiere

25.12.1926

Production

Elekta Journal

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Julius Schmitt (původní 1926), Národní filmový archiv (obnovená 2016)

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Subtitles

Czech Intertitles