Her Stepdaughter

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1929

Production year

1929

Premiere

28 February 1930

Runtime

101 min

Category

film

Genre

drama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Její pastorkyňa

Czech title

Její pastorkyňa

English title

Her Stepdaughter

Synopsis

After the death of landowner Burija, his property is put up for auction. The landowner's impoverished widow Kostelnička takes in the orphan Jenůfa. After several years Jenufa grows up and Laco and Števa try to win her affections. Jenůfa dances with both admirers at the village fair but she spends the night with Števa. Their affair leaves Jenůfa pregnant. Jenůfa confides in Kostelnička and has the child in secret. Nevertheless Števa abandons her. Laco would like to marry her but he does not want her with a child. Goaded by the devil, Kostelnička gives Jenůfa a sleeping draught and drowns the baby in the lake under the ice. She then tells the girl that her baby has died and she quickly begins preparations for the wedding with Laco. Just when the priest is giving them his blessings, an old man rushes up with the news that someone has drowned a baby in the lake. Jenůfa recognises her own baby-son . Kostelnička confesses to her crime and the mayor and a policeman lead her away. Laco remains faithful to Jenůfa.

Note

At the beginning of the film are two portraits of the writer Gabriela Preissová and the composer Leoš Janáček. Gabriela Horvátová was the first Kostelnička in Janáček´s opera Její pastorkyňa (Jenůfa).

Cast

Václav Norman

Števa Burija

Stanislav Sedláček

Števův bratr Laco

Lili Měšťáková

malá Jenůfka

Ludmila Folprechtová

stařenka Burijová

Milka Balek-Brodská

starostova žena

Crew and creators

Based on

Gabriela Preissová (Její pastorkyňa – drama)

Director of Photography

Emanuel Smolík

Production Designer

Vilém Rittershain

Production info

Original Title

Její pastorkyňa

Czech Title

Její pastorkyňa

English Title

Her Stepdaughter

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1929

Production Year

1929

Production specifications

date of censorship 11 November 1929

Premiere

premiere 28 February 1930 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Olympic /1 týden/ a Radio /1 týden/, Praha)

Production

Republicfilm

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

AB Vinohrady

Distribution

Republicfilm

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

101 min

Original length in metres

2 860 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,33

Colour

black & white

Sound

silent

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

without dialogue

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Intertitles languages

Czech

Opening/End credits languages

Czech