The Sin of the Past

drama

Typology

feature

Czech title

Starý hřích

Runtime

112

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1929

Production year

1929

Premiere

07.02.1930

Language version

Czech

Director

Miroslav J. Krňanský

Screenplay

Otakar Hanuš, Karel Smrž

Synopsis

In the village of Modlínov lives the well respected and loved miller Dolanský. He has led a contented life until the feared rough-neck Vavřík returns home from the army. He asks for work at the mill. The miller doesn't want to give him a job. The angry Vavřík threatens to tell the court the circumstances of the miller's wife's death. He claims that the miller threw his wife off the first floor of the stable. Dolanský is not entirely sure what happened that fateful day and he allows himself to be blackmailed by Vavřík. Vavřík loses his money in cards. When he comes to ask for the hand in marriage of the miller's daughter Eva, the miller decides to go to the courts to tell the truth himself in order to save his child. The court doesn't believe his testimony and Vavřík is summoned. The latter is subsequently wounded by guards and dies. Before he dies he confesses to his love Tonička that he had invented the story about the miller and Tonička testifies in court. The miller is relieved of his sin of the past and life gradually returns to normal.

Note

The film was presented once more in its sound version in 1933, set to the music of Dalibor C. Vačkář, under the title "The Sin of the Past – Cup of bitterness."

Cast

Josef Rovenský

mlynář Dolanský

Melita Jelenská

mlynářova dcera Eva

Jarmila Lhotová

Tonička Pelikánová

Karel Jičínský

vyděrač Vavřík Světák

Roza Schlesingerová

Vavříkova matka žebračka

Otto Zahrádka

Bartoloměj Pelikán, Toniččin otec

Karel Lamač

Karel Horyna

Bohumil Kovář

mlynář Horyna, Karlův otec

Marie Fingerová

mlynářka Horynová

Antonín Frič

stárek Lukáš

Václav Pecián

selský synek František Vodenka

Václav Žichovský

okresní soudce

Robert Ford

strážmistr

Jindřich Fiala

soudní sluha

Crew and creators

Based on

Jan Klecanda (Starý hřích – román)

Production Designer

Alois Mecera

Music

Music Composed by

Dalibor C. Vačkář (ozvučení 1933)

Songs

Mlynářská (ozvučení 1933), Na poli v koukolí (ozvučení 1933)

Songwriter

Dalibor C. Vačkář (Mlynářská) (ozvučení 1933), Dalibor C. Vačkář (Na poli v koukolí) (ozvučení 1933)

Writer of Lyrics

Otakar Hanuš (Mlynářská) (ozvučení 1933), Otakar Hanuš (Na poli v koukolí) (ozvučení 1933)

Singer

Vinohradské pěvecké kvarteto (Mlynářská) (ozvučení 1933), Vinohradské pěvecké kvarteto (Na poli v koukolí) (ozvučení 1933)

Production info

Original Title

Starý hřích

English Title

The Sin of the Past

Parallel Title

Starý hřích – kalich hořkosti

Copyright

1929

Production Year

1929

Premiere

07.02.1930

Production

Jan Kyzour

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Jan Kyzour (původní 1930 a obnovená 1933)

Technical info

Versions

Czech