The Golden Flower

fairytale

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Zlatý květ

Runtime

71 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1929

Production year

1929

Premiere

podzim 1929

Language version

Czech

Director

Jaromír Schäffer, Ada Pellová-Czivišová

Synopsis

Children are listening to the legend of the golden flower and the Knights of Blaník; afterwards Stáňa and Jirka go off to look for the flower. Their mother is worried about them and one of the musicians at the inn, a double bass player, goes off to find them. The greedy tramp Ferda who had been thrown out of the pub by the young lads, is also making for the woods. Stáňa and Jirka have to avoid all sorts of traps laid by supernatural beings. The queen Lada appears before them and gives them three magical gifts. These will help them overcome evil magic. Ferda is rewarded for his greed and is not given anything but he runs back to the village to tell of the treasure he has seen. The children find the golden flower which is the key to the treasure. The avaricious villagers follow the children who, with the help of the bass player, find their way to Blaník. With the aid of the golden flower the mountain opens up for them. Great grandfather Čech, Lada and good elves appear before them and the knights march out of the mountain in all their splendour.

Note

This film was first shown in Prague in the cinema "Hollywood" in the autumn of 1929 – evidently there were only a few screenings for children. Facts about the film were verified at a screening at the Film Archive (27. 1. 1978) in the presence of Ada Pellová-Czivišová and her family. The first reel contains documentary shots of the Czech legionnaires' march.

Cast

Máňa Ženíšková

bohyně úrody Lada

Karel Schleichert

praotec Čech

J. Celnar

dědeček s plnovousem

Jan Čapek (2)

trpaslík Kulihrášek

Marie Čapková

chamtivá žena

Marie Menginová

ježibaba

Gustav Cziviš

dítě/trpaslík s fajfkou

Jožka Schneider

černokněžník

Anna Kornová-Stallichová

Zlatý květ

členové baletní školy Štěpánky Klimešové

Production info

Original Title

Zlatý květ

English Title

The Golden Flower

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

fairytale

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1929

Production Year

1929

Premiere

podzim 1929

Production

Poja Film

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Poja Film

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

71 min

Versions

Czech