The River

narrative, lyrical

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Řeka

Runtime

87 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1933

Production year

1933

Premiere

13.10.1933

Language version

Czech, German

Director

Josef Rovenský

Synopsis

Village mayor Sychra enjoyed poaching as a lad and now he fears his young son Pavel has inherited this passion from him. So he decides to send him to town to study. Pavel is a good lad. He makes friends with fellow pupil Pepička, daughter of a poor cottager. The manager of a nearby hotel has announced a reward for the person who catches an old pike that is scaring fish away from a pool beside the river. The pike is caught on Pavel's bait but doggedly fights for his life. In the struggle Pavel's clothes get wet and then he falls into the stream and is swept away. A malicious poacher tells Pepička that Pavel has probably drowned because rafters found his clothes. The girl runs screaming into the village and all the villagers go out in search of Pavel. He however managed to catch the pike and has taken it to the hotel. With the cash reward he buys Pepička a sweater and shoes so she does not have to go barefoot and he secretly puts the presents on her bed. Exhausted, he falls asleep between the tracks. A vagrant finds him and takes the sleeping boy home to his distraught parents who are overjoyed to find him alive.

Note

The film was presented at the 2nd Venice Film Festival, 1934. The German speaking copy KK-N 2006,0 m is preserved in the National Film Archive.

Cast

Jarmila Beránková

Pepička Matuková

Václav Jalovec

Pavel Sychra

Jaroslav Vojta

Jan Sychra, Pavlův otec

Hermína Vojtová

Pavlova matka

Jan Sviták

pytlák Václav Zimák

Jan W. Speerger

četník

Marie Rýdlová

kupcova žena

Jaroslav Marvan

vedoucí hotelu

F. X. Mlejnek

jednooký v pohádce

Antonín Jirsa

obr v pohádce

Karel Schleichert

hráč karet

Václav Menger

vesničan

Saša Razov

dirigent orchestru

Josef Dobeš

houslista

Antonín Kuneš

otec vesnického chlapce

Emanuel Hříbal

hostinský

Karel Němec

host v hotelu

Luigi Hofman

host v hotelu

Robert Ford

host v hotelu

Václav Piskáček

host v hotelu

František Filipovský

host v hotelu

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Václav Dražil

Based on

Jindřich Snížek (Návrat – povídka)

Production Designer

Ferdinand Fiala

Film Editor

Marie Bourová

Sound Designer

Josef Zora

Production Manager

Jan Sviták

Music

Music Composed by

Josef Dobeš

Music Performed by

Dětský pěvecký sbor Domoviny

Music Conducted by

řed. Novák (Dětský pěvecký sbor Domoviny)

Songs

Silnice šedivá, Loučení, loučení, Píseň sekáče

Songwriter

Josef Dobeš (Silnice šedivá)

Writer of Lyrics

Saša Razov (Silnice šedivá)

Singer

Bedřiška Wardasová (Silnice šedivá), Jan Chaloupka (Silnice šedivá), dětský sbor (Loučení, loučení), mužský hlas (Píseň sekáče)

Production info

Original Title

Řeka

English Title

The River

Parallel Title

Junge Liebe

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

narrative, lyrical

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1933

Production Year

1933

Premiere

13.10.1933

Production

Reiter

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Elekta

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

87 min

Versions

Czech, German

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 20. mezinárodní filmový festival Benátky

1959
Benátky / Italy
Národní filmový archiv

Vítěz

Event: Vavřínový věnec a diplom časopisu časopisu Filmové listy

1935
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Jan Reiter

Vítěz

Festival: 2. mezinárodní filmový festival Benátky

1934
Benátky / Italy

Vítěz

Event: Stuhy časopisu Český filmový zpravodaj

1934
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Jan Reiter