The Bartered Bride

opera

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Prodaná nevěsta

Runtime

134 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1933

Production year

1933

Premiere

27.10.1933

Language version

Czech

Director

Svatopluk Innemann (režie filmu), Jaroslav Kvapil (režie filmu a operního představení), Emil Pollert (režie operního představení)

Synopsis

Mařenka, the daughter of the farmer Krušina, and the poor stable boy Jeník, are in love. The matchmaker Kecal has already chosen another husband for Mařenka, the stammering son of farmer Mícha, Vašek. Mařenka's father had once bound himself to giving his daughter to Mícha's son alone. Kecal therefore offers Jeník three hundred gold pieces to give up his bride. Jeník agrees to the deal. No-one, however, knows that Jeník is Mícha's son from his first marriage who had gone off into the world in his youth. Mařenka despairs and finally decides to marry Vašek. Then a group of comedians arrives in the village and Vašek immediately falls for Esmeralda and promises to dress up as the bear. Kecal calls the villagers together to announce Mařenka's forthcoming marriage to Vašek. It is then discovered that Jeník is Mícha's son and therefore, in accordance with Krušina's promise, has the same rights to Mařenka as Vašek. The bear comes running up and Vašek peeks out of the bearskin. It is clear that he is not ready for marriage and the Krušina and Mícha families give Mařenka and Jeník their blessing.

Note

This theme had already been treated in a Czech film under the same title (Dir: Max Urban, 1913 and Oldřich Kmínek, 1922).

Cast

Jan Konstantin

sedlák Krušina

Dobroslava Sudíková

Ludmila, Krušinova žena

Ota Horáková

Mařenka, dcera Krušinových

Vladimír Tomš

venkovský chasník Jeník

Josef Celerin

sedlák Mícha

Marta Krásová

Háta, druhá Míchova žena

Jaroslav Gleich

Vašek, syn Míchových

Emil Pollert

dohazovač Kecal

Karel Hruška

principál komediantů

Blanka Svobodová

Esmeralda, dcera principála

Hanuš Thein

Indián

Marie Nešporová

tanečnice

Josef Müller (2)

paňáca

Josef Loskot

vesničan

Maximillian B. Stýblo

vesničan

Crew and creators

Director

Svatopluk Innemann (režie filmu), Jaroslav Kvapil (režie filmu a operního představení), Emil Pollert (režie operního představení)

Based on

Bedřich Smetana (Prodaná nevěsta – opera), Karel Sabina (Prodaná nevěsta – libreto k opeře)

Production Designer

Štěpán Kopecký

Sound Designer

Bedřich Poledník

Production Manager

Julius Prokůpek

Music

Music Composed by

Bedřich Smetana

Music Conducted by

Jožka Charvát (Orchestr Národního divadla)

Choreographer

Joe Jenčík

Production info

Original Title

Prodaná nevěsta

English Title

The Bartered Bride

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

opera

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1933

Production Year

1933

Premiere

27.10.1933

Production

Espo

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Espo

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

134 min

Versions

Czech