The Gingerbread House

fairytale

Typology

feature

Czech title

Perníková chaloupka

Runtime

64

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1933

Production year

1933

Premiere

22.12.1933

Language version

Czech

Director

Oldřich Kmínek

Screenplay

Oldřich Kmínek

Screenstory

Oldřich Kmínek

Synopsis

Even children from a civilisation conquered by technology need fairy stories and Mrs Fairytale invites them into her world. A woodcutter goes into the forest with his children, Jeníček and Mařenka. While their father is working the children pick strawberries. However, they wander so deep into the forest that they lose their way back. After a sinister night the children find themselves in front of a cottage made of honey gingerbread. An old hag catches them picking bits of gingerbread off her house. She locks the thin Jeníček in a cage to feed him up and she makes the chubby Mařenka work for her in the kitchen. The children are visited by benign angels in their sleep, however, who give them hope that they will be saved. When the old hag decides to bake them in the oven, Mařenka and Jeníček push her in there instead. The oven explodes and the ugly little old crones who had been dancing attendance on the witch, are transformed into children. Mařenka gives them back their little hearts, enchanted in the gingerbread by the old hag. All are dancing for joy in the field in front of the gingerbread house when, suddenly, Jeníček and Mařenka's grief-stricken parents appear from the forest, overjoyed at having found them at last.

Note

The gingerbread used for the house was supplied by Pulchart, Prague-Libeň. This theme had already been treated in a Czech film under the same title (Dir: Josef Kokeisl, 1927).

Cast

František Kotal

Jeníček

Jan W. Speerger

tatínek

Růžena Píšová

královna noci

Ria Astrová

královna víl

Blanka Novotná

Pohádka

Emil Fassl

vodník/Smrt

Baletní soubor Národního divadla

hvězdy/víly/andělé/žabáci/čarodějnice

Crew and creators

Screenstory

Oldřich Kmínek

Production Designer

Štěpán Kopecký

Sound Designer

Josef Zora

Production Manager

Zdeněk Reimann

Cooperation

Antonín Frič (fotograf)

Music

Choreographer

František Bubla

Danced by

Baletní soubor Národního divadla, Baletní dětský soubor Bublovy taneční školy

Production info

Original Title

Perníková chaloupka

English Title

The Gingerbread House

Copyright

1933

Production Year

1933

Premiere

22.12.1933

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Chicago-Film

Technical info

Versions

Czech