Marijka the Unfaithful

drama

Typology

feature

Czech title

Marijka nevěrnice

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1934

Production year

1934

Premiere

02.03.1934

Language version

Czech

Director

Vladislav Vančura

Screenplay

Karel Nový, Ivan Olbracht

Screenstory

Ivan Olbracht

Synopsis

Lightning strikes a cottage owned by Petro Birčak. Petro, hardened by a rigorous life in the mountains, starts straightaway to build a new house with his wife Marijka. A Czech tourist tells the innkeeper Glück that the site on the crossroads which had been destroyed by fire, would be a good place for a pub. Petro, however, refuses to sell the land. He decides to go off into the mountains to collect wood to make some money and he invites the young Danilo to help him with the construction work. The lumberjacks set off for Černá Rika in the mountains at the beginning of spring, taking Birčak with them to assist them in their work. The men work hard in the forest but their boss Herzán cheats them of their pay and provisions. Furthermore, in an act of revenge, he turns them against Rosenthal who refused to offer his daughter in marriage. Left alone, Marijka becomes more intimate with Danilo. Petro's illiterate mother finds someone to write a letter in which she informs her son of his wife's infidelity, but Petro's love for Marijka prevents him from killing her. As the logs get sent down the river, Petro and Danilo find themselves on the same raft together. A scuffle ensues and Danilo is killed. There are no witnesses to this event, however, and so Petro returns home. Glück has meanwhile sold off Petro's land so he starts building a new house with his wife in the mountains.

Cast

Anna Škelebejová

Marijka

Petro Birčak

dřevorubec Petro Birčak, Marijčin muž

Olena Birčaková

Olena, Petrova matka

Herzán

keron Herzán

Glück

krčmář Glück

Ester Glücková

Esterka, dcera krčmáře Glücka

Šlojm Herskovič

Šlojm, Esterčin ženich

Hana Becková

Chava, dcera krčmáře Rosenthala

Robert Ford

zástupce dřevařské firmy Hugo

Ivan Olbracht

turista s fotoaparátem

Andrej Kišť

dřevorubec Petro Birčak, Marijčin muž

Jaksiňa Djordjajová

Olena, Petrova matka

Michal Derbak

keron Miška

Mikola Skira

vorař Danilo Ščerbak, Marijčin milenec

Mikola Cjubik

Adam Ščerbak, Danilův bratr

Moses Adler

krčmář Glück

neuveden

krčmář z Černé Riky Rosenthal

neuveden

Icko, zeť krčmáře Rosenthala

Crew and creators

Screenstory

Ivan Olbracht

Camera Operator

Václav Hanuš

Production Designer

Bedřich Feuerstein

Sound Designer

Josef Zora

Production Manager

Ladislav Kolda

Cooperation

Jiří Weiss (adept režie a kamery)

Music

Music Composed by

Bohuslav Martinů

Music Conducted by

František Škvor (Orchestr Národního divadla)

Songs

lidové písně

Singer

mužský sbor (lidové písně)

Production info

Original Title

Marijka nevěrnice

English Title

Marijka the Unfaithful

Copyright

1934

Production Year

1934

Premiere

02.03.1934

Production

Ladislav Kolda

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Slavia-film

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 24. mezinárodní festival archivních a restaurovaných filmů Il Cinema Ritrovato Boloňa

2010
Boloňa / Italy
Národní filmový archiv

Vítěz

Festival: 24. mezinárodní festival archivních a restaurovaných filmů Il Cinema Ritrovato Boloňa

2010
Boloňa / Italy
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