Marijka the Unfaithful

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1933

Production year

1933

Premiere

2 March 1934

Runtime

73 min

Category

film

Genre

drama

Typology

featurelong

Original title

Marijka nevěrnice

Czech title

Marijka nevěrnice

English title

Marijka the Unfaithful

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 Birčaková

Andrej Kišť

dřevorubec Petro Birčak, Marijčin muž

Jaksiňa Djordjajová

Olena Birčaková, Petrova matka

Mikola Skira

vorař Danilo Ščerbak, Marijčin milenec

Mikola Cjubik

vorař Adam Ščerbak, Danilův bratr

Michal Derbak

keron Miška Herzán

Moses Adler

židovský krčmář Glück z Kolčavy

neuvedena

Esterka, dcera židovského krčmáře Glücka

neuveden

Šlojm Herskovič, Esterčin ženich

neuveden

židovský krčmář Rosenthal z Černé Riky

Hana Becková

Chava Šafarová, dcera židovského krčmáře Rosenthala

neuveden

Icko Šafar, zeť židovského krčmáře Rosenthala

neuveden

hajný

Sylvie Havránková

hajnéno žena

Robert Ford

Hugo, zástupce dřevařské firmy

Ivan Olbracht

turista s fotoaparátem

Jindřich Adolf

četník

Vasil Stolyc

hlavní vorař

Icko Kahan

dřevorubec

Petro Šuhaj

starší muž

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), Willy Ströminger (fotograf)

Music

Music Composed by

Bohuslav Martinů

Music Conducted by

František Škvor (Orchestr Národního divadla)

Songs

Rusínské lidové písně

Singer

mužský sbor (Rusínské lidové písně)

Production info

Original Title

Marijka nevěrnice

English Title

Marijka the Unfaithful

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1933

Production Year

1933

Premiere

2 March 1934

Production

Ladislav Kolda

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Slavia-film

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

73 min

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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