Father Vojtěch

drama

Typology

feature

Czech title

Páter Vojtěch

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1936

Production year

1936

Premiere

18.12.1936

Language version

Czech

Director

Martin Frič

Screenplay

Václav Wasserman

Synopsis

The last wish of the miller Dvorecký's dying wife was that their son Karel assume responsibility of the family business and that his brother Vojtěch become a priest. Vojtěch is loathe to fulfil his mother's wish, although he goes off to a seminary, despite his ardent love for a girl called Frantina. The money Karel inherits from his mother is squandered away and, in an act of drunkenness, he injures his friend Jozífek. In the belief that he has left Jozífek for dead, he flees home. He buys false documents from a tramp, kills him in a fight and escapes punishment by crossing the border. After some time Frantina accepts an offer from the widowed miller Dvorecký and becomes his wife. Before he is ordained, Vojtěch visits his home and with the money left to him by his mother he has a house built for Jozífek whose injuries have left him dull-witted. He is still in love with Frantina; she, too, vainly tries to quell her feelings for Vojtěch. Karel has meanwhile returned home but is arrested and imprisoned. He escapes during the night and in the mill he overhears Vojtěch and Frantina speaking about their unfulfilled love for one another. When Karel is about to inform his father that they have betrayed him, the crazed Jozífek appears and shoots him. Vojtěch returns to his monastery. After some time he hears that Frantina has given birth to a son - the future heir to the mill.

Note

This theme had already been treated in a Czech film under the same title (Dir: Martin Frič, 1928).

Cast

Rolf Wanka

páter Vojtěch Dvorecký

L. H. Struna

Karel, Vojtěchův bratr

Jaroslav Marvan

mlynář Dvorecký, otec Vojtěcha a Karla

Jiří Vondrovič

Jozífek Klabzuba

Ella Nollová

Jozífkova matka

Theodor Pištěk

stárek Petr

Josef Příhoda

krajánek Mikuška

Václav Trégl

obecní policajt Mařánek

František Smolík

rektor semináře

Rudolf Deyl st.

světící biskup

František Kreuzmann

tulák Václav Novotný

Alois Dvorský

starosta

František Hlavatý

farář Janů

Milada Gampeová

hospodyně u faráře Pepička

Alois Peterka

seminarista

František Milič

seminarista

Viktor Nejedlý

klíčník v semináři

Josef Kotalík

policejní lékař

Antonín Hodr

lékař

Fráňa Vajner

hospodský

Dagmar Appelová

sirotek Anička

Václav Menger

host v hospodě

Jindřich Adolf

vyšetřující komisař

Ferdinand Kohout

venkovan

Eduard Šimáček

ředitel věznice

Jan Sviták

lékař v misii

Jan W. Speerger

důstojník v cizinecké legii

Michel Elaguine

důstojník v cizinecké legii

Antonín Jirsa

seržant v cizinecké legii

Jiří Hron

odmítnutý tanečník

Crew and creators

Director

Martin Frič

Based on

Jan Klecanda (Páter Vojtěch – román)

Production Designer

Vilém Rittershain

Film Editor

Jan Kohout

Production Manager

Zdeněk Reimann

Unit Production Manager

Eduard Šimáček

Music

Music Composed by

Eman Fiala

Music Performed by

Orchestr F.O.K.

Production info

Original Title

Páter Vojtěch

English Title

Father Vojtěch

Copyright

1936

Production Year

1936

Premiere

18.12.1936

Production

AB

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

AB

Technical info

Versions

Czech