Children of a Great Love / Ave Maria

drama

Typology

feature

Czech title

Děti veliké lásky

Runtime

90

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1936

Production year

1936

Premiere

13.11.1936

Language version

Czech

Director

Václav Kubásek

Screenplay

Karel Steklý

Screenstory

Antonín Špatenka

Synopsis

In a mountain village live Ivan and Marja and their little boy Kája. The young couple are forced by a money lender to sign a bill of exchange for a higher sum because they cannot pay back their debt before harvest-time. Kája is too lively a boy, which proves to be disastrous. Hiding in the hay he is accidentally killed by his father's scythe. Ivan, in shock, flees into the forest. Marja tries her utmost to run the household by herself. Ivan is presumed dead. The lumberjack Jan, who has always been fond of Marja, moves in with her but their relationship is platonic. Jan pays off the money lender and patiently waits for Marja to forget her dead husband. On Christmas Day Marja glimpses Ivan looking in through the window. The villagers, woken by events, go off in search of Ivan with torches. Marja finds him in a cave. She still loves him and makes love to him despite his now being mentally deranged. Ivan then disappears again into the forest. Marja finds out she is pregnant and in time gives birth to a baby boy. News of the birth stirs Ivan from his apathy, he comes back to Marja, and happiness returns to the household.

Cast

Ladislav Brom

chalupník Ivan

Lída Želenská

Marja, Ivanova žena

Štefka Pálek

Kája, Ivanův syn

Josef Klapuch

dřevorubec Jan zvaný Dobrák

Antonín Marlé

lichvář

Antonín Frič

starosta

Ella Nollová

Anna, starostova žena

M. Kováč

četník

M. Zemanová

venkovanka

pes Brazan

černý německý ovčák

Dubbing

Alois Dvorský

hlas vesničana

Crew and creators

Screenplay

Karel Steklý

Production Designer

Alois Mecera

Film Editor

Jan Kohout

Sound Designer

Josef Zora

Production Manager

Jan Reiter

Music

Music Composed by

Josef Dobeš, Charles Gounod (Ave Maria – píseň), Josef Dobeš (Píseň hor – píseň), Josef Dobeš (Ukolébavka – píseň), Josef Dobeš (Jen dál a dál – píseň)

Songs

Ave Maria, Píseň hor, Ukolébavka, Jen dál a dál

Songwriter

Charles Gounod (Ave Maria), Josef Dobeš (Píseň hor), Josef Dobeš (Ukolébavka), Josef Dobeš (Jen dál a dál)

Writer of Lyrics

Ladislav Brom (Píseň hor), Ladislav Brom (Ukolébavka), Ladislav Brom (Jen dál a dál)

Singer

Marta Krásová (Ave Maria), mužský sbor (Píseň hor), Lída Želenská (Ukolébavka), Ladislav Brom (Jen dál a dál)

Production info

Original Title

Děti veliké lásky

English Title

Children of a Great Love / Ave Maria

Working Title

Mater Dolorosa / Požehnaná mezi ženami

Parallel Title

Ave Maria

Copyright

1936

Production Year

1936

Premiere

13.11.1936

Production

Reiter

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Elekta

Technical info

Versions

Czech