A Mother's Confession

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1937

Production year

1937

Premiere

10 June 1938

Runtime

89 min

Category

film

Genre

drama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Matčina zpověď

Czech title

Matčina zpověď

English title

A Mother's Confession

Parallel title

Matkina spoveď

Working title

Detvanská krev / Súmrak nad Poľanou / Súmrak nad Detvou / Soumrak nad Detvou / Soumrak nad Poľanou

Synopsis

Eva Batelová, the daughter of a poor cottager from Detva, has to marry the rich farmer Ondřej Mikulčík. Her widowed father had forced her into the marriage even though he knows that the father and his old mother are hard people with whom Eva can only expect a hard life of drudgery. Mikulčík is jealous of Eva's former love, the servant Matúš Ďurovič. Eva's little sister Anča is witness to Mikulčík's cruel treatment of Eva and runs off into the forest to find Matúš. Anča is mortally wounded by a falling tree but, as she lays dying, she manages to tell Matúš that Eva is being beaten. The young woman goes to Matúš's cottage during the night to warn him that Mikulčík is coming for him. Ondřej discovers this in the pub and himself hurries over to the cottage. Fleeing the din of the fight, Eva believes that Mikulčík has killed the young stable boy and, after all the suffering she has endured, begins to lose her mind. In the morning, Eva's husband is found dead and Matúš is arrested. It is not until the trial that old Mikulčíková, plagued by her conscience, reveals that Matúš is her grandson, the son of her daughter whom she had driven from her home on discovering the pregnancy. It is finally proven that Mikulčík died as the result of an accident and Matúš is set free. He returns home just in time to save Eva's life as she attempts to commit suicide by drowning in the river.

Note

The première outside Prague was held already on the 12th of September 1937 in Bratislava.

Cast

Raoul Schránil

čeledín Matúš Ďurovič

Andrej Bagar

Ondrej Mikulčík

Růžena Porubská-Hurbanová

Eva, Mikulčíkova žena

Ján Sýkora

Martin Batel, Evin otec

Mária Sýkorová

Zuza, Mikulčíkova matka

Štefan Figura

čeledín Ďurko

Beta Poničanová

Marka Mešková, Ďurkova milá

Zolo Šebo

mlynář Samo Kováčik

Elena Smatková

Kováčiková, mlynářova žena, matka Marky

Dagmar Appelová

malá Anča, Evina sestra

Ľudovít Jakubóczy

bača na Mikulčíkově salaši, Matúšův kmotr

Helena Svirtová

děvečka na statku

F. X. Mlejnek

hostinský Géza Kalocsay

Věkoslav Satoria

dozorce vězňů

Crew and creators

Based on

Josef Hobl (Súmrak nad Detvou – divadelní hra)

Screenplay

Karel Špelina

Director of Photography

Josef Střecha

Camera Operator

Jaromír Holpuch

Production Designer

Štěpán Kopecký

Film Editor

Marie Bourová

Sound Designer

Josef Zora

Titles Designed by

Lorenc

Production Manager

Arthur Feist

Cooperation

Willy Ströminger (fotograf)

Music

Music Composed by

Miloš Smatek

Music Performed by

Orchestr F.O.K. (Music Conducted by Miloš Smatek)

Songs

Perina má štyri rôžky

Singer mužský sbor

lidové písně

Production info

Original Title

Matčina zpověď

Czech Title

Matčina zpověď

English Title

A Mother's Confession

Parallel Title

Matkina spoveď

Working Title

Detvanská krev / Súmrak nad Poľanou / Súmrak nad Detvou / Soumrak nad Detvou / Soumrak nad Poľanou

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1937

Production Year

1937

Production specifications

start of filming 5 June 1937
end of filming 7 July 1937
date of censorship 09/1937
date of censorship 5 January 1940 (kulturně-výchovný)
date of censorship 1943 (predikáty „lidově hodnotný film“ a „film pro Den hrdinů“)
withdrawal from distribution 01/1945

Premiere

preview 12 September 1937 (Bratislava, Slovensko)
premiere 10 June 1938 /unsuitable for youths/ (kino Hollywood /1 týden/, Praha)

Production

Dafa

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Dafa

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

89 min

Original length in metres

2 543 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

Tobis – Klang

Versions

Slovak

Dialogue languages

Slovak

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Slovak