A Mother's Confession

drama

Typology

feature

Czech title

Matčina zpověď

Runtime

89

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1937

Production year

1937

Premiere

10.06.1938

Language version

Czech

Director

Karel Špelina

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

Miloš Šubrt

farář

F. X. Mlejnek

hostinský Géza Kalocsay

Anči Pírková

sousedka

Věkoslav Satoria

dozorce vězňů

Crew and creators

Based on

Josef Hobl (Súmrak nad Detvou – divadelní hra)

Screenplay

Karel Špelina

Camera Operator

Jaromír Holpuch

Production Designer

Štěpán Kopecký

Film Editor

Marie Bourová

Sound Designer

Josef Zora

Production Manager

Arthur Feist

Music

Music Composed by

Miloš Smatek

Songs

Perina má štyri rôžky, lidové písně

Singer

mužský sbor (Perina má štyri rôžky)

Production info

Original Title

Matčina zpověď

English Title

A Mother's Confession

Working Title

Detvanská krev / Súmrak nad Poľanou / Súmrak nad Detvou

Parallel Title

Matkina spoveď

Copyright

1937

Production Year

1937

Premiere

10.06.1938

Production

Dafa

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Dafa

Technical info

Versions

Czech