People in the Valley

drama

Typology

feature

Czech title

Lidé pod horami

Runtime

91

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1937

Production year

1937

Premiere

18.03.1938

Language version

Czech

Director

Václav Wasserman

Screenplay

Václav Wasserman

Screenstory

Josef Toman (2)

Synopsis

Brychta, a solitary eccentric and owner of a mill in the mountains, is set on marrying Tereza, the ward of a farmer named Havrda. They live in a small village comprising only a few cottages and all the men in the community are wild about the beautiful, fair-haired Tereza. She, however, only has eyes for the stable-boy Martin but he rejects her, intending to marry another. Brychta goes to court Tereza and sees her embracing Martin. The miller returns home and, in his bitter disappointment, dams up the stream - the only source of water for the village. Farmers Albín, Rybák, Hájek and Havrda discover what he has done and start breaking down the dam. Brychta tries to stop them, threatening them with his rifle. Tempers rise and Albín kills him with a hoe. The men weigh down Brychta's body with a boulder and throw him in the pond. A wandering accordion-player named Jozífek stumbles across the old mill and, finding it empty, steals some money he finds there. His unexpected extravagance leads to his imprisonment and he is charged with the murder. Albín is tormented by his conscience and begins to suffer fits. Tereza, who discovers the truth about the murder, becomes the victim of accusations from her guardian who claims she is at fault for all that has happened. The farmers return to the mill to bury the body, but are arrested. They are judged to have acted in self-defence, however, and the court lets them go free. Tereza leaves the village and the farmers return to their normal lives.

Note

Josef Toman adapted the original film story into the novel Wasp´s Nest.

Cast

František Kreuzmann

mlynář Jan Brychta

Jaroslav Marvan

hospodář František Havrda

Jiřina Štěpničková

Tereza, Havrdova schovanka

Otto Čermák

hospodář Alois Hájek

Betty Kysilková

Hájkova žena

Slávka Procházková

Hanka, dcera Hájkových

Václav Trégl

harmonikář Jozífek Zedníček

L. H. Struna

čeledín Martin

Miroslav Svoboda

hospodář Jan Albín

Marie Grossová

Marie, Albínova žena

Miroslav Kryštof-Kutina

hospodář Josef Rybák

Jan W. Speerger

čeledín Štěpán

Eman Fiala

tulák Dobropil

Alois Dvorský

listonoš

Václav Menger

hostinský

František Vlček

jedlík v hospodě

Karel Černý

strážmistr

Karel Jičínský

vyšetřující soudce

Stanislav Bláha

soudní zapisovatel

Crew and creators

Screenstory

Josef Toman (2)

Camera Operator

Jaromír Holpuch

Production Designer

Štěpán Kopecký

Film Editor

Jan Kohout

Production Manager

František Jerhot

Music

Music Composed by

Erno Košťál

Songs

Hej totu totu, Sivá holuběnko, V tom našem arestě, Šla panenka uťapaná, Na koníčka si vyskočím

Songwriter

lidová píseň (Na koníčka si vyskočím)

Singer

Jiřina Štěpničková (Hej totu totu), sbor (Sivá holuběnko), Josef Příhoda (V tom našem arestě), Josef Příhoda (Šla panenka uťapaná)

Production info

Original Title

Lidé pod horami

English Title

People in the Valley

Copyright

1937

Production Year

1937

Premiere

18.03.1938

Production

Meissner

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Wolframfilm

Technical info

Versions

Czech