People in the Valley [German version]

drama

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Lidé pod horami [německá verze]

Runtime

91 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1938

Production year

1938

Premiere

13.05.1938

Language version

German

Director

Václav Wasserman

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. According to the film yearbook issued at the time film was made, the length of the film was 2600,0 m.

Cast

Willi Volker

sedlák Havrda

Jiřina Štěpničková

Anka, Havrdova schovanka

Leo Mittersteiner

mlynář Hans Brychta

Rudolf Stadler

sedlák Hájek

Marion Wünsche

Hanka, Hájkova dcera

Viktor Afritsch

sedlák Rybák

Karl Trabauer

sedlák Albin

Else Lord

Marie, Albinova žena

Fritz Klippel

čeledín Štěpán

Alexander Fischer-Marich

potulný muzikant Zedníček

Walter Szurowy

čeledín Martin

Crew and creators

Screenstory

Josef Toman (2)

Production Designer

Karel Petr Adam

Film Editor

Jan Kohout

Music

Music Composed by

Erno Košťál

Production info

Original Title

Lidé pod horami [německá verze]

English Title

People in the Valley [German version]

Parallel Title

Menschen in den Bergen

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1938

Production Year

1938

Premiere

13.05.1938

Production

Meissner

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Wolframfilm

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

91 min

Versions

German