The Court of God

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1938

Production year

1938

Premiere

6 January 1939

Runtime

90 min

Category

film

Genre

drama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Soud boží

Czech title

Soud boží

English title

The Court of God

Synopsis

Foltýn the forester is sentenced to life imprisonment for shooting dead a poacher called Bárta; the conviction was based on the testimony of the farmer Vávra. Foltýn's fiancée Terezka later marries Vávra. One child is born in their rather unhappy marriage, Liduška. Bárta's widow brings up her son Antonín with financial help given by Vávra. Twenty years pass. Liduška and Antonín fall in love with each other and get engaged. Foltýn returns to the village, the remainder of his term having been pardoned. He is determined to find Bárta's real murderer. The cobbler Hejda, who has been suffering from pangs of conscience, tells Foltýn that the murderer was Vávra. When Terezka learns of her husband's guilt she begs Foltýn to keep quiet about it so as to avoid publicly shaming Liduška. Foltýn is implacable, however, and at long last Vávra admits he must be punished for his crime. He asks Foltýn to wait till after the wedding of Antonín and Liduška. During the wedding ceremony Vávra disappears and tries to make good his escape. But when he sees Foltýn approaching him, he shoots himself. Thus justice triumphs and Foltýn, appeased, departs.

Cast

František Kreuzmann

sedlák a hostinský Petr Vávra

Světla Svozilová

Terezka Procházková pozd. Vávrova žena

Věra Gabrielová

Liduška, dcera Vávrových

Otomar Korbelář

lesník Jan Foltýn

Vladimír Šmeral

brusič skla Antonín Bárta

Ella Nollová

Bártova matka

František Kovářík

obuvník Hejda

Václav Trégl

kočí u Vávrů Tomeš

Marie Hálová

děvečka u Vávrů Bětuška

Jaroslav Marvan

předseda soudu

Antonín Kandert

státní návladní

Fráňa Vajner

soudní sluha

Josef Waltner

přísedící u soudu

Ferdinand Kohout

přísedící u soudu

František Kratina

přísedící u soudu

Antonín Volný

přísedící u soudu

Jaroslav Vávra

oddávající kněz

Crew and creators

Based on

Jiří Hora (Bártova pomsta – divadelní hra)

Screenplay

Karel Steklý

Director of Photography

Josef Střecha

Production Designer

Jan Zázvorka

Film Editor

Jan Kohout

Production Manager

Václav Dražil

Cooperation

Antonín Frič (fotograf)

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Fiala

Production info

Original Title

Soud boží

Czech Title

Soud boží

English Title

The Court of God

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1938

Production Year

1938

Production specifications

date of censorship 12/1938
projection approval 09/1945 (konec povolení k promítání 31. 3. 1947)
projection approval 1947 (neschváleno do distribuce)

Premiere

premiere 6 January 1939 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Máj /1 týden/ a Ráj /1 týden/, Praha)
renewed premiere 29 September 1945 /unsuitable for youths/

Production

Lucernafilm

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Lucernafilm (původní 1939), Státní půjčovna filmů (obnovená 1945)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

90 min

Original length in metres

2 560 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

Tobis – Klang

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech