The Lantern

fairytale

Typology

feature

Czech title

Lucerna

Runtime

85

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1938

Production year

1938

Premiere

09.11.1938

Language version

Czech

Director

Karel Lamač

Screenplay

Bohumír Polách, Václav Wasserman, František Kožík

Synopsis

A young princess arrives on her estate. The welcome ceremony bores her and she listens instead to the gossip about the rebellious miller who has refused to come to the castle. He lives with his mother and ward Hanička in an old mill. The miller is relieved of his statutory labour, however, and his new duty is to take a lantern and accompany the princess at her leisure to her manor in the forest. She grows fond of the miller and frequently asks him to accompany her to the manor. The water-sprite Michal is in love with Hanička and he follows her. The trainee teacher Zajíček composes a serenade for the princess and intends to ask her for a position as teacher so that he can get married. Klásková, the wife of a musician, goes to look for her husband in the forest and there she meets Michal who tells her that foot soldiers have gone to the mill to cut down an old linden tree and take Hanička away. Hanička, however, escapes but Michal lies in wait for her. Klásková urges the water-sprite to the castle and there he tells the miller what is being planned. The miller accuses the princess of betraying him and she, in order to prove to him that she knew nothing about it, breaks the lantern, thereby freeing the miller of his duty to her. Zajíček's wishes are also fulfilled, the linden tree is saved along with Hanička who had been hiding inside the hollow trunk.

Note

The film the anniversary of the end of statutory labour and celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Czechoslovak Republic. This theme had already been treated in a Czech film under the same title (Dir: Karel Lamač, 1925).

Cast

Otomar Korbelář

mlynář Libor

Ferenc Futurista

vodník Ivan

Eman Fiala

vodník Michal

Jára Kohout

Klásek

Darja Hajská

Kačenka Klásková

Gustav Hilmar

sekerník Braha

František Voborský

učitelský Josef Zajíček

Ota Motyčka

rychtář Kroužilka

Anna Gabrielová

komorná kněžny

Ela Šárková

komorná Claire

Rudolf Princ

markýz

Antonín Holzinger

komorník Jean

Josef Oliak

zámecký kaplan

Jan W. Speerger

mušketýr

Jindřich Láznička

hudebník Sejtko

Josef Zora

hudebník Zimák

Crew and creators

Director

Karel Lamač

Based on

Alois Jirásek (Lucerna – divadelní hra)

Camera

Jan Roth

Production Designer

Jan Zázvorka

Film Editor

Marie Bourová

Sound Designer

Josef Zora

Production Manager

Roman Miškevyč

Music

Music Composed by

Miloš Smatek

Music Performed by

Orchestr F.O.K.

Production info

Original Title

Lucerna

English Title

The Lantern

Copyright

1938

Production Year

1938

Premiere

09.11.1938

Production

Terra

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Terra

Technical info

Versions

Czech