Eighteen Years Old

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1939

Production year

1939

Premiere

21 April 1939

Runtime

68 min

Category

film

Genre

melodrama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Osmnáctiletá

Czech title

Osmnáctiletá

English title

Eighteen Years Old

Working title

Zpověď osmnáctileté

Synopsis

Běla is wrongfully accused by her sister-in-law Kateřina of murdering her child and is convicted. Her case is taken up by a lawyer, Kristýna Bavorová. Běla lived in rented accommodation with Mrs Perná. The latter's son Antonín had secretly loved Běla. Běla makes the acquaintance of the amiable Jan Novák while on an excursion. They had both missed the train and spent the night together in a hotel room. Běla later discovered she was pregnant but was unable to find the man. Běla was at her wits' end and her brother Josef offered to look after her, taking her and the child with him to live in the countryside. Běla's sister-in-law Kateřina suspected her for telling Josef of her secret affair with the adjunct Ptáček. She took her revenge by making Běla do hard manual work. Běla, weakened by the birth, went to do the washing and had to take the baby with her to the river in a basket. In a terrible accident the basket overturned and the child drowned. Kateřina accused Běla of murder. Kristýna proves Běla's innocence and takes her under her wing and they both try to track down Jan. During this period Kristýna's husband Bavor returns from his travels and Běla recognises him as her lover. She lets slip some information about their affair and Kristýna finds out the truth. In his wretchedness, Bavor attempts suicide. Běla forgives him and leaves with Antonín who has asked her to be his wife.

Cast

Hana Vítová

Běla Olivová

Bolek Prchal

Josef Oliva, Bělin bratr

Ladislav Boháč

Ing. Jan Bavor alias Jan Novák

Vlasta Hrubá

Kateřina, Olivova žena

Zita Kabátová

JUDr. Kristýna Bavorová

Gustav Nezval

Antonín Perný

Marie Blažková

Perného matka

Vilém Pfeiffer

lesní adjunkt Emanuel Ptáček

Karel Černý

předseda soudu

Stanislav Neumann

hostinský a hodinář

Václav Mlčkovský

předseda senátu

Antonín Volný

soudní zřízenec

Jiří Schreinzer

soudní zřízenec

Bohuš Záhorský

státní zástupce

Ladislav Janeček

Perného přítel František

František Filipovský

faktor v tiskárně

Dagmar Lehovcová

dělnice v tiskárně

Bohumil Langer

přísedící soudu

Slávka Rosenbergová

rozvádějící se žena

František Černý

rozvádějící se muž

Marie Norrová

služka u JUDr.Bavorové Milka

Eva Prchlíková

dělnice v tiskárně

Jarmila Zezulková

dělnice v tiskárně

Jan W. Speerger

polír na stavbě

Josef Sládek

policista

Václav Menger

člen poroty

Antonín Šolc

člen poroty

Marie Oliaková

členka poroty

Oldřich Kovář

zpěvák ve vlaku

Dubbing

František Říha

hlas kolportéra

Crew and creators

Based on

Marie Doležalová (Kdo jsi bez viny – román)

Screenplay

Karel Steklý

Director of Photography

Jan Stallich

Camera Operator

Jaromír Holpuch

Production Designer

Ferdinand Fiala

Set Designer

Rudolf Žák

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Sound Designer

Josef Zora

Production Manager

Karel Feix

Cooperation

Antonín Frič (fotograf)

Music

Music Composed by

Josef Stelibský

Music Performed by

Orchestr F.O.K.

Songs

Zpívám, protože celý svět rád mám

Songwriter Josef Stelibský
Writer of Lyrics Karel Melíšek
Singer SetleřiOldřich Kovář

Kolo, kolo mlýnský

Singer dětský sbor

Production info

Original Title

Osmnáctiletá

Czech Title

Osmnáctiletá

English Title

Eighteen Years Old

Working Title

Zpověď osmnáctileté

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

melodrama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1939

Production Year

1939

Production specifications

date of censorship 04/1939
projection approval 11/1945 (konec povolení k promítání 21. 5. 1947)
projection approval 1947 (neschváleno do distribuce)

Premiere

premiere 21 April 1939 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Amerika /1 týden/, Máj /1 týden/ a Praha /1 týden/, Praha)
renewed premiere 23 December 1945 /unsuitable for youths/

Production

Nationalfilm

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

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

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

68 min

Original length in metres

1 950 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