Fiery Summer

film-poem

Typology

feature

Czech title

Ohnivé léto

Runtime

91

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1939

Production year

1939

Premiere

20.10.1939

Language version

Czech

Director

František Čáp, Václav Krška

Screenplay

František Čáp, Václav Krška

Summary

Using his own novel Odcházeti s podzimem (Leaving with Autumn) as a foundation, Václav Krška wrote a screenplay that he set out to turn into a film in 1939 together with another debutant Frantíšek Čáp. This romantic story turns on a stirring infatuation that takes hold of three young people under the influence of Šimon, a Prague student. After the study year, 18 year-old Julio returns to his parental home, a little chateau on the Otava river. There he converges with his childhood friend Petr and the young boatman's daughter Klárka. Sharing her beguilement with Šimon, who has quickly turned a tranquil summer atmosphere into a relationship drama, is Julio’s cousin Rosa… Alongside Václav Sova – his part as Julio represented his only fling with the film scene – Lída Baarová shines as Rosa. Svatopluk Beneš plays Šimon while the part of Klárka is taken by the then 18 year-old Zorka Janů – Baarová’s younger sister who in 1946 committed suicide because she could not bear the persecution of her family.

Synopsis

After eight years of studying, Julio, the eighteen-year-old son of a lord of the manor, now lately deceased, returns home. He is warmly welcomed by his old nurse Paulina and his cousin Rosa. However, he receives only cold stares from Rosa's mother, Julio's aunt. The ageing woman keeps her distance from everyone and does not wish the young people to mix with the local youths. The temperamental Rosa has bewitched the timid Julio and he finally has to runs away from her. He meets Petr, his friend from childhood who works at the manor as a gardener. Petr takes him to meet his friends and they spend their leisure time in the romantic environment of the river. One night, the old ferryman tends the wounds of a young man named Šimon, a student from Prague who causes unease among the friends. The ferryman's granddaughter Klárka falls in love with him but he only treats her like a child. Šimon has eyes only for Rosa, who returns his feelings. Klárka's jealousy drives her to attempt suicide. She is saved, but at the cost of Petr's life. The summer ends, Šimon goes back to Prague and says farewell to Rosa. Rosa tells him she is expecting his child and so Šimon takes her with him.

Film online

Cast

Otylie Beníšková

Juliova teta

Lída Baarová

Rosa, dcera tety

Svatopluk Beneš

student Šimon

Antonie Nedošinská

chůva Paulina

Zorka Janů

Červená Klárka

Josef Stadler

zahradník Petr

Jaroslav Liška

Střevlík, Petrův kamarád

František Roland

starý převozník, Klárčin dědeček

Jan W. Speerger

železničář

Bohdan Lachman

komorník

Commentary

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Rudolf Stahl

Based on

Václav Krška (Odcházeti s podzimem – román)

Camera Operator

Jaromír Holpuch

Production Designer

Jan Zázvorka

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Production Manager

Jan Sinnreich

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Srnka

Music Performed by

Orchestr F.O.K.

Songs

Milujem' to, co ztrácíme, Když se ten Tálínskej rybník nahání, Okolo Sázavy teče vodička, Nebo ruka Páně dotkla se mě, Hej hora, hora převysoká

Songwriter

Jiří Srnka (Milujem' to, co ztrácíme)

Writer of Lyrics

K. M. Walló (Milujem' to, co ztrácíme)

Singer

Lída Baarová (Milujem' to, co ztrácíme), sbor (Když se ten Tálínskej rybník nahání), sbor (Okolo Sázavy teče vodička), ženský hlas (Nebo ruka Páně dotkla se mě), mužský hlas (Hej hora, hora převysoká)

Production info

Original Title

Ohnivé léto

English Title

Fiery Summer

Copyright

1939

Production Year

1939

Premiere

20.10.1939

Production

Lucernafilm

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Lucernafilm

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Event: Národní ceny za umění filmové

1940
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Václav Krška

Vítěz

Event: Ceny ministra průmyslu, obchodu a živností

1940
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Lucernafilm

Vítěz

Event: Národní ceny za umění filmové

1940
Praha / Czechoslovakia
František Čáp

Vítěz

Event: Národní ceny za umění filmové

1940
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Jiří Srnka

Vítěz

Event: Národní ceny za umění filmové

1940
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Karel Degl