The Rapids

melodrama

Typology

feature

Czech title

Peřeje

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1940

Production year

1940

Premiere

21.02.1941

Language version

Czech

Director

Karel Špelina

Screenplay

Karel Steklý

Synopsis

The circus has arrived in a small town. The show is unsuccessful until the appearance of the beautiful dancer Anita, a gipsy. Sluka, the versatile artist of the group, recognises her talent and she becomes his pupil. Anita's exotic beauty captivates the wealthy Mr Regner who begins to court her and finds the circus an engagement in Prague. Anita is also worshipped by the young doctor Pavel Duras with whom Anita falls in love. The love story is tainted, however, by Regner's jealousy. Pavel believes that Anita has sold herself to the wealthy entrepreneur and he leaves her. The young woman is at her wits' end and seeks oblivion in drugs. During one of her performances she catches sight of Pavel in the audience with another girl and she faints. She wakes up in hospital. Anita recovers and is told that Pavel's companion at the show was his sister Zdena. He could not have stopped himself loving Anita.

Cast

Elena Tanasco

cikánská tanečnice Anita Confetti

Svatopluk Beneš

MUDr. Pavel Duras

Václav Trégl

ředitel cirkusu Dyonisius Hloubka

Anna Steimarová

vdova Valerie, majitelka cirkusu

František Paul

hudebník Sluka

R. A. Strejka

tanečník Burnus

F. X. Mlejnek

kouzelník Prospero

Jarmila Beránková

Prosperova schovanka Vilma

Jiří Steimar

podnikatel Regner

Jaroslav Orlický

Parma, Regnerův tajemník

Bonello

artista Martin

Ladislav Janeček

taneční mistr

Viktor Socha

četník

Ota Motyčka

starosta

Karel Máj

reportér

Karel Němec

inspicient

Emanuel Kovařík

vrátný v hotelu

Heda Erjavcová

cikánka

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Jiří Kratina

Based on

Ladislav Novák (Peřeje – divadelní hra)

Screenplay

Karel Steklý

Camera Operator

Jaromír Holpuch

Production Designer

Bohumil Heš

Set Designer

František Suchý

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Sound Designer

Stanislav Vondraš

Production Manager

Arthur Feist

Music

Music Composed by

František Škvor

Songs

Šlo děvčátko po ulici, Na zemi je smutný květen

Singer

R. A. Strejka (Šlo děvčátko po ulici)

Choreographer

Joe Jenčík

Danced by

Viktor Malcev, Jaroslav Tyc, Bohumil Augustin, Robert Braun, Zbyněk Vaněk, Emil Fassl, Miroslav Chmelenský, Karel Křeček, František Morawetz, Jiří Němeček, Miroslav Šťastný

Production info

Original Title

Peřeje

English Title

The Rapids

Copyright

1940

Production Year

1940

Premiere

21.02.1941

Production

Dafa

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Dafa

Technical info

Versions

Czech