May Fairy Tale

narrative

Typology

feature

Czech title

Pohádka máje

Runtime

134

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1940

Production year

1940

Language version

Czech

Director

Otakar Vávra

Synopsis

Ríša, a student of law, neglects his studies in favour of parties and pranks. His angry father refuses to continue helping him out of his debts. Ríša, however, is not entirely beyond hope. He decides to go and stay for a while with his uncle, a priest, who lives in Moravia, in order to prepare for his exams. He meets Helenka, the timid daughter of the local gamekeeper, at a village ball and is enchanted by her. She is completely unlike any other woman he has met. Their acquaintance is transformed into a great passion. The days pass and their idyllic relationship begins to tire Ríša. Out of some kind of malicious joy, he begins to tell Helenka about his former debauched life the about the broken hearts of beautiful women. Although these are figments of his imagination, Helenka is hurt and refuses to see Ríša anymore. His uncle, the priest, is incensed at his behaviour and orders his nephew out of the house. Ríša tries desperately to find Helenka so he can make it up to her. Just before his train is about to leave for Prague, Helenka forgives him.

Note

This theme had already been treated in a Czech film under the same title (Dir: Karel Anton, 1926).

Cast

Jaroslav Vojta

revírník, Helenčin otec

Leopolda Dostalová

Helenina teta Marta

Svatopluk Beneš

student práv Ríša Gregor

Theodor Pištěk

hostinský Gregor, Ríšův otec

Marie Blažková

Ríšova matka

Jaroslav Průcha

farář, Ríšův strýc

Vlasta Fabianová

Ríšova bytná paní Křížová

Miloš Nedbal

manžel paní Křížové

Božena Šustrová

Helenčina přítelkyně Cilka

Hermína Vojtová

Cilčina matka

Slávka Procházková

služka na faře Kačka

Stanislava Strobachová

sklepnice u Pinkasů

Václav Švec

vrchní číšník Melichárek

Miloš Šubrt

hajný Voříšek

František Kovářík

stařík bylinkář

Filip Balek-Brodský

pan řídící

Stanislav Neumann

kostelník

Emanuel Hříbal

host na faře

Martin Raus

student Pechát

Jiří Fiala

dirigent

Antonín Jirsa

hostinský

Jiří Hron

číšník v hospodě

Josef Oliak

domovník

Margit Fleischhansová

tanečnice

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Rudolf Stahl

Based on

Vilém Mrštík (Pohádka máje – román)

Screenplay

Otakar Vávra

Production Designer

Jan Zázvorka

Set Designer

Prokop Pěkný

Film Editor

Jan Kohout

Production Manager

Jan Sinnreich

Cooperation

F. X. Mlejnek

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Srnka

Music Performed by

Orchestr F.O.K.

Songs

Voděnka studená jako led, Naše verné milovanie, Voda uplyne, láska pomine, Kdyby byla Morava jako Slezsko, Anička, dušička, nekašli

Singer

sbor (Voděnka studená jako led), mužský hlas (Naše verné milovanie), dívčí sbor (Voda uplyne, láska pomine)

Production info

Original Title

Pohádka máje

English Title

May Fairy Tale

Copyright

1940

Production Year

1940

Production

Elekta

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Elekta

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Event: Stuhy časopisu Český filmový zpravodaj

1941
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Otakar Vávra

Vítěz

Event: Národní ceny za umění filmové

1941
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Nataša Gollová

Vítěz

Event: Národní ceny za umění filmové

1941
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Otakar Vávra