Prelude

melodrama

Typology

feature

Czech title

Preludium

Runtime

0 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1941

Production year

1941

Premiere

25.12.1941

Language version

Czech

Director

František Čáp

Synopsis

Theatre props man Karel Vajgant is married to young Magda and they have two children, seven-year-old Pavlík and eleven-year-old Pepička. Magda is an anxious mother but senses that her husband puts his work and his comfort first. In a weak moment, Magda is unfaithful to her husband. Vajgant receives an anonymous letter which informs him of his wife's infidelity. His friend, the curtain-drawer Tonda, advises him to throw away the letter and instead spend more time with his wife. Karel invites his wife to a winebar. Magda is weighed down by her conscience and decides to admit her infidelity to Karel. Karel is greatly shocked by this and is determined to part with his wife and later divorce her. Magda has no choice but to propose that Pepička will keep house for him and she will look after Pavlík. During the few days left before Magda's departure, Vajgant realises that his wife deeply regrets her actions. Karel's pious old friend Zikmund reminds him that even a desecrated church can be consecrated once more. When his daughter begs him to let her leave with her mother, Karel chooses to forgive Magda.

Cast

Zdeněk Štěpánek

divadelní rekvizitář Karel Vajgant

Jiřina Štěpničková

Magda, Vajgantova žena

Nataša Tanská

Pepička, dcera Vajgantových

Miroslav Červený

Pavlík, syn Vajgantových

Terezie Brzková

šatnářka v divadle, Magdina matka

Jan Pivec

oponář v divadle Tonda

František Kovářík

pasíř v divadle Zikmund

Míla Pačová

herečka Holmová

František Roland

policejní komisař

Jan W. Speerger

policejní inspektor

Václav Pecián

strážník

Darja Hajská

herečka

Marie Ježková

guvernantka

Jiří Krchňavý

Toník, Pavlíkův kamarád

František Paul

asistent scény

František Milič

inspicient

Anna Steimarová

Klepetářová

Antonín Jirsa

manžel paní Klepetářové

Jiří Fiala

varhaník

Marie Nademlejnská

prostitutka

Miloš Šubrt

chodec v sadech

Stanislava Strobachová

animírka ve vinárně

Slávka Doležalová

animírka ve vinárně

Elsa Vetešníková

animírka ve vinárně

Jiří Eliáš

pianista ve vinárně Pepek

Viktor Socha

číšník ve vinárně

Oleg Reif

kluk

Jarmila Smejkalová

květinářka v restauraci

Dubbing

Eduard Kohout

hlas Magdina svůdce

Crew and creators

Screenstory

Josef Rovenský

Camera Operator

Jaromír Holpuch

Production Designer

Jan Zázvorka

Set Designer

Prokop Pěkný

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Production Manager

Karel Šilhánek

Music

Music Performed by

Jiří Eliáš (klavírní sólo)

Songs

Ještě já se na tě podívám

Production info

Original Title

Preludium

English Title

Prelude

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

melodrama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1941

Production Year

1941

Premiere

25.12.1941

Production

Lucernafilm

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Lucernafilm

Technical info

Versions

Czech