Mist in the Moorland

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1943

Production year

1943

Premiere

14 January 1944

Runtime

94 min

Category

film

Genre

drama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Mlhy na Blatech

Czech title

Mlhy na Blatech

English title

Mist in the Moorland

Parallel title

Nebel über dem Moor

Working title

Milenec tůní / Láska a vášeň

Synopsis

The orphan Vojta works as a horseherd for farmer Potužák. The wild young man is hard-working but unruly. He is fond of poaching animals on the lords' estates, in the forests and lakes which he sells to middlemen. Potužák's sixteen-year-old daughter Apolenka is in love with him, as he is with her, although he is unconscious of the fact. Her timid brother Václav admires Vojta while Vojta despises him. Apolenka is attacked in the forest by the drunk Martinák. Vojta stuns him with a rod and runs off with Apolenka. Unfortunately the man comes to just as Václav is walking past him and the latter is blamed for the attack. Václav is arrested. Apolenka wants Vojta to tell what really happened; although he says nothing, Václav is still released shortly afterwards. Vojta begins to feel pangs of guilt and starts behaving more kindly to Václav. He now even finds killing animals distasteful. When he lets a deer free from its trap, the poacher Karhoun stabs him with a knife. Vojta, seriously wounded, is saved by granny Potužák and her great healing potions. The young man now has to serve in the army but Potužák promises him that, if he acquires a good position in the future, he will be able to have Apolenka as his wife.

Note

The film was presented already late in 1943 in České Budějovice, Louny nad Pardubice.

Film online

Cast

Zdeněk Štěpánek

sedlák Josef Potužák

Marie Blažková

manželka Potužáka

Vladimír Salač

Václav, syn Potužákových

Jarmila Smejkalová

Apolenka, dcera Potužákových

Terezie Brzková

zbudovská babička

Rudolf Hrušínský

čeledín Vojta

Jaroslav Zrotal

myslivec Radonický

Jaroslav Průcha

sedlák z Pašic Jakub Krušný

Marie Nademlejnská

manželka Jakuba Krušného

Josef Kotapiš

Jakub, syn Krušných

Helena Smolová

Anča, dcera Krušných

Vilém Pfeiffer

panský pěšák Martinák

František Kreuzmann

pytlák Karhoun

Miloš Nedbal

vyšetřující soudce

František Roland

košíkář Pavlíček

Otto Rubík

panský správce

František Filipovský

soudní úředník Novák

Rudolf Deyl ml.

pacholek u Potužáků Tomeš

Alois Dvorský

krejčí Mejstřík

Vladimír Šmeral

mladý sedlák u zbudovské babičky

Darja Hajská

hospodyně u zbudovské babičky

Bohuš Rendl

Ferda, druhý syn Krušného

Špaček

Crew and creators

Based on

Karel Klostermann (Mlhy na Blatech – román)

Director of Photography

Ferdinand Pečenka, Bruno Stephan, J. V. Staněk (přírodní snímky)

Production Designer

Jan Zázvorka

Set Designer

Prokop Pěkný

Costume Designer

Fernand Vácha

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Production Manager

Vilém Brož, Karel Šilhánek

Unit Production Manager

Robert Vyhlídka

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Srnka

Music Performed by

Orchestr Pragfilmu (Music Conducted by Václav SmetáčekJindřich Bubeníček)

Songs

Nepůjdu já, přes ty hory, lesy

Production info

Original Title

Mlhy na Blatech

Czech Title

Mlhy na Blatech

English Title

Mist in the Moorland

Parallel Title

Nebel über dem Moor

Working Title

Milenec tůní / Láska a vášeň

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1943

Production Year

1943

Production specifications

date of censorship 15 December 1943 (predikáty „umělecky zvláštní hodnotný film“, „lidově hodnotný film“ a „film pro Den hrdinů“)
projection approval 19 June 1945 (konec povolení k promítání 19. 6. 1946)
projection approval 11 June 1946 (konec povolení k promítání 31. 12. 1946)

Premiere

preview 12/1943 (České Budějovice, Louny a Pardubice)
premiere 14 January 1944 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Kapitol /3 týdny/, Lucerna /3 týdny/ a Phönix /3 týdny/, Praha)
renewed premiere 06/1945 /unsuitable for youths/

Production

Lucernafilm

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Pragfilm Hostivař

Distribution

Lucernafilm (původní 1943), Státní půjčovna filmů (obnovená 1945)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

94 min

Original length in metres

2 668 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, German