Thirsty Youth

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1943

Production year

1942—1943

Premiere

15 October 1943

Runtime

83 min

Category

film

Genre

drama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Žíznivé mládí

Czech title

Žíznivé mládí

English title

Thirsty Youth

Parallel title

Jugendrausch

Working title

Vrabčák

Synopsis

The wife of cottager Marek has an illegitimate son, Jaroslav, with landowner Navrátil, who has no interest in the boy. Marek reproaches his wife for her misbehaviour even after many years, avoids working, and drinks away their money. Jaroslav is a good boy and his mother is a great support. He likes Liduška, who lives alone with her father, the ferryman Král. Her mother has long ago abandoned them. Marek makes friends with the vagabond Doubek, who usually comes to the village each summer for seasonal farm work. Doubek takes a fancy to Liduška, and the romantic adolescent girl is not indifferent to him. Jaroslav is jealous of Doubek and on account of him he quarrels with Liduška. Mrs. Králová comes from Prague, but she leaves at once without having met with her daughter. Marek needs money for his lover, the innkeeper Marie, and together with Doubek he burglarizes Navrátil's safe. Doubek is soon arrested after the theft and Marek drowns in fleeing from the police. Navrátil, whose marriage has remained childless, would like to redress his long years of indifference toward his son by offering Mrs. Marková and Jaroslav money. Both, however, proudly refuse it. Liduška makes up with Jaroslav.

Cast

Ladislav Boháč

chalupník Josef Marek

Helena Bušová

Anežka, Markova žena

Vladimír Salač

kovářský učeň Jaroslav, syn Markových

Vladimír Leraus

statkář Navrátil, Jaroslavův pravý otec

Marie Rosůlková

Marie, Navrátilova žena

Jindřich Plachta

převozník Václav Král

Stanislava Strobachová

Ludmila, Králova bývalá žena

Stella Májová

Liduška, dcera Králových

Josef Gruss

tulák František Doubek

Jaroslav Marvan

četnický strážmistr Hora

Eman Fiala

hajný František Mařinec

František Filipovský

učitel Kolátor

Marie Vášová

šenkýřka Marie Novotná

J. Nožička

velebný pán

Jan W. Speerger

četnický strážmistr

Antonín Jirsa

kovář Josef Jíra

Josef Steigl

šafář

Drahomíra Hůrková

ošetřovatelka

pes Rek

pes Cikán

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Ivo Novák

Screenstory

Karel Nový

Script Editor

Josef Hlaváč

Director of Photography

Julius Vegricht

Camera Operator

Jan Novák

Production Designer

Ferdinand Fiala

Set Designer

Oldřich Novotný

Film Editor

Marie Bourová

Production Manager

Otakar Sedláček, Karel Feix

Unit Production Manager

Miloš Mastník

Consultant

Adolf Wenig

Music

Music Composed by

Jan Kapr

Songs

Jaké je to hezké, dva kováři v městě

Singer Ladislav BoháčMarie VášováJosef Gruss

Sivá holuběnko

Singer dětský sbor

Teče voda proti vodě

Singer Josef Gruss

Srdíčko mě bolí, churaví

Singer Josef Gruss

Production info

Original Title

Žíznivé mládí

Czech Title

Žíznivé mládí

English Title

Thirsty Youth

Parallel Title

Jugendrausch

Working Title

Vrabčák

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1943

Production Year

1942—1943

Production specifications

date of censorship 8 October 1943 (predikáty „uznáníhodný film“ a „film pro Den hrdinů“)

Premiere

premiere 15 October 1943 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Adrie /3 týdny/, Kapitol /3 týdny/ a Phönix /3 týdny/, Praha)

Production

Nationalfilm

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Pragfilm Radlice

Distribution

Nationalfilm

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

83 min

Original length in metres

2 355 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