Gamekeepers in Black

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1944

Production year

1944

Premiere

neproběhla

Runtime

92 min

Director

Martin Frič

Category

film

Genre

drama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Film state

partially realised project

Original title

Černí myslivci

Czech title

Černí myslivci

English title

Gamekeepers in Black

Parallel title

Der schwarzen Jäger

Summary

Unfinished film.

Synopsis

The black gamekeepers were a group of twelve men taken into the service of a prince who lived in a castle in wooded hills. The young men were famed for the dancing skill and there were no better lovers. Every once in a while they would ride down to town on their noble horses, and the town would be considerably more lively for their presence. The prince had forbidden them marriage, and so in their wake they left many a broken heart. The film was to have told the story of the love of an innkeeper's beautiful daughter for Jiří the hunter. (Based on press reports of the time)

The middle of the 19th century. The prince of the mountain forest manor has a group of twelve hunters called Gamekeepers in Black, including hunters Vojtěch, Jan, Antonín, Oldřich, Karel and Rudolf. They are not allowed to get married. Occasionally they come to Dymák's pub in Plavé Hůrky to have fun. In front of the village girls, they show off their skills, such as for example dancing. The oldest hunter, Václav, who has served four years of service and has become a gamekeeper, is replaced by a young man, Jiří. Žofka, a Dymák's daughter, falls in love with young Jiří. The daughter of the keeper of the Princely Court breaks up with Jiří. The violent smith likes Žofka and does not approve of Žofka and Jiří's relationship. The young couple meets up secretly in the forest and in a cabin of Marjána, who sells spices at the market. The smith sets Marjána's cabin to fire out of jealousy. Žofka gets pregnant with Jiří's baby. After the unpleasant event with the smith, whose leg is now paralysed, the hunters cannot go to Plavé Hůrky anymore. The prince allows them to go there in winter. The smith continues to follow Žofka and Jiří when they came to the forest again. Žofka reveals to Jiří, that she is pregnant. The smith starts to fight Jiří and tells Dymák about the young girl's sin. Jiří asks for the blessing from Žofka's father so he can marry her. Jealous Sláva, a daughter of a commander, makes her father to ask for the prince's permission to marry Jiří so that he cannot marry Žofka. Žofka later receives a wedding announcement about their wedding, which sent her Sláva herself. Dymák pushes Žofka into marriage with the smith. At the last minute, Sláva admits to her father that she lied, and Jiří convicts the smith of arson right before Žofka's wedding. Nothing stands in the way of Jiří and Žofka's wedding anymore. (Based on the original script)

Note

Only the exterior scenes were shot, at the end of 1944 (for example fire at the farm). After the liberation, filming, although originally planned, did not continue. This theme has already been treated in a Czech film under the same title (Dir: Václav Binovec, 1921).

Cast

Dana Medřická

Žofka Dymáková

Gustav Nezval

knížecí myslivec Jiří Horák

Jaroslav Průcha

hostinský Dymák, otec Žofky

Jindřich Plachta

správce knížecího Žalovského dvora Drvota

Karel Dostal

kníže Rudolf

Svatopluk Beneš

knížecí myslivec

Fred Bulín

knížecí myslivec

Miroslav Homola

knížecí myslivec

Ladislav Janeček

knížecí myslivec

Pavel Pásek

knížecí myslivec

Vilém Pfeiffer

knížecí myslivec

Vilém Pruner

knížecí myslivec

Jiří Roll

knížecí myslivec

Nora Stallich

knížecí myslivec

Bedřich Ulrych

knížecí myslivec

Arno Velecký

knížecí myslivec

Jiří Vondrovič

knížecí myslivec

Emil Bolek

revírník Vlnas

Vladimír Leraus

revírník Robert

Ella Nollová

kořenářka Marjána

Terezie Brzková

babička Žofky

Lída Chválová

Sláva, správcova dcera a Jiřího milá

Vladimír Řepa

forman Hůrka

Marie Ježková

Hůrkova žena

Milada Smolíková

hospodyně v hostinci

Eman Fiala

sklepmistr Jožka

Drahomíra Hůrková

služka v hostinci Hanči

Anna Hlaváčková-Vávrová

služka u správců Anna Jarmila

Bedřich Vrbský

pobočník knížete

Zvonimir Rogoz

hostinský Řehák v Chlomech

Anna Ferencová

vesnické děvče

Nora Cífková

vesnické děvče

Radoslav Gregor

kovářův pomocník

Eva Vrchlická ml.

městské děvče

Vlasta Wernerová

děvče

Naděžda Záleská

děvče

Crew and creators

Director

Martin Frič

Screenstory

Karel Steklý

Based on

Růžena Svobodová (Černí myslivci – povídka ze sbírky Černí myslivci)

Director of Photography

Václav Hanuš

Camera Operator

Alois Jiráček

Production Designer

Ferdinand Fiala

Costume Designer

J. M. Gottlieb, Jiří Trnka

Make-Up Artist

Miloslav Koubek, Antonín Mužík, Jan Matoušek

Film Editor

Jan Kohout

Production Manager

Václav Dražil, Karel Feix (ředitel výroby)

Unit Production Manager

František Urbánek

Unit Production Manager

Bohumil Svoboda

Consultant

Jiří Frejka (umělecký poradce), Ondřej Sekora (výtvarný a dobový poradce), Miroslav Haller (jazykový poradce)

Cooperation

Antonín Frič (fotograf), Joža Götzová, Čeněk Rendl, J. Fallada

Music

Music Composed by

Josef Stelibský

Music Performed by

Orchestr Pragfilmu

Locations

Beskydy, Dobříš, okolí (Dobříš), Trnová, Nový Knín

Production info

Original Title

Černí myslivci

Czech Title

Černí myslivci

English Title

Gamekeepers in Black

Parallel Title

Der schwarzen Jäger

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Film state

partially realised project

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1944

Production Year

1944

Production specifications

date of censorship nepředloženo cenzuře
start of filming 16 October 1944
end of filming 01/1945

Premiere

premiere neproběhla

Distribution slogan

no caption

Production

Nationalfilm

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

92 min

Original length in metres

2 600 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