The Herald of Dawn

biography

Typology

feature

Czech title

Posel úsvitu

Runtime

123

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1950

Production year

1950

Premiere

28.09.1951

Language version

Czech

Director

Václav Krška

Screenplay

Václav Krška, Jaroslav Klíma

Synopsis

Master clockmaker Josef Božek installs a new clock in the main tower in Hradec Králové - the largest and most precise clock in the Austrian monarchy. As he does so, he looks back on his life with its moments of joy, but also disappointments and sorrow. After his arrival in Prague in 1805 the technically proficient young man, obsessed with new inventions, was successful with his cutting machine, even though he looked on with regret as the workers criticized him for taking work away from them. Božek also constructed an artificial hand for the invalid Svoboda. He married his beloved Josefinka. He was subsequently unable to complete his studies at the polytechnic, prevented from doing so by the arrogant director of that institution, Gerstner. He was also unsuccessful as a tutor in the services of Count Clam-Martinic. His hopes were revived after meeting Count Buquoy, through whose mediation he was able to become well acquainted with Watt's steam engine. Then Božek began to devise a vehicle driven by steam. After months of exhausting work and debts his machine set off. The burgrave was the first passenger to ride in it in public. Immediately afterwards he allowed his Josefinka to travel in it which enraged members of the nobility. When the machine accidently ran over a lapdog belonging to one of the ladies, panic erupted, which brought his fame and success to an end. After this incident, Božek could never work on his inventions again.

Cast

Vladimír Ráž

vynálezce a mechanik Josef Božek

Hana Kavalírová

Josefina Longová, později Božkova žena

Jiří Plachý

profesor František Gerstner, ředitel polytechniky

Jiřina Steimarová

Gerstnerová žena

Zdeněk Kampf

student Tony, syn Gerstnerových

Vladimír Hlavatý

profesor Josef Havle

Rudolf Deyl st.

purkrabí Wallis

Marta Májová

Wallisová, žena purkrabího

Saša Rašilov

policejní prezident Czech

Marie Glázrová

hraběnka Clam-Martinicová

Eduard Kohout

hrabě Clam-Martinic

František Kreuzmann

arcibiskup Salm ze Salmů

Jiří Dohnal

hrabě Buquoy

Bedřich Karen

Alois Alois Knopp, majitel továrny na sukno

Růžena Šlemrová

Knoppova žena

Jaroslav Vojta

kolářský mistr Václav Svoboda

Jarmila Kurandová

Svobodová, kolářova žena

Václav Švorc

Václav, syn Svobodových

Stanislav Fišer

Prokůpek, syn Svobodových jako mladík

Zdeněk Řehoř

Prokůpek, syn Svobodových jako dospělý

J. O. Martin

forman Zachariáš

František Kovářík

hodinář Heinrich

Otto Čermák

Kramerius

Karel Jelínek

purkrabí hrabě Kolowrat

Věra Matějová

hraběnka Kolowratová

Jiří Steimar

hodinář Dietrich

Eman Fiala

zřízenec na polytechnice Brdéčko

František Filipovský

úředník v zastavárně

Felix le Breux

správce Wimmer

Miloš Kopecký

lékař Held

František Marek

muž na shromáždění

Josef Kotapiš

pracovník u Knoppa

Alois Dvorský

dělník u Knoppa Anton Hýbl

Božena Helclová

dáma na produkci

Blažena Slavíčková

dáma na produkci

Antonín Kandert

hrabě Šternberk

Karel Dostal

primátor

Josef Příhoda

starý voják

Václav Švec

dozorce u Knoppa

Vojta Plachý-Tůma

majitel přádelny

Karel Linc

student

Vladimír Hrubý

sluha u Clam-Martiniců

Richard Záhorský

páter Bartolomeo

Jiří Kodet

malý hrabě Karel Jan Clam-Martinic

Zdeněk Šavrda

dělník u Knoppa

Hynek Němec

revoltující dělník u Knoppa

Antonín Soukup

muž na slavnosti

Vilém Besser

dělník u Knoppa

Jiří Lír

úředník u Knoppa

Rudolf Pellar

dělník u Knoppa

Radslav Kinský

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Vladimíra Čečetková, Jaroslav Beránek

Based on

Jaroslav R. Vávra (Pára v hrnci – román)

Second Unit Photography

Stanislav Kautský

Camera Operator

Jaroslav Slanina, Stanislav Milota

Production Designer

Karel Škvor

Set Designer

Antonín Pašek

Costume Designer

Fernand Vácha

Film Editor

Jan Kohout

Sound Designer

Stanislav Vondraš

Production Manager

Rudolf Fencl, Jaroslav Niklas

Unit Production Manager

Jaroslav Frýda, Václav Kutil

Consultant

ing. František Rott (historie techniky), J. M. Gottlieb

Cooperation

Oldřich Bosák

Music

Music Composed by

František Škvor

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Milivoj Uzelac (FISYO)

Songs

To jsem rád, to jsem rád

Singer

J. O. Martin (To jsem rád, to jsem rád)

Production info

Original Title

Posel úsvitu

English Title

The Herald of Dawn

Copyright

1950

Production Year

1950

Premiere

28.09.1951

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Otakar Vávra

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 6. mezinárodní filmový festival Karlovy Vary

1951
Karlovy Vary / Czechoslovakia