The Murderer's Gorge

drama

Typology

feature

Czech title

Mordová rokle

Runtime

93

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1951

Production year

1951

Premiere

23.05.1952

Language version

Czech

Director

Jiří Slavíček

Screenplay

Miloslav Stehlík, Jiří Slavíček, Mojmír Drvota

Synopsis

It is 1942. A Nazi shooting range is located not far from a small Czech village. The wounded resistance fighter Josef is seeking shelter with his friend from the army Vašek Zahrádka. Apart from Vašek, Josef also receives help from the gamekeeper Prokeš who hides him in a cave beneath the Murderers' Gorge and promises to look after him. The German Colonel Konrad von Schiess receives a local estate as a gift from the occupying forces. The villagers, who were at first overjoyed that the shooting range is to be closed down, are then shocked to discover they must move out of their homes. Karel, Prokeš's son, the only collaborator from the village, becomes the administrator of the estate. One night the young men from the village attack him, beat him up and degrade him by shaving off his hair. Josef, who now has a fever, is hidden in the house of the bee-keeper Martin. Karel believes Vašek to be at the root of his degradation and turns him over to the Gestapo. Vašek is arrested and before long his family receives news of his death. The gamekeeper decides to save the village from his son with tragic consequences. He takes Karel to a rickety bridge over Murderers' Gorge and both are killed in a fall. The villagers abandon their homes but hope is on their side. The Red Army defeats the Nazis near Stalingrad and reverses the outcome of the War.

Cast

Otakar Dadák

traktorista Vašek Zahrádka

Jiří Vršťala

adjunkt Karel Prokeš, později správce

Ota Sklenčka

Ondra Bašus

František Kreuzmann

sedlák Václav Vojtěch

Vladimír Hlavatý

chalupník a včelař Martin

Vítězslav Boček

hajný, Karlův otec

Josef Beyvl

švec Josef Hejl

Josef Šidlichovský

ponocný Prskavec

J. O. Martin

starosta

Vladimír Šmeral

odbojář Josef Horák

Miloš Nedbal

obrst Konrad Ritter von Schiess

Dagmar Zikánová

Maňka, Ondrova sestra

Marie Nademlejnská

babička Bašusová

Růžena Lysenková

učitelka Marta

Hermína Vojtová

Zahrádková, Vaškova matka

Josef Chvalina

Slávek, starostův syn

Štěpán Bulejko

velitel gestapa

Věra Matějová

hlasatelka Hejlová

František Miška

vesnický mládenec

Josef Najman

host v hospodě

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Jan Matějovský

Based on

Miloslav Stehlík (Mordová rokle – divadelní hra)

Production Designer

Alois Mecera

Set Designer

Josef Calta

Costume Designer

František Lukáš

Make-Up Artist

Miloslav Jandera

Film Editor

Jan Kohout

Sound Designer

Emanuel Formánek

Production Manager

Rudolf Fencl, Jiří Bečka

Unit Production Manager

Jiří Pokorný

Music

Music Composed by

E. F. Burian

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Otakar Pařík (FISYO)

Songs

Starej Škrunda už je nebožtíkem, Přijde jaro, přijde

Songwriter

A. F. Tovačovský (Přijde jaro, přijde)

Writer of Lyrics

Jan Vlk (Přijde jaro, přijde)

Singer

sbor (Přijde jaro, přijde)

Production info

Original Title

Mordová rokle

English Title

The Murderer's Gorge

Copyright

1951

Production Year

1951

Premiere

23.05.1952

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Technical info

Versions

Czech