Moon over the River

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1953

Production year

1952—1953

Premiere

28 August 1953

Runtime

104 min

Category

film

Genre

melodrama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Měsíc nad řekou

Czech title

Měsíc nad řekou

English title

Moon over the River

Synopsis

Jan Hlubina lives a contented easy life with his wife and daughter Slávka in a house which looks out onto a romantic river. Hlubina was once the best and most talented student at grammar school. After graduation, however, he fell ill and had to abandon his plans for a career and opt instead for a mundane job in a stationer's shop which his wife arranged for him. Jan's peaceful life is disturbed by a planned graduates' meeting attended also by his best friend Roškot accompanied by his son Vilík. In the evening the Hlubinas and Roškot set off for the former students' party. While Hlubina expresses his resignation to his fate and recalls the beauty of his eternal memories of youth, Vilík meets up with Slávka in the Hlubina's flat. The young couple are affected by the suggestive magic of the summer evening bathed in moonlight. Slávka, however, will not allow herself nor Vilík to succumb to their awakening passion. Thanks to Slávka, everyone takes their leave in the morning in a mood of prudence and reconciliation.

Cast

Zdeněk Štěpánek

papírník Jan Hlubina

Zdeňka Baldová

Hlubinová, papírníkova žena

Dana Medřická

Slávka, dcera Hlubinových

Jiří Plachý

Josef Roškot, Hlubinův kamarád

Eduard Cupák

Vilík, Roškotův syn

Blanka Waleská

Růženka Pavlátová

Václav Vydra ml.

učitel Karel Brožík

Eman Fiala

rybář Pečárka

Helena Krtičková

vdova Lacinová

Světla Svozilová

švadlena Amálka Stárková

Ela Poznerová

švadlena Julinka Stárková

Antonín Kandert

abiturient s dortem

František Kreuzmann

abiturient s páskou na oku

Marie Rosůlková

manželka abiturienta

Vojta Novák

abiturient děkan

Marta Májová

manželka abiturienta

Antonín Soukup

abiturient Frantík

Rudolf Walter

abiturient velebníček

Martin Skyba

chlapec v obchodě

Karel Kocourek

abiturient

Slávka Rosenbergová

sousedka Hlubinových

Gabriela Bártlová-Buddeusová

manželka abiturienta

Commentary

Zdeněk Štěpánek

úvodní báseň

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Jaroslav Beránek

Assistant Director

Vladimíra Čečetková

Based on

Fráňa Šrámek (Měsíc nad řekou – divadelní hra)

Screenplay

Václav Krška

Director of Photography

Ferdinand Pečenka

Camera Operator

Stanislav Milota

Production Designer

Karel Škvor

Costume Designer

Fernand Vácha

Film Editor

Jan Kohout

Sound Designer

Stanislav Vondraš

Production Manager

František Sandr

Unit Production Manager

Josef Mathauser

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Srnka

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by Milivoj Uzelac),

Songs

Když jsem já šel tou Putimskou branou

Songwriter lidová píseň
Writer of Lyrics lidová píseň
Singer Zdeněk ŠtěpánekJiří Plachý

Gaudeamus igitur

Singer sbor

Ó, Velvary

Singer Zdeněk Štěpánek

Šly panenky silnicí

Singer Zdeněk ŠtěpánekJiří Plachý

Ta naše hospoda

Singer Zdeněk ŠtěpánekJiří Plachý

Písecký hodiny

Singer Zdeněk ŠtěpánekJiří Plachý

Production info

Original Title

Měsíc nad řekou

Czech Title

Měsíc nad řekou

English Title

Moon over the River

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

melodrama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1953

Production Year

1952—1953

Production specifications

start of filming 31 October 1952
the first film copy approved 13 March 1953
projection approval 8 April 1953 (konec povolení k promítání 8. 4. 1958)

Premiere

premiere 28 August 1953

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Barrandov

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

104 min

Original length in metres

2 963 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

colour

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Event: Státní ceny za rok 1954

1954
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Jiří Srnka