The Strakonice Bagpiper

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1955

Production year

1954—1955

Premiere

20 December 1955

Runtime

112 min

Category

film

Genre

fairytale

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Strakonický dudák

Czech title

Strakonický dudák

English title

The Strakonice Bagpiper

Synopsis

For the love for human wood nymph Rosava falls into disfavour with the Forest Queen. Her piper son, Švanda, cannot marry his beloved Dorotka because he is poor. Tempted by ex-serviceman Šavlička's stories he decides to go off to the world to become rich and famous. Before he leaves, the wood nymphs, on Rosava's request, breathe magic sounds into his musical instrument. This brings Švanda success in the world and he even heals princess Zulika of melancholy with his music. Zulika wants to marry him in return. The news of the wedding brings Dorotka, who is searching for Švanda together with musician Kalafuna, to the palace. Švanda's "impresario", jester Vocílka, deceives the king into believing that Dorotka and Kalafuna are crazy. Švanda doesn't protect them. Former Zulika's bridegroom, prince Alamír, doesn't want to give up his bride, bursts into the palace and puts Švanda in prison. The magic pipe helps him out of the prison, but he has to return home without a crown in his pocket. After some time, Dorotka and Kalafuna also find their way back home. Dorotka refuses to hear from Švanda. When Švanda finds himself in grave danger on top of the gallows, however, she saves his life. The Forest Queen, touched by Dorotka's love, pardons repudiated Rosava as well.

Note

This theme had already been treated in a Czech film under the titles Švanda, the Bagpiper (Dir: Svatopluk Innemann, 1937).

Cast

Josef Mixa

dudák Švanda

Ladislav Pešek

vesnický muzikant Kalafuna

Jana Ebertová

Kordula, Kalafunova žena

Jaroslav Průcha

hajný Trnka

Marie Tomášová

Dorotka, Trnkova dcera, Švandova milá

Rudolf Deyl st.

starý dudák Tomáš

Jaroslav Vojta

vesnický rychtář Koděra

Josef Bek

voják Šavlička

František Šlégr

hospodský Nalejváček

Rudolf Hrušínský

Pantaleon Vocílka

Karel Jičínský

král Aleonoros

Věra Benšová

princezna Zulika, Aleonorosova dcera

Vítězslav Vejražka

Alamír, Zuličin ženich

Jiřina Petrovická

královna lesní říše Lesana

Vlasta Fabianová

lesní žena Rosava, Švandova matka

Květa Fialová

lesní panna Bělena

Růžena Gottliebová

divá žena Mihulice

Eva Svobodová

divá žena Divuka

Luděk Pilc

chasník Váša

Emil Kadeřávek

čeledín Franěk

Jiří Němeček

rybář Matěj

Josef Hlinomaz

hostinský Mikuli

Stanislav Langer

králův hofmistr

Marta Májová

chůva Zuliky

Jaroslav Orlický

velitel stráží

Sylva Byšická

číšnice u Mikuliho

Jana Andrsová

lesní panna

O. Březina

řezník-handlíř

Marta Záhorová

komediantka

Ježková

číšnice u Mikuliho

Prášková

hospodská

Novák

čeledín s koňmi

J. Mothejzlík

I. Plecitý

Z. Skaličková

Mátl

Crew and creators

Based on

Josef Kajetán Tyl (Strakonický dudák – divadelní hra)

Screenplay

Karel Steklý

Director of Photography

Václav Huňka

Second Unit Photography

Jiří Štaud

Camera Operator

Bohumil Pokorný

Production Designer

Boris Moravec

Set Designer

Vladimír Marek (3)

Costume Designer

Josef Gabriel, Bohumil Sochor

Make-Up Artist

Josef Kobík, Karel Marek

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Sound Designer

Miloslav Hůrka

Production Manager

Zdeněk Oves

Unit Production Manager

František Urbánek

Background Painter

Ferdinand Martinásek (malíř pozadí)

Music

Music Composed by

Jan Seidel

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by František Belfín)

Choreographer

Vlastimil Jílek

Danced by

Vlastimil Jílek, Oldřich Stodola

Songs

V Strakonicích na rohu

Singer Milada Šubrtová

Peníze jsou pány světa

Writer of Lyrics Josef Kajetán Tyl
Singer Josef Bek

Kdyby mi to pánbůh dal

Singer Marie Tomášová [dab]Milada Šubrtová

Celý svět je jako koule

Writer of Lyrics Josef Kajetán Tyl
Singer Rudolf Hrušínský

Po vrchu se všechno leskne

Writer of Lyrics Josef Kajetán Tyl
Singer Rudolf Hrušínský

Skleničko skleněná

Writer of Lyrics Josef Kajetán Tyl
Singer Josef MixaRudolf Hrušínský

Na tom našem dvoře

Writer of Lyrics Josef Kajetán Tyl
Singer Ladislav Pešek

Jen v hodně plné sklenici

Singer Ladislav Pešek

Loučení, loučení

Production info

Original Title

Strakonický dudák

Czech Title

Strakonický dudák

English Title

The Strakonice Bagpiper

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

fairytale

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1955

Production Year

1954—1955

Production specifications

start of filming 16 July 1954
projection approval 8 November 1955

Premiere

premiere 20 December 1955 /suitable for youths/ (kina Alfa /11½ týdne/, Arbes /1 týden od 23. 12./, Aero /1 týden od 30. 12./, Revoluce /1 týden od 6. 1. 1956/, Oko /1 týden od 13. 1. 1956/, Bystrica /1 týden od 20. 1. 1956/, Vzlet /1 týden od 27. 1. 1956/, Kyjev /1 týden od 3. 2. 1956/, Mír /1 týden od 10. 2. 1956/ a Dukla /1 týden od 17. 2. 1956/, Praha)

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Barrandov

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

112 min

Original length in metres

3 191 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 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