Sons of the Mountains

drama, biography

Typology

feature

Czech title

Synové hor

Runtime

92

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1956

Production year

1956

Premiere

21.12.1956

Language version

Czech

Director

Čeněk Duba

Synopsis

This film was based on a real event. In 1912, weaver Bohumil Hanč won an international 50 kilometres ski race competition. He wants to marry his beloved Slávka so he pays instalments to buy off a half-ruined cottage from factor Kraus. His good friend Václav Vrbata acts as his guarantor. Hanč is originally a mason, and with the help of his friends he gets the building work done. The newly wed couple is happy, they are only troubled by their debt to Kraus. They finally manage to pay this off as well. It is 1913. Slávka is expecting a baby and Bohumil promises her that he will leave ski racing. But he wants to take part in an international competition for the last time. The race starts in wonderful weather but very soon a sharp wind starts blowing and the competitors begin to give up. A thick fog rises and the temperature starts dropping rapidly. Hanč, who didn't hear the news about the interruption of the race, is alone on the track. His faithful friend Vrbata waits for him with a coat, hat and a scarf. The two men get lost and die in the windstorm very close to each other. A grave-mound placed at the Golden hillock in Giant Mountains commemorates their self-sacrificing friendship.

Cast

Josef Bek

tkadlec a zedník Bohumil Hanč

Svatava Hubeňáková

Jaroslava, Hančova žena

Jiří Vala

Václav Vrbata, Hančův přítel

Jaroslav Vojta

učitel Josef Buchar

Vladimír Řepa

faktor Kraus

Miloš Nesvadba

Feistauer

Miroslav Polach

Jarolímek, Hančův přítel

Jaroslav Rozsíval

inženýr Fišer

Emerich Rath

hajný Lenz

J. O. Martin

Hančův otec

Robert Vrchota

německý závodník Bartel

Otakar Brousek

člen záchranného mužstva Rath

Josef Koza

Kalenda

Karel Pavlík

dr. Vajna

Jaroslav Cmíral

dr. Šimer

Jarmila Kurandová

Vrbatova matka

Anna Matějková

Anna

Eman Fiala

Smetáček

Karel Effa

fotograf

Jaroslav Růža

Scheiner

František Hanus

závodník

Jiří Kašpar

závodník

Jaroslav Materna

závodník

Jiří Novotný

závodník

Jan Hrabě

závodník

Svatopluk Matyáš

závodník

Karlička Nováková

dítě

Miroslav Jarouš

dítě

Pavel Janeček

dítě

Petr Hartl

dítě

Bohuslav Sýkora

dubl za Josefa Beka-lyžování

Commentary

Crew and creators

Director

Čeněk Duba

Second Unit Director

Jindřich Polák

Based on

František Kožík (Synové hor – povídka)

Second Unit Photography

Jaromír Holpuch

Production Designer

Karel Černý

Set Designer

Vladimír Mácha

Costume Designer

Jaromír Lauda

Sound Designer

Jiří Pavlík

Production Manager

Rudolf Hájek

Unit Production Manager

Vlastimil Maršálek

Consultant

Bohuslav Sýkora, Emerich Rath

Cooperation

členové Horské služby Krkonoše

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Šust

Production info

Original Title

Synové hor

English Title

Sons of the Mountains

Copyright

1956

Production Year

1956

Premiere

21.12.1956

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Šmída – Kabelík, Vladimír Kabelík, Bohumil Šmída

Technical info

Versions

Czech