A Legend about Love

fairytale

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Legenda o lásce

Runtime

92 min

Country

Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria

Copyright

1956

Production year

1956

Premiere

09.08.1957

Language version

Czech

Director

Václav Krška

Synopsis

A spring is hidden in the Iron Mountain but the people of Arzen cannot get to it and they are suffering from thirst. Caravans bring water to the palace of princess Mekhmene Banu. Shirin, the princess's sister, falls ill and no-one can help her. The Mysterious Unknown promises that he will cure Shirin if the princess forsakes her beauty and has a palace built for her. Mekhmene Banu agrees without hesitation. Her face grows old that very minute and Shirin recovers. The artist Ferkhad is part of the work team building the palace. Both sisters fall in love with him but Ferkhad has eyes only for the beautiful Shirin. The princess is jealous but promises Ferkhad that he can have Shirin if he brings Arzen water from the Iron Mountain. Ferkhad agrees even though he knows that this task will take years and he will not see his Shirin for a long time. Ten years pass and Shirin is permitted to bring Ferkhad back. Both know, however, that they cannot be happy if the people continue to suffer from thirst so Ferkhad continues his search. Finally, water starts gushing out of the Iron Mountain. Ferkhad returns to the city and Mekhmene Banu is still hoping that she will win his love since Shirin has aged during his absence. On the advice of the Unknown, she washes her face in the water from the mountain and she grows beautiful once more, but Ferkhad does not succumb to her charms. He still loves his faithful Shirin.

Note

This was the first Czech-Bulgarian coproduction. A Bulgarian version was made with the same crew and same cast in lesser roles. The main parts were replaced by Emiliya Radeva (Shirin), Zheni Bozhinova (Mekhmene Banu) and Andrei Chaprazov (vizier). The fairytale Labakan was made at the same time using identical sets.

Cast

Vlasta Fialová

princezna Mechmene Banu

Jana Rybářová

Širín, sestra Mechmene Banu

Apostol Karamitev

malíř Ferchad

Otylie Beníšková

chůva, matka malíře Ešrefa

František Kovářík

Bechzad, Ferchadův otec

Josef Kotapiš

nejvyšší lékař

Gustav Nezval

hvězdopravec

Stefan Petrov

hlavní mistr

Miloš Kopecký

obchodník s koberci

Rudolf Deyl ml.

hrnčíř

Veličko Bonev

hlasatel

Dagmar Kofroňová

krásná dívka

Hermína Vojtová

žena se synem

Zdeněk Kampf

malíř Ešref

Kiril Ilinčev

B. Borisova

P. Ivančev

Alexandr Milkovski

Ljubomir Dimitrov

Dosju Dosev

A. Lazarova

Commentary

Dubbing

Václav Voska

hlas malíře Fercharda

Zdeněk Štěpánek

hlas Železné hory

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Jaroslav Beránek, Kiril Ilinčev

Assistant Director

Vladimíra Čečetková, Michail Lazarov

Based on

Nazim Hikmet (Legenda o lásce – divadelní hra)

Camera Operator

Rudolf Jokl, Josef Novotný

Set Designer

Josef Pavlík

Film Editor

Jan Kohout

Sound Designer

Adolf Nacházel

Special Effects

Vladimír Dvořák

Production Manager

Antonín Bedřich, Nikola Vlčev

Unit Production Manager

Jaroslav Vlk, Petr Tomov

Consultant

Georgi Popov (výtvarný poradce), Nevena Baltova (výtvarný poradce)

Music

Music Composed by

Veselin Stojanov, Jarmil Burghauser

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Legenda o lásce

English Title

A Legend about Love

Parallel Title

Legenda za ljubovta

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

fairytale

Origin country

Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria

Copyright

1956

Production Year

1956

Premiere

09.08.1957

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Feix – Daniel, František Daniel, Karel Feix

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

92 min

Versions

Czech