Dalibor

opera

Typology

feature

Czech title

Dalibor

Runtime

114

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1956

Production year

1956

Premiere

21.05.1956

Language version

Czech

Director

Václav Krška

Synopsis

End of the 15th century. Knight Dalibor wants to revenge the death of his friend Zdeněk. He attacks the Ploskovice castle, kills the burgrave and burns the castle. Burgrave's sister Milada escapes from the burning castle, and accuses Dalibor before King Wladislaw II of the crime. The King sends his army after Dalibor, the Knight is captured and brought before the court. Dalibor is defending himself with great conviction, his courage and sorrow for his dead friend touches the hearts of the common people, and Milada, who falls in love with him deeply. Driven by this new emotion, she pleads the King to forgive Dalibor, but the King refuses. Dalibor's friends and his foster-daughter Jitka are secretly preparing to free Dalibor. Jitka invites Milada to join the conspiracy. Milada, in disguise, brings Dalibor in his cell a violin and tools to help him escape. In a short meeting with the Knight, she realizes that her love is returned. But the escape is discovered. Milada is killed in the fight during the escape. In desperation, Dalibor fights the overwhelming enemy and dies in the deep belief that he will soon meet Milada and Zdeněk.

Note

The stronghold is a construction behind Film Studio Barrandov and the Wladislaw Hall is a construction in the studio.

Cast

Václav Bednář

král Vladislav Jagellonský

Karel Fiala

Dalibor z Kozojed

Přemysl Kočí

správce Budivoj

Josef Celerin

žalářník Beneš

Josef Roušar

Vítek

Jana Rybářová

Jitka, Daliborova schovanka

Otylie Beníšková

stařena Magdalena

Miloš Červinka

Zdeněk, Daliborův přítel

Zdeněk Váša

Adam Ploskovský z Drahonic

Emerich Gabzdyl

tulák Jáchym

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Jaroslav Beránek

Assistant Director

Vladimíra Čečetková, Vladimír Hrubeš

Based on

Bedřich Smetana (Dalibor – opera), Josef Wenzig (Dalibor – libreto opery)

Script Editor

Jarmil Burghauser

Second Unit Photography

Josef Novotný

Production Designer

Bohuslav Kulič

Costume Designer

Fernand Vácha

Film Editor

Jan Kohout

Production Manager

Antonín Bedřich

Unit Production Manager

Rudolf Wolf

Music

Music Composed by

Bedřich Smetana

Selected Music

Bedřich Smetana (Dalibor)

Music Conducted by

Zdeněk Chalabala (Orchestr Národního divadla), Zdeněk Chalabala (Sbor opery Národního divadla v Praze)

Singing Voice

Beno Blachut (zpěv Dalibora), Milada Šubrtová (zpěv Milady), Asmus Rudolf, Zdeněk Kroupa, Ivo Žídek (zpěv Vítka), Libuše Domanínská (zpěv Jitky)

Choreographer

Emerich Gabzdyl

Production info

Original Title

Dalibor

English Title

Dalibor

Copyright

1956

Production Year

1956

Premiere

21.05.1956

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Technical info

Versions

Czech