Wolf Trap

drama

Typology

feature

Czech title

Vlčí jáma

Runtime

95

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1957

Production year

1957

Premiere

23.05.1958

Language version

Czech

Director

Jiří Weiss

Synopsis

The childless family of the veterinarian and mayor of a small town, Robert Rýdl, and his much older wife, Klára, is joined by an orphaned girl, Jana. The girl is grateful for her new home but she slowly begins to feel a strange atmosphere that reigns in the house. Klára brought her property into the marriage and loves her husband with a possessive and stifling love. The emotionally suffering Robert falls in love with Jana. When he realizes that the girl returns his love, he uses the offer for a business trip to Opava to run away from the insoluble problem. Jana is unhappy, she is afraid of the two spiteful maids and discovers the bad side of Klára's outwardly kind nature. The two women pay a visit to Robert in Opava. They are walking in the town and something unpleasant happens. Rýdl's acquaintances think that Jana is his wife and Klára his mother-in-law. Robert Rýdl runs away again, this time to Prague. He leaves Jana alone with Klára who has fallen seriously ill and finally dies. Robert is free but his previous cowardly behaviour destroyed Jana's love. The girl leaves Robert right after the funeral.

Cast

Miroslav Doležal

starosta Robert Rýdl

Jiřina Šejbalová

Klára, Rýdlova manželka

Jana Brejchová

Jana, schovanka Rýdlových

Jaroslav Průcha

rodinný lékař

Libuše Freslová

Schillingerová

Lola Skrbková

služka Petronila

Anežka Soukupová

služka Martina

Alena Kreuzmannová

Gertruda, Robertova neteř

Josef Kozák

Frýdecký

František Holar

soused, majitel koloniálu

Felix le Breux

prezident Vačkář

Svatopluk Majer

poslanec

Jindřich Narenta

dr.Valenta

Stanislav Langer

poslanec v Opavě

Oldřich Hoblík

vedoucí obchodu v Opavě

Bohuš Hradil

muž podobný Robertovi

Vladimír Navrátil

účastník pohřbu

Crew and creators

Director

Jiří Weiss

Second Unit Director

Věra Ženíšková

Assistant Director

Milan Kadlec

Based on

Jarmila Glazarová (Vlčí jáma – román)

Shooting Script

Jiří Weiss

Camera Operator

Josef Hanuš

Production Designer

Karel Škvor

Set Designer

Václav Štědronský

Costume Designer

Ota Janeček, Ladislav Tomek

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Sound Designer

Miloslav Hůrka

Production Manager

František Milič

Unit Production Manager

Věra Třešková

Cooperation

Ota Janeček (umělecká spolupráce), Oldřich Okáč

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Srnka

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Songs

Úzká ulička

Songwriter

Jiří Srnka (Úzká ulička)

Singer

Miroslav Doležal (Úzká ulička)

Production info

Original Title

Vlčí jáma

English Title

Wolf Trap

Copyright

1957

Production Year

1957

Premiere

23.05.1958

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Feix – Daniel, František Daniel, Karel Feix

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Event: Anketa kubánské Asociace filmových a divadelních kritiků

1961
Havana / Cuba

Vítěz

Festival: Mezinárodní filmový festival Mexico City

1958
Mexico City / Mexico

Vítěz

Festival: 19. mezinárodní filmový festival Benátky

1958
Benátky / Italy

Vítěz

Festival: 19. mezinárodní filmový festival Benátky

1958
Benátky / Italy

Vítěz

Event: Filmová anketa deníku Smena

1958
Bratislava / Czechoslovakia
Jana Brejchová

Vítěz

Festival: 19. mezinárodní filmový festival Benátky

1958
Benátky / Italy
Jiřina Šejbalová

Vítěz

Festival: 19. mezinárodní filmový festival Benátky

1958
Benátky / Italy