The Flood

drama

Typology

feature

Czech title

Povodeň

Runtime

74

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1958

Production year

1958

Premiere

11.07.1958

Language version

Czech

Director

Martin Frič

Screenplay

Jiří Mucha, Miroslav Hubáček, Martin Frič

Screenstory

Jiří Mucha

Synopsis

In a decrepit little house below Snake Weir live an old ferryman called Ryba with his son Josef, Josef's wife and their small son. The rain outside is relentless, the river has risen and the nearby dam construction is in jeopardy. Old Ryba truly hates the dam which ultimately deprived him of work handed down for generations. The dam even caused him to fall out with his son Karel who had found work on the construction site. Josef's little boy falls ill and his father goes off to find a doctor. The doctor is treating workers at the construction site who were injured trying to save the dam, now threatening Ryba's little house. The doctor will not allow the child to be taken across the water to hospital in such dangerous conditions. The dam construction is suddenly lit up in the night of heavy rain by reflectors and Josef sees dozens of brave rescuers coming to their aid. Josef wants to help them but old Ryba, blinded by hatred, tries to stop him and lets their lighter loose, to be carried away by the river. The young man overcomes his fear of his father's rage and leaves for the dam. The rescue team manages to free the timber blocking the overflow at the last minute and the dam construction is saved. The self-sacrificing Bulgarian workman Marko pays for his courage with his life. The rain abates and Josef's child also overcomes the critical stage of his illness.

Cast

Zdeněk Štěpánek

Ryba, bývalý převozník

Otomar Krejča

Josef, Rybův starší syn

Slávka Budínová

Josefova žena

Gustav Heverle

Karel, Rybův mladší syn

Karel Fiala

Bulhar Marko Kristev z Plovdivu

Ivanka Devátá

Zuzka, Markova milá

Jan Pivec

lékař Vladimír Slehák

Václav Lohniský

inženýr Netoušek

Zdeněk Řehoř

inženýr Zemánek

Vladimír Hlavatý

Miňovský

Jiřina Bílá

služebná lékaře

Emil Bolek

mužík

Alois Dvorský

děda z hospody

Oldřich Lukeš

dělník

L. H. Struna

Blažek

Soběslav Sejk

velitel vojáků

J. Křečková

Jindřich Poledňa

K. Proroková

Libuše Příhodová

Ferdinand Šafránek

Crew and creators

Director

Martin Frič

Second Unit Director

Rudolf Jaroš

Assistant Director

Anna Lackovičová, Jan Němec

Screenstory

Jiří Mucha

Shooting Script

Jiří Mucha, Martin Frič

Production Designer

Chrudoš Uher

Set Designer

Vladimír Mácha, Vladimír Slepička

Make-Up Artist

Josef Mann

Film Editor

Jan Kohout

Sound Designer

Emanuel Formánek

Production Manager

Rudolf Wolf

Unit Production Manager

Luděk Marold

Music

Music Composed by

František Škvor

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Povodeň

English Title

The Flood

Copyright

1958

Production Year

1958

Premiere

11.07.1958

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Feix – Daniel, František Daniel, Karel Feix

Technical info

Versions

Czech