Romeo, Juliet and Darkness

drama

Typology

feature

Czech title

Romeo, Julie a tma

Runtime

92

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1959

Production year

1959

Premiere

15.04.1960

Language version

Czech

Director

Jiří Weiss

Screenplay

Jiří Weiss, Jan Otčenášek

Summary

Based on a literary work by author Jan Otčenášek, this 1959 love story is set against the backdrop of the oppressive reign of Nazi Protectorate Reich-Protector Reinhard Heydrich. In the spring of 1942, student Pavel Rumler hides in his attic a Jewish girl called Hanka Ledererová, who has managed to escape the forced transports. The young couple fall in love, but Pavel is unable to protect his secret love from the earth-shattering events taking place in the world outside. Made by director Jiří Weiss, Romeo, Julie a tma (Romeo, Juliet and Darkness) skilfully evokes the climate of wartime fear suffocating this star-crossed couple. Slovak actor Ivan Mistrík gained a major break in the role of Pavel. Dana Smutná plays Hanka in her onscreen debut. Additionally, experienced actress Blanka Bohdanová plays Miss Kubiasová, a traitorous betrayer, who easily forgets her patriotic duties while wrapped in the arms of a German Nazi officer.

Synopsis

It's May 1942. The Jewish Wurm family is being taken away in a transport. Their neighbour, student Pavel Rumler, is one of the rare people to bid them good-bye and he promises to look after the guinea-pig which they are leaving behind. In the empty flat he meets the Jewish girl Hanka who came to visit her relatives and missed them. She escaped the transport and was looking for help from the Wurm family. Pavel hides the girl in an attic closet. Miss Kubiasová, a German officer's mistress, moves into the Wurm family's flat. Pavel doesn't confide in his widowed mother or his grandfather and secretly takes food to Hanka. In the difficult times after the assassination of Heydrich Pavel's secret is putting the lives of the entire family and neighbours in danger. The young people's relationship grows into love. Miss Kubiasová who is openly flirting with Pavel guesses what his secret is and visits his mother because of this. Pavel wants to protect Hanka and the railwayman Souček is willing to help. But it's already too late. Martial law has been proclaimed in Prague and the church in which the assassins are hiding is very near the house. After Kubiasová's hysterical scene Hanka runs out to the street. Despairing Pavel tries to prevent her but in vain; standing behind the door, all he hears is a burst of a sub-machine gun fire.

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Cast

Ivan Mistrík

student Pavel Rumler

Dana Smutná

židovská dívka Hanka Ledererová

Jiřina Šejbalová

krejčová Jarmila Rumlerová, Pavlova matka

František Smolík

hodinář Mrázek, Pavlův dědeček

Blanka Bohdanová

Kubiasová

Eva Mrázová

Alena Doležalová, Pavlova spolužačka

Karla Chadimová

švadlena Josefka

Vladimír Ráž

třídní učitel

Miloš Nedbal

ředitel gymnázia

Anna Melíšková

zákaznice Kubrychtová

Václav Lohniský

železničář Souček

Ladislav Kazda

tiskař Melichar, Pavlův soused

Zuzana Fišárková

Melicharova žena

Josef Kozák

domovník

Jiří Kodet

Vojta Nerad, Pavlův spolužák

Jindřich Narenta

německý důstojník, milenec Kubiasové

Alexandra Myšková

Wurmova žena

Karla Svobodová

Martička, dcera Wurmových

Pavel Bártl

gestapák

Ivo Gübel

gestapák

Josef Vorel

gestapák

Marie Marešová

sousedka Tichá

Ela Poznerová

sousedka

Věra Váchová

Irena, přítelkyně Kubiasové

Věra Tichánková

selka Anči

Ladislav Mrkvička

Jan Bubeník, Pavlův spolužák

Jan Pelikán

stařík

Rudolf Princ

šmelinář

Václav Sloup

Pavlův spolužák

Crew and creators

Director

Jiří Weiss

Second Unit Director

Věra Ženíšková

Assistant Director

Zdenek Sirový

Based on

Jan Otčenášek (Romeo, Julie a tma – novela)

Production Designer

Karel Škvor

Costume Designer

Ota Janeček, Ladislav Tomek

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Sound Designer

Emil Poledník

Production Manager

František Milič

Unit Production Manager

Věra Kadlecová, Karel Škorpík

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Srnka

Songs

Jen pro ten dnešní den

Songwriter

Sláva Eman Nováček (Jen pro ten dnešní den)

Writer of Lyrics

Josef Gruss (Jen pro ten dnešní den)

Singer

Blanka Bohdanová (Jen pro ten dnešní den)

Production info

Original Title

Romeo, Julie a tma

English Title

Romeo, Juliet and Darkness

Copyright

1959

Production Year

1959

Premiere

15.04.1960

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Novotný – Kubala, Bedřich Kubala, Ladislav Novotný

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Event: Cena Svazu polských filmových novinářů

1961
... / Poland

Vítěz

Festival: 3. festival českých a slovenských filmů Ostrava

1961
Ostrava / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: Mezinárodní filmový festival Mexiko City

1960
Mexiko City / Mexico

Vítěz

Festival: 1. mezinárodní filmový festival Porretta Terme

1960
Porretta Terme / Italy

Vítěz

Festival: 4. mezinárodní filmový festival Londýn

1960
Londýn / Great Britain

Vítěz

Festival: 4. mezinárodní filmový festival San Francisco

1960
San Francisco / United States of America

Vítěz

Festival: 14. mezinárodní filmový festival Edinburgh

1960
Edinburgh / Great Britain

Vítěz

Festival: 8. mezinárodní filmový festival San Sebastián

1960
San Sebastián / Spain
Jiří Weiss