The Avenger

drama

Typology

feature

Czech title

Mstitel

Runtime

81

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1959

Production year

1959

Premiere

08.04.1960

Language version

Czech

Director

Karel Steklý

Screenplay

Karel Steklý

Synopsis

Kašpar Lén returns home after three years in the army. He vainly searches for the mason Kryštof's family where he had lived before he left. All he finds out is that Kryštof's daughter Márynka, who was in his thoughts all those years, is now working in the local brothel. He goes to visit her and Márynka tells him of the misfortunes which befell her family. Her father lost his job and hunger forced him to steal some food from the merchant Konopík. Konopík caught him red-handed and threatened him with the police. He finally raped Márynka. Kryštof went mad and drowned himself in despair. Márynka grew up in a reformatory and then found herself in the brothel where she had to work to pay off her debts. Lén decides to avenge Kryštof's family and pay Márynka out of the brothel. He gets work with the team building Konopík's house where he is witness to the death of old Bráborec caused by the collapse of rusty scaffolding. Konopík is to blame for his death but will not even pay for the funeral. Márynka is wrongfully accused of stealing jewellery. She is finally released and hurries off to try to prevent Kašpar from executing his revenge. The police follow her to the building site. She stops Lén at the last moment from killing Konopík with a plumb-line. Konopík, however, is struck by a falling brick. Lén is arrested. He hands Márynka the money he has saved and promises to return to her after he has served his time.

Cast

Radoslav Brzobohatý

zedník Kašpar Lén

Ivanka Devátá

Márynka Kryštofová

Jan Pivec

kupec Jindřich Konopík

Gustav Nezval

zedník Kryštof, otec Márynky

Josef Beyvl

posluha Josef Cverenc

Libuše Řídelová

maltářka Růžena Kabourková

Vladimír Hlavatý

starý zedník Bráborec

František Filipovský

zedník Mareček

Gustav Heverle

zedník Koutný

Jan Skopeček

zedník Truneček

František Kubíček

zedník Trhlík

Věra Tichánková

Cverencová

Martin Růžek

milostpán

Libuše Bokrová

slečna Klára

Anna Friedová

milostpaní

Dagmar Doubravská

kramářka

Václav Fišer

policista s komisařem

Božena Havlíčková

slečna Lucy

Rudolf Jelínek

Bráborcův slepý vnuk Toník

Zdeněk Jelínek

průvodčí

Magda Maděrová

lehká ženština

Heda Marková

dohazovačka

Václav Postránecký

zedník Ferda

Miroslav Homola

pouťový vyvolávač

Jarka Pižla

muž na pohřbu

Valentin Knor

vysloužilec

Miloš Hlavica

vysloužilec

Ivo Gübel

policista

Ladislav Gzela

opilý muž

Václav Kyzlink

zřízenec

Eva Šenková

zpěvačka

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Jaroslav Pour

Based on

Karel Matěj Čapek-Chod (Kašpar Lén mstitel – román)

Screenplay

Karel Steklý

Second Unit Photography

Josef Pechar

Camera Operator

Josef Pávek

Production Designer

Jan Zázvorka

Set Designer

František Rieger, Jiří Rulík

Film Editor

Jan Kohout

Sound Designer

Ladislav Hausdorf

Production Manager

Ladislav Kalaš

Unit Production Manager

Adolf Široký, Josef Mathauser

Cooperation

Bohumil Pokorný

Music

Music Composed by

Jan Seidel

Music Performed by

Ivan Kawaciuk (sólo), Jan Kaláb (sólo)

Songs

Kéž přijde čas, kdy srdce vzplane zas', Vždyť jsme jen jednou na světě, Ach, já tu nebudu, Daisy, Daisy

Singer

František Filipovský (Ach, já tu nebudu)

Production info

Original Title

Mstitel

English Title

The Avenger

Copyright

1959

Production Year

1959

Premiere

08.04.1960

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Šebor – Bor, Vladimír Bor, Jiří Šebor

Technical info

Versions

Czech