The Devil's Trap

ballad

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Ďáblova past

Runtime

86 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1961

Production year

1961

Premiere

20.04.1962

Language version

Czech

Director

František Vláčil

Synopsis

The freeborn miller Spálený is a thorn in the side of the regent Valečský. The regent does not like that people respect the miller for his wisdom, goodness and knowledge of nature. Therefore the regent reacts with hatred to the miller's warning against the construction of a new darn at a place that is called "The Sunken Spot". He even tells his guest, Bishop Diettrichstein, that the miller and his family are suspected of witchcraft. A long time ago, Swedish soldiers put the mill on fire but the miller's family escaped as if by a miracle. The bishop sends a fanatic priest, probably a significant Church dignitary, to help the regent. The priest, too, thinks that the miller is detrimental to the reputation of the Church. He therefore searches through the mill, talks both to the miller and his son Jan and tries to convict them. He recruits the gamekeeper Filip, who is fond of Jan's girlfriend Martina. The priest's hatred gets even stronger when the miller succeeds in finding a spring of water during the droughts and the regent's new barn sinks in the course of the village dance. After this accident, the miller disappears. The priest tries to bully the villagers into turning against him, but he fails. Therefore he rides with the regent and Filip to the mill. There, Jan finds a letter in which his father describes the way to the underground. Soon afterwards, the priest, the regent and Filip walk into the underground and set off down the corridor that the father warned Jan against. All three die. Jan and Martina are freed.

Cast

Vítězslav Vejražka

mlynář Spálený

Miroslav Macháček

kaplan Probus

Čestmír Řanda

regent Valečský z Valče

Vlastimil Hašek

myslivec Filip

Vít Olmer

Jan, Spáleného syn

Karla Chadimová

děvečka Martina

František Kovářík

pastýř ovcí

Bedřich Karen

biskup Dittrichštejn

Josef Hlinomaz

dráb na poli

Zdeněk Kutil

mladší pacholek/myslivec v retrospektivě

Ladislav Kazda

mlynář v retrospektivě

Dagmar Kofroňová

mlynářova žena v retrospektivě

Zlatomír Vacek

farář v retrospektivě

Richard Záhorský

kostelník

Jiří Vršťala

velitel rejtarů

František Nechyba

šafář

Jiřina Bílá

robotnice

Jiří Bělohoubek

dráb

Antonín Novotný

starší pacholek

Monika Indingerová

Katka

Pavla Polášková

Bětka

Milan Kindl

mladý šafář

Bakalářová

Andulka

Holohlavská

Lidka

J. Skružný

bubeník

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Jaroslav Beránek

Assistant Director

Zdena Pavlátová, Milan Kadlec

Based on

Alfred Technik (Mlýn na ponorné řece – román)

Shooting Script

František Vláčil

Second Unit Photography

Miroslav Sinkule

Camera Operator

Rudolf Milič ml.

Production Designer

Karel Škvor

Set Designer

Jan Drvota, Jiří Cvrček, Jan Vrňata

Costume Designer

Theodor Pištěk ml.

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Sound Designer

František Fabián

Production Manager

Věra Kadlecová

Unit Production Manager

Václav Havlík, Karel Škorpík

Unit Production Manager

Miroslav Dousek

Cooperation

Oldřich Okáč, Jitka Šulcová, Růžena Nováková

Music

Music Composed by

Zdeněk Liška

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Ďáblova past

English Title

The Devil's Trap

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

ballad

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1961

Production Year

1961

Premiere

20.04.1962

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Novotný – Kubala, Bedřich Kubala, Ladislav Novotný

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

86 min

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Event: Umělecká soutěž k 20. výročí osvobození Československa

1965
Praha / Czechoslovakia
František Vláčil

Vítěz

Festival: 15. mezinárodní filmový festival Locarno

1962
Locarno / Switzerland
František Vláčil