Water Nymph

opera

Typology

feature

Czech title

Rusalka

Runtime

104

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1962

Production year

1962

Premiere

31.05.1963

Language version

Czech

Director

Václav Kašlík

Screenplay

Václav Kašlík

Synopsis

One moonlit night, the Little Water Nymph confesses to her father, the Water Sprite, that she has fallen in love with a man, a young Prince from the land who visits their forest lake. The Little Water Nymph now wants to become human. The Water Sprite tries to warn his daughter against this. When he fails, he advises her to seek the help of the witch. The witch will help her but she wants terrible things in return. When she becomes human, the Little Water Nymph will lose her voice and if she fails to win the Prince's eternal love she will become a will-o'-the wisp luring mortals to their ruin. Already transformed into a girl, the Little Water Nymph meets her Prince and he takes her to his castle. However, he is soon bored by her cold beauty he falls head over heels in love with the hot-blooded Princess. Rejected, the Little Water Nymph have to return to the depths of her lake. The only way to redeem her freedom would be to kill the man she loves. The Little Water Nymph, however, refuses this kind of redeem. The Princess mocks the Prince's feeling and the wretched youth goes back to look for his Little Water Nymph. He sees her at the lake, as a will-o'-the wisp, and trying to kiss her plunges to his death.

Cast

Ivana Mixová

kněžna

Josef Beyvl

hajný

Přemysl Kočí

hlavní lovec

Yvetta Pešková

žínka

Naděžda Blažíčková

žínka

Elvíra Němečková

žínka

Jaroslava Formánková

žínka

Eva Poslušná

žínka

Antonín Krčmář

kuchtík

Karel Bednář

sloužící

Růžena Elingerová

lesní můra

bratři Hlaváčovi

pážata

Jaroslav Holeček

smrtihlav

František Maxián

jiný kuchtík

Tomáš Němeček

netopýr

Marie Sikulová

vesničanka

Věra Starková

vesničanka

Hana Talpová

vesničanka

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Věra Šimková

Assistant Director

Zdenka Pešulová, Jana Rozbrojová

Based on

Jaroslav Kvapil (Rusalka – libreto opery), Antonín Dvořák (Rusalka – opera)

Second Unit Photography

Stanislav Kautský

Camera Operator

Jaroslav Kaiser

Production Designer

Chrudoš Uher

Set Designer

Jan Petrů

Costume Designer

Jan Skalický

Sound Designer

Miloslav Hůrka

Special Effects

Jan Stallich, Jiří Rumler

Production Manager

Miloslav Procházka

Unit Production Manager

Zdeňka Černá, Miloš Bergl

Unit Production Manager

Ladislav Dražan

Cooperation

Štěpánka Stříbrná, M. Schönová, Jaroslav Brabenec

Music

Music Composed by

Antonín Dvořák

Music Conducted by

Václav Kašlík (Sbor opery Národního divadla v Praze)

Singing Voice

Milada Šubrtová (zpívá Rusalku), Zdeněk Švehla (zpívá prince), Věra Soukupová (zpívá ježibabu), Ondrej Malachovský (zpívá vodníka), Antonín Votava, Maria Tauberová (zpívá žínku), Eva Hlobilová (zpívá žínku), Věra Kriklová, Helena Tattermuschová

Danced by

Balet Národního divadla Praha, Zdeňka Fröhlichová, Jarmila Belšanová, Helena Holubová, Jana Braunschlägerová, Jiří Kaftan, Zdena Bronislavská, Karel Kmoch, Věra Burešová, Drahomíra Konárská, Stanislav Buzek, Alena Martinovská, František Doleček, Věra Michlová, Jaroslav Doleček (2), Tomáš Němeček, Josef Fajta, Jitka Ogounová, Richard Fröhlich, Zdeněk Pašek, Hana Slouková, Jiří Hladík, Otto Šanda, Oldřich Král, Olga Šulcová, Jiří Lederer, Gustav Voborník, Luděk Ludvík, Eliška Boňková, Dagmar Novotná, Davídek, Vladimír Nový, Jaroslava Dolečková, Heda Pašková, Albína Drahotová, Jaguše Podešvová, Fraňková, Blanka Rendlová, Ladislav Glaser, Lubomír Rešl, Eva Roučková, Otto Zajíc, Vladimír Sedláček, Evžen Souček, Irena Švingerová, Tichý, Dimitrij Turčaninov, Jan Valchař, Miluše Vavřínová, Viktorka Viktorinová, Zdeňka Výmolová

Production info

Original Title

Rusalka

English Title

Water Nymph

Copyright

1962

Production Year

1962

Premiere

31.05.1963

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Rouha – Jelínek, Václav Jelínek, Václav Rouha

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Exhibition: Mezinárodní filmová přehlídka Teherán

1964
Teherán / Iran