Golden Fern

fairytale

Typology

feature

Czech title

Zlaté kapradí

Runtime

104

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production year

1963

Premiere

22.11.1963

Language version

Czech

Director

Jiří Weiss

Synopsis

On a Midsummer night, the young shepherd Jura succeeds in tearing a spray of magical golden fern in a forest. He defends himself from birds of prey and return to his safe chalet. A beautiful fairy comes for the fern. Jura drags her to the chalet, asks for a kiss and the two end up in a passionate embrace. Dryad [Lesanka], as Jura begins to call her, becomes the shepherd's wife. She manages to save a little seed, which fell out of the fern's blossom. A few days later, the couple visits a village dance, and while the nimble-footed fairy is still fresh after the brisk dance, the swaggering shepherd, scoffed-at by the villagers, falls to the floor with exhaustion. The conceited Jura gets drunk out of spite and, with his friends, falls victim to a military officer from a press-gang. Dryad still manages to give him a shirt into which she has sewn up the magical seed. The seed protects Jura's life in battles, making him invulnerable. Jura is promoted when he brings back a banner he seized from the Turkish camp. Captain Jura is then noticed by the conceited and beautiful daughter of the general. She sets several tasks to Jura and becomes his lover. Because of her, Jura even burns his tow-cloth shirt, thus losing both the magic protection and Dryad's love. Disguised as a Turk, the shepherd then goes to the enemy camp to steal a precious nightingale he had promised the general's daughter. Upon his return, he is considered a deserter and sentenced to be flogged to death. His friends eventually save his life. Jura returns home, but only in vain tries to find his fairy in his chalet and in the woods.

Cast

Vít Olmer

ovčák Jura

Dana Smutná

generálova dcera

Karla Chadimová

víla Lesanka

Jaroslav Vojta

hospodář

Josef Bek

kaprál

Jindřich Narenta

velitel vezírových stájí

Eugen Jegorov

pištec

Alena Bradáčová

Rozárka

Jorga Kotrbová

Barborka

Josef Hlinomaz

hospodský

Lola Skrbková

cikánka

Ivo Němeček

verbíř

Miroslav Svoboda

vezírův pobočník

Jiří Bělohoubek

stráž

Alex Jandouš

stráž

Milan Kindl

krčmář

Marie Waltrová

Martinova matka

Aleš Bílek

hudebník

Jaroslav Boťa

hudebník

František Brož

hudebník

Karel Duba

hudebník

F. Hurtík

hudebník

Čestmír Preclík

hudebník

Karel Koš

hudebník

R. Líčeník

bubeník

Jaroslav Imramovský

bubeník

J. Skružný

bubeník

Zdeněk Šiška

bubeník

B. Pavlík

bankéř

M. Heyduková

huriska

D. Reichová

huriska

A. Šťastná

huriska

Raoul Schránil

důstojník

Zdeněk Skalický

turecký důstojník

Evžen Růžek

odsouzenec

J. Neumanová

odaliska

Anselma Teisingerová

dcera hostinského

Dagmar Zikánová

markytánka

Dubbing

Jan Tříska

hlas ovčáka Jury

Alena Kreuzmannová

hlas víly Lesanky

Světla Amortová

hlas Cikánky

Crew and creators

Director

Jiří Weiss

Second Unit Director

Věra Ženíšková

Assistant Director

Miloš Kohout, Zdena Švarcová

Based on

Jan Drda (Zlaté kapradí – pohádka ze sbírky České pohádky)

Camera Operator

Rudolf Holan

Production Designer

Karel Škvor

Set Designer

Jiří Haller, Libor Speychal, Václav Štědronský, František Zajíček

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Sound Designer

Emil Poledník

Production Manager

František Milič

Unit Production Manager

Václav Havlík, Karel Kovář

Consultant

PhDr. Václav M. Škorpil, Jan Vaníček

Cooperation

Jiřina Brandejsová, Vilemína Binterová, Jan Kňákal

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Srnka

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Songs

Voják, voják

Singer

sbor (Voják, voják)

Choreographer

František Halmazňa

Danced by

Vysokoškolský umělecký soubor, Balet Národního divadla Praha

Production info

Original Title

Zlaté kapradí

English Title

Golden Fern

Copyright

1963

Production Year

1963

Premiere

22.11.1963

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Švabík – Procházka, Jan Procházka, Erich Švabík

Technical info

Versions

Czech