Poisoned Poisoner

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1968

Production year

1968

Runtime

14 min

Category

povídka

Genre

fantastic, historical, short-story

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionshort

Original title

Otrávená travička

Czech title

Otrávená travička

English title

Poisoned Poisoner

Working title

Pražské noci

Synopsis

At the "Virtuous Susan" inn ["U cudné Zuzany" inn], the beautiful and charming landlady Zuzana looks after her customers. Her servant Přech is helping her by filling up the wineglasses. Zuzana always takes advantage of her guests' enchantment with her to pour poison into their goblets from a ring she wears on her finger. This time the victim is a Turkish gentleman. When he dies of the poison, the two take all his belongings. Then Přech throws the man down into the cellar, to join all their previous victims. Their next victims are a knight in armour and an old nobleman. Late at night, with the help of her servant, Zuzana brews the poison from grated human skull, bats, snakes and other ingredients. Then she fills her ring with the lethal mixture. The next visitor is a young man who tries to poison Zuzana instead. They both survive each other's murder attempt and end up in bed in a passionate embrace. Her devoted but jealous servant Přech offers them two poisoned goblets of wine. He then covers the dead Zuzana's body with kisses and dies, having taken poison from her ring.

Cast

Milena Dvorská

hospodská Zuzana

Václav Kotva

sluha Přech

František Velecký

host-sličný mladík s loutnou

Jan Libíček

host-Turek

Václav Trégl

host-starý šlechtic

Miloš Makovec

host-rytíř v brnění

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Jan Mimra

Assistant Director

Robert Vacík

Screenstory

Jiří Brdečka

Director of Photography

Rudolf Milič

Second Unit Photography

Rudolf Milič ml.

Production Designer

Karel Škvor

Assistent Production Designer

Jan Kňákal

Costume Designer

Vladimír Synek

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Assistant Film Editor

Eliška Švarcová

Sound Designer

Pavel Jelínek

Production Manager

Josef Ouzký

Unit Production Manager

Jiří Mařas, Růžena Hulínská

Cooperation

Jolana Bajtková (klapka), Josef Janoušek (fotograf)

Music

Music Composed by

Zdeněk Liška

Music Performed by

FISYO, Kühnův smíšený sbor

Songs

Otrávená travička

Songwriter Zdeněk Liška
Writer of Lyrics Pavel Kopta
Singer Yvetta Simonovámužský hlasženský hlas

Production info

Original Title

Otrávená travička

Czech Title

Otrávená travička

English Title

Poisoned Poisoner

Working Title

Pražské noci

Category

povídka

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

fantastic, historical, short-story

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1968

Production Year

1968

Technical info

Duration typology

short film

Duration in minutes

14 min

Original length in metres

402 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

colour

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech, without dialogue, sung

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech