Radúz and Mahulena

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1970

Production year

1969—1970

Premiere

14 May 1971

Runtime

111 min

Director

Petr Weigl

Category

film

Genre

fairytale

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Radúz a Mahulena

Czech title

Radúz a Mahulena

English title

Radúz and Mahulena

Synopsis

Radúz, the son of a Magurian king, has lost his way hunting in the territory of the Tatra King Stojmír. He learns from his loyal servant Radovid the reason behind the two countries' conflict. When Radúz's mother Nyola married his father, the rejected wooer Stojmír married the evil Princess Runa. Runa out of jealousy continually incites hatred for Maguria. Radúz and Radovid have only just crossed the border when an army commanded by Runa detains them. The white deer that Radúz has killed belongs to the youngest of Stojmír's three daughters, the beautiful and delicate Mahulena. Radovid is set free but Radúz is confined to the tower and later bound to a rock. Runa hurls the only keys that could unlock his fetters down into the abyss but the shepherd Vratko finds them and gives them to Mahulena. The two young people fall deeply in love. Runa gives to Mahulena a poisoned drink for Radúz and sends her to the mountains after him. The girl realizes that the drink is poisoned and frees the young man instead. Radúz refuses to leave without Mahulena. Runa catches them and when the young man overpowers her and ties her to a tree, the queen puts a curse on them. The lovers leave for Maguria. The young prince learns that his father has died, he leaves Mahulena in front of the castle and hurries to his mother. The curse causes him to completely forget about Mahulena after his mother kisses him. The despairing girl changes into a poplar. Radúz loses his reason and Nyola want to fell the poplar where the youth has sought comfort. Mahulena's blood spurts from the tree and heals Radúz. Runa's evil curse vanishes.

Note

First shown on the Czechoslovak television on the 1st of January 1971.

Cast

Jan Tříska

magurský kralevic Radúz

Jaroslava Adamová

královna Runa

Jiří Adamíra

tatranský král Stojmír, Mahulenin

Vladimír Ráž

Radovid, Radúzův sluha

Dana Medřická

královna Nyola, Radúzova matka

Vladimír Menšík

dřevorubec Vratko

Naďa Urbánková

Prija, Mahulenina sestra

Jaroslava Obermaierová

Živa, Mahulenina sestra

Jiří Hospoda

milenec

Miloslav Korn

tanečník

Jan Rosák

člen Radúzovy družiny

Commentary

Crew and creators

Director

Petr Weigl

Based on

Julius Zeyer (Radúz a Mahulena – dramatizace pohádky)

Screenplay

Josef Topol (úprava dialogů), Petr Weigl

Shooting Script

Petr Weigl

Script Editor

Josef Bouček

Director of Photography

Jiří Kadaňka

Camera Operator

Jan Osten, Antonín Mařík

Production Designer

Vladimír Labský

Set Designer

Jaroslav Lehman, Ladislav Rada

Costume Designer

Jan Skalický, Fernand Vácha

Film Editor

Karel Kohout

Production Manager

Miloslav Vaněk

Unit Production Manager

Rudolf Mos, Vlasta Synkulová

Consultant

František Michálek, Hofman Zdenek inž.

Cooperation

Aleš Voleman, Ivana Götzová

Music

Music Composed by

Josef Suk

Music Performed by

Velký symfonický orchestr (Music Conducted by Libor Pešek),

Music Advisor

Luboš Fišer

Choreographer

Jarmila Jeřábková

Danced by

taneční skupina Jarmily Jeřábkové, Miroslav Kůra

Production info

Original Title

Radúz a Mahulena

Czech Title

Radúz a Mahulena

English Title

Radúz and Mahulena

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

fairytale

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1970

Production Year

1969—1970

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 4 June 1968
technical Screenplay approved 07/1969
start of filming 23 July 1969
end of filming 8 July 1970
projection approval 23 November 1970

Premiere

non-distribution premiere 1 January 1971 (televizní uvedení ČST 1 a ČST 2)
premiere 14 May 1971

Copyright Holders

Česká televize

Creative Group

Skupina zakázkových filmů, Jan Klement (vedoucí Skupiny zakázkových filmů)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

111 min

Original length in metres

3 162 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Versions

Czech