Weddings of Petr Vok of Rožmberk

historical, comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Svatby pana Voka

Runtime

99

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1970

Production year

1970

Premiere

26.03.1971

Language version

Czech

Director

Karel Steklý

Screenplay

Jan Procházka, Karel Steklý

Screenstory

Karel Steklý

Summary

Real-life Czech nobleman Petr Vok of Rožmberk (1539–1611) serves as the protagonist of this 1970 costume comedy, directed by Karel Steklý and based on a screenplay by Jan Procházka (as he was subject to a ban during the “normalisation” era, his name could not formally be presented in the credits). The story neglects to explore the diverse personality of this noted renaissance politician in favour of instead merely focusing on his private life. More specifically, the plot is drawn from events surrounding this famous philanderer’s marriage, in middle age, to the very young Kateřina of Ludanice. Petr seeks to marry so as to gain a large dowry, which will help him end his current financial woes. But he has no idea that Kateřina has been impoverished by the actions of her relatives, and that the marriage spells the end of his masculine bravado – Vok is forced to marry off all his lovers, and heed to the wishes of his energetic new wife. Following Svatby pana Voka (Weddings of Petr Vok of Rožmberk, 1970), director Steklý made the sequel Pan Vok odchází (Sir Vok Is Leaving, 1979), in which Martin Růžek replaced Miloš Kopecký in the title role.

Synopsis

The nobleman Petr Vok of Rožmberk is no longer so young, but his amatory adventures continue to arouse the envy of men and the indignation of respectable ladies. In his "female retinue" at the chateau in Bechyně he has twelve comely girls, but he still manages to seduce the miller's wife and the maid. Lord Vok is in great financial difficulties. His elder brother Vilém advises him to marry a rich woman. Petr surprises him by announcing his intention to marry the very young Kateřina of Ludanice. The Emperor Rudolph is happy to give his consent to the marriage. He knows Kateřina's relations have deprived her of all her property, and he doesn't approve of Petr and he wants to pay him back in this way for his malicious tricks. Kateřina accepts the offer of marriage on condition that Petr gets rid of his retinue of women. Petr therefore marries off all his beloved mistresses. Just once before the wedding he wants to pay a secret visit to his betrothed, but she is strictly guarded in the Kinský Palace. Petr quickly finds a substitute and finally ends in the Emperor mistress' bedroom. When he returns home he discovers Kateřina there, having escaped from the palace. The exhausted lover fails to live up to his reputation and proves a disappointment even before the pair embark on life together. Fortunately Kateřina has an ally in the shape of Vok's servant Cyril, who can send Lord Vok to sleep at any time she gives him in the word, and therefore enable her to spend time in the arms of a selected lover, such as a young Franciscan, for example.

Cast

Miloš Kopecký

Petr Vok z Rožmberka

Pavel Landovský

císař Rudolf II.

Vladimír Brabec

císařův kancléř Slavata

Otakar Brousek

Vilém z Rožmberka, Petrův bratr

Marie Drahokoupilová

Anna Marie, Vilémova manželka

Darina Chlebová

Kateřina z Ludanic

Jan Schánilec

básník Šimon Lomnický

Václav Sloup

lokaj Cyril

Alois Müller

purkrabí Tataus

Jaroslav Moučka

hofmistr Smrk

Stanislava Bartošová

Madlenka, členka fraucimoru

Julie Jenšíková

Zuzanka, členka fraucimoru

Helena Lišková

Aranka, členka fraucimoru

Eva Lorenzová

Dorotka, členka fraucimoru

Petra Nohová

Aloisie, členka fraucimoru

Jiřina Pechová

Albína, členka fraucimoru

Marcela Pešinová

Belina, členka fraucimoru

Eva Trejtnarová

Aida, členka fraucimoru

Taťána Unkurovová

Osifa, členka fraucimoru

Daniela Pokorná

Babeta, členka fraucimoru

Jana Posseltová

Hilda, členka fraucimoru

Hana Vítková

Uršula, členka fraucimoru

Otto Šimánek

kardinál

Eduard Dubský

obřadník

Josef Hlinomaz

purkmistr

Míla Myslíková

mlynářka

Miloslav Holub

mlynář

Václav Kotva

mládek

Eugen Jegorov

pekař Tomáš

Zdeněk Jánský

prášek

Jaroslav Štercl

italský hudebník Pedro

Jiří Štěpnička

františkán

Miloš Nesvadba

fendrich

Miloš Vavruška

zpovědník Ignác

Karel Augusta

venkovan Prokop

Miloslav Homola

venkovan Metoděj

Vlastimil Bedrna

zbrojnoš u mostu

Václav Štekl

zbrojnoš u mostu

Lubomír Bryg

kuchař

Oldřich Hoblík

lékař císaře

Josef Bulík

uhlíř

Zdeněk Šavrda

lokaj císaře

Karel Engel

strážný

Karel Fořt

kardinálův kočí

Ladislav Gzela

pražský purkmistr

Ilona Jirotková

Stradová, milenka císaře

Rudolf Chromek

astronom

Jindřich Janda

hostinský

Jana Bittlová

hostinská

Jaroslava Schallerová

ficka Hanička

Josef Kotapiš

velitel stráží

Jan Krafka

mladý šlechtic

Karel Hanzlík

lokaj

Karel Kmoch

lokaj

Václav Břichnáč

lokaj

Vladislav Šebesta

lokaj

Jiří Krampol

adjutant

Jiří Lír

sluha Kryštof

Lucie Žulová

služka Stáza

Jarmila Májová

chůva Kateřiny

Zdeněk Najman

lokaj Kateřiny

Antonín Soukup

kostelník

Aleš Morávek

zbrojnoš

Josef Kubíček

zbrojnoš

Jiří Býček

lapka

Karel Bělohradský

šlechtic na koni

Marta Záhorová

chůva Emílie

Vladimír Zoubek

Popel z Lobkovic

Tomáš Zemek

obézní zpěvák

N. Herrera

Fatima

J. Hanzal

silák

Willy Kuk-Znamínko

lokaj Kateřiny

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

František Sádek

Assistant Director

Jiří Býček, Marie Hejzlarová

Screenstory

Karel Steklý

Shooting Script

Karel Steklý

Second Unit Photography

Pavel Nečesal

Camera Operator

Vladimír Murat

Production Designer

Karel Lier

Set Designer

Petr Misík, Josef Pavlík, Ladislav Rada

Costume Designer

Jan Kropáček

Film Editor

Jan Kohout

Sound Designer

Jiří Hora

Production Manager

Ladislav Kalaš, Erich Švabík

Unit Production Manager

Adolf Široký, Ludmila Tikovská

Unit Production Manager

Karel Petrů

Consultant

Alois Míka

Cooperation

Jaroslava Sýkorová, Anna Mejtská, Libuše Jahodová

Music

Music Composed by

Luboš Fišer

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Songwriter

Luboš Fišer

Writer of Lyrics

Pavel Kopta

Singer

Waldemar Matuška, Tomáš Zemek

Production info

Original Title

Svatby pana Voka

English Title

Weddings of Petr Vok of Rožmberk

Copyright

1970

Production Year

1970

Premiere

26.03.1971

Creative Group

Švabík – Procházka, Jan Procházka, Erich Švabík

Technical info

Format

35mm , Betacam, DVD

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 4. celostátní festival českých a slovenských filmů Plzeň

1971
Plzeň / Czechoslovakia