The Devil

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1972

Production year

1972

Runtime

13 min

Category

film

Genre

narrative

Typology

featurenon-theatrical distributionstudent filmshort

Original title

Ďábel

Czech title

Ďábel

English title

The Devil

Synopsis

The farmer's old mother is ailing and it looks as if nothing more can be done for her. But the crops in the field will not wait and so the farmer hires Stáza, a woman from the village who has already looked after many dying people. The thrifty farmer would rather not spend money needlessly, and since it seems that his mother will only last another few days, he makes an agreement with Stáza on a single payment of twelve crowns. As soon as the farmer leaves to tend his fields, Stáza begins to tell the helpless bedridden old woman about all her previous clients and the ways in which they died. She invites the priest to give the patient the last rites. After his departure, she asks the woman if she has ever seen the devil. The sick woman is scared out of her wits when right away a "devil" bursts into the room with a broom in his hand and a saucepan on his head. The shock of fright gives way to hysterical laughter when she recognises the apparition as Stáza. However, the excitement has been too much for the old woman and her heart has stopped. Stáza, who hasn't had to stay long at the farmer's house, contentedly collects her payment.

Cast

Anastázie Cibulková

sedlákova matka Mařenka

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Miloslav Luther, Karel Kovář

Based on

Guy de Maupassant (Ďábel – povídka)

Director of Photography

Oldřich Boudný

Camera Operator

Michal Krob, Zuzana Švábová

Production Designer

Aleš Voleman

Film Editor

Marta Solárová

Sound Designer

Josef Hubka

Production Manager

Karel Fiala

Pedagogical management

Otakar Vávra (režie), Jan Kališ (kamera), Bohumil Šmída (produkce), Josef Dobřichovský (střih)

Music

Music Composed by

archivní

Music Advisor

Ivo Bláha

Production info

Original Title

Ďábel

Czech Title

Ďábel

English Title

The Devil

Category

film

Typology

featurenon-theatrical distributionstudent film

Genre

narrative

Student film

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1972

Production Year

1972

Production

Studio FAMU

Technical info

Duration typology

short film

Duration in minutes

13 min

Original length in metres

349 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech