Snow White

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1972

Production year

1971—1972

Premiere

19 May 1972

Runtime

71 min

Category

film

Genre

children

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

O Sněhurce

Czech title

O Sněhurce

English title

Snow White

Summary

In 1972, director Věra Plívová-Šimková made another in a series of films offering sensitive portrayals of the lives of village children. The main character of this story, set in the remote Beskydy region, is young Katka Škeříková. The young heroine is facing problems shifting from a single-class village school to a larger town-based educational institution. But she returns to her old friends and friendly former village teacher Smetáček (Václav Babka) in order to partake in the annual local theatre performance. Although Katka fails to win the role of Sněhurka (Snow White), the theatre nonetheless offers her – and her friends from the remote mountain region – the opportunity to indulge their young imaginations. As with the director’s other films, the family-friendly O Sněhurce (The Snow White) offers great entertainment for all ages. Non-professional actress Marie Moravcová turns in a convincing and natural performance in the lead role.

Synopsis

Sixth-grade pupil Katka daydreams during a maths class about being Snow White and being freed by a prince who looks very much like Džery from the eighth grade. Katka, her girl friends Lenka and Martina, and her fellow-pupils Franta, Joska and freckled Vrabčák, have spent five years going to the same little one-class school in their home mountain village of Pastvina. Their kind teacher Smetáček was very understanding about their games and fantasies, but he didn't teach them much about arithmetic. They are now laughed at for their ignorance by the strict Bidlo, their new teacher at the near-by little town. As he does every year, Smetáček is preparing a theatre performance with the local children. Katka suggests the fairytale about Snow White, but Markéta gets the leading role and the long-haired dreamy girl is left with the role of the Evil Queen. Lenka is the Forest Master, Joska the King, and Franta the huntsman, while the younger children are cast as dwarfs and wood creatures. Only the prince is missing. Džery, the girls' favourite, is not interested in drama and spends his free time tending to a herd of foals. The girls borrow lots of different things from grandma Ďoubalíková to serve as props. Katka secretly asks the ancient mirror who is the most beautiful girl of all. Blaženka's grandmother drowns the girl's beloved kittens. The boys and girls scare each others: the boys are terrified by the Snow White's coffin, and the girls are frightened by Joska's bear costume. Džery lets the girls take a ride but Joska in his bear costume unintentionally frightens the horses. Katka falls and breaks a leg. The children visit her in the hospital dressed in their costumes. And then the curtain rises at the village pub hall.

Note

The Pavlíček´s authorship of the theme was kept secret for political reasons.

Cast

Václav Babka

učitel Smetáček

František Husák

učitel Bidlo

Marie Moravcová

Katka Škeříková

Markéta Hermannová

Lenka Kořínková, Katčina spolužačka

Zuzana Tučková

Martina Jandová

Zuzana Fišerová

Blaženka zvaná Myška

Petr Pulpán

Džery

Vladimír Kunz (2)

Fanda Janda, bratr Martiny

Milan Zeman

Joska-Flinta

Miloš Drahota

Vrabec zvaný Vrabčák

Přemysl Blažík

Franta-Třeštidlo

Zdena Hadrbolcová

maminka Katky

Petr Skarke

tatínek Katky

Josefa Pechlátová

babička Ďoubalíková

Jiří Hálek

ředitel školy

Karel Augusta

truhlář

Milan Bakeš

školák

Yveta Buriánková

školačka

Jiří Ducháč

školák

Jiří Fejfar

školák

Blažena Hedrychová

školačka

Martina Jiráková

školačka

Ivo Kohout

školák

Irena Koublová

školačka

Luděk Kučera

školák

Jiří Pičman

školák

Alice Sklenářová

školačka

Pavel Udatný

školák

Dubbing

Petr Skarke

hlas mladého lékaře

Josef Bláha

hlas primáře

Věra Galatíková

hlas zrcadla

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Drahomíra Králová

Assistant Director

Pavel Horák, Eliška Vojtová

Director of Photography

Emil Sirotek

Second Unit Photography

Karel Dobřichovský

Camera Operator

Karel Hurský

Production Designer

Vladimír Labský

Set Designer

Jaromír Dědek, Václav Kozel, Vladimír Mácha

Costume Designer

Theodor Pištěk ml.

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Sound Designer

Blažej Bernard

Production Manager

Vladimír Vojta

Unit Production Manager

Hana Beattie, Luděk Marold

Unit Production Manager

Martin Benoni

Consultant

Lev Richter, František Michálek

Cooperation

Ivana Palacká, Richard Polák, Vilemína Binterová, Zdeněk Petrovský

Music

Music Composed by

Zdeněk Liška

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by František Belfín),

Songs

Hurá zpátky do pohádky

Songwriter Zdeněk Liška
Writer of Lyrics Pavel Kopta
Singer dětský sbor

Bludička Julie

Songwriter Václav Zahradník
Writer of Lyrics Vladimír Poštulka
Singer Hana Zagorová

Dám tisíc dukátů

Songwriter Karel Svoboda
Writer of Lyrics Jiří ŠtaidlVladimír Poštulka
Singer Eva Pilarová

Nešťastný šafářův dvoreček

Singer Zuzana Fišerová

Já do lesa nepojedu

Singer dětský sborVáclav Babka

Na tom bošileckým mostku

Singer Markéta Hermannová

Production info

Original Title

O Sněhurce

Czech Title

O Sněhurce

English Title

Snow White

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

children

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1972

Production Year

1971—1972

Production specifications

start of filming 19 April 1971
end of filming 15 February 1972
projection approval 15 February 1972

Premiere

premiere 19 May 1972

Creative Group

Dramaturgická skupina Oty Hofmana, Ota Hofman (vedoucí dramaturgické skupiny), Výrobní skupina Jiřího Šebora, Jiří Šebor (vedoucí výrobní skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

71 min

Original length in metres

2 020 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

colour

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 15. mezinárodní festival filmů pro děti a mládež Gijón

1977
Gijón / Spain

Vítěz

Festival: 1. mezinárodní filmový festival pro děti a mládež Bourboule

1975
Bourboule / France

Vítěz

Event: 11. mezinárodní soutěž filmů pro děti Gijón

1973
Gijón / Spain

Vítěz

Event: 11. mezinárodní soutěž filmů pro děti Gijón

1973
Gijón / Spain

Vítěz

Festival: 1. festival dětských filmů České Budějovice

1972
České Budějovice / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 12. festival filmů pro děti a mládež Gottwaldov

1972
Zlín / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 12. festival filmů pro děti a mládež Gottwaldov

1972
Zlín / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 1. festival dětských filmů České Budějovice

1972
České Budějovice / Czechoslovakia