Pauline

drama

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Pavlínka

Runtime

91 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1974

Production year

1974

Premiere

11.10.1974

Language version

Czech

Director

Karel Kachyňa

Summary

Based on a true story – the tragic death of a 16-year-old girl following the crushing of a workers’ strike in the town of Svárov in March 1870 – chronicled in a novel by Alfred Technik and adapted for the screen in 1974. The bloodily suppressed Svárov strike was one of the first mass workers’ protests of its kind. This socially-conscious drama from distinguished director Karel Kachyňa conforms to the ideological viewpoint of the era of its release. Nonetheless it also presents a degree of stylised poeticism, a hallmark of the work of Kachyňa. Efforts at authenticity are bolstered by the fact that Pavlínka (Pauline) was filmed in the same locations in which the real historical drama occurred, namely in Svárov, its surroundings, and Tanvald. Tragic heroine Pavlína Bernerová is portrayed by Slovak actress Brigita Hausnerová. The role of the young girl’s caring grandmother goes to Marie Brožová.

Synopsis

After the death of her parents Pavlínka is brough up by her grandmother Barbora. They both live in a poor mountain region that has just one textile factory, in Svárov. Its owner Baron Liebig pays the workers very meagre wages and so in every cottage people thread beads to earn a little extra. Pavlínka also threads beads and helps in any way she can. One day while out collecting herbs, she meets Pavel Žák, a worker from the textile factory, and thus begins Pavlínka's great love. Her grandmother is strict, however, because she is frightened for the girl, and has no one else in the world. She doesn't even want to allow Pavlínka to go to the fair. In the end, however, the cobbler Krupiček manages to persuade the grandmother and Pavlínka goes out with Pavel for the first time. In the textile factory work has been halted several times and the workers are beginning to protest led by the weavers Holan and Pavel. Liebig refuses to meet their demands. The workers organize the First Czech Weavers' Ball, at which even grandmother has to admit that Pavlínka and Pavel make a beautiful young couple. The baron reduces the workers' wages by ten percent, and in response they drain off the water essential to the operation of the weaving mill. Events reach boiling point in Svárov, the workers go on strike and the baron calls in soldiers. In her fear for Pavel, Pavlínka runs to the factory and finds herself in front of the soldiers. Shots are fired and the second hits Pavlínka; on her blouse she has Pavel's Christmas present - a glass rose. Pavel and Holan are led off by the gendarmes. The grandmother opens a cage and lets the linnet, a gift from Pavel to her grand-daughter, fly free.

Cast

Brigita Hausnerová

Pavlínka Linková

Marián Kleis ml.

textilák Pavel Žák

Marie Brožová

babička Barbora Bernerová, porodní bába

Vladimír Šmeral

starý tkadlec Jáchym Rydval

Gustáv Valach

vojenský invalida Josef Linhart

Petr Haničinec

tkadlec Holan

Zdeněk Martínek

švec Matěj Krupička

Alena Kryštofková

Růžena Bártlová, Pavlínčina kamarádka

Josef Koza

Bártl, Růženin otec

Zora Božinová

Bártlová, Růženina matka

Jana Preissová

maminka Helenka

Ivo Kubečka

tatínek Pavel

Mnislav Hofmann

vrátný v továrně

Jaroslava Tichá

sedřená žena

Jiří Klem

voják ve snu

Zdeněk Sedláček

zjizvený voják Jenda

Karel Novák (1)

slepý citerista

Josef Němeček (2)

textilák Pavlata

František Čužna

textilní dělník

Milena Šajdková

Holanova žena

Zdenka Smrčková

Mařinka, Rydvalova vnučka

Ladislav Vyčítal

Lojzík

Jaroslava Vlášková

Božka

Filip Renč

Pepík Bártl

Helena Machovcová

dítě

Josef Konzal

dítě

Jaroslava Horáková

dítě

Jan Košař

dítě

Zdeněk Flídr (2)

dítě

Eva Řepíková

Beldová

Zbyšek Svoboda

hejtman

Zdeňka Rosolová

rodička Pavlatová

Jaromír Lukáš

továrník baron Liebig

Zdeňka Čochnařová

babka kořenářka

Jaroslav Beneš (2)

starý tkadlec

Jiří Zapletal

člen tkalcovské delegace

Erik Zámiš

člen tkalcovské delegace

Miloš Bílek

člen tkalcovské delegace

Janka Veselá

loutkoherečka

Pavel Polák

loutkoherec

Jana Hoskovcová

loutkoherečka

Markéta Kočvarová

loutkoherečka

Anton Andres

hudebník

Roman Bajer

hudebník

Václav Habart

hudebník

Zdeněk Hanzlík

hudebník

Josef Koutník

hudebník

Karel Mráz

hudebník

Josef Ottl

hudebník

Pavel Ottl

hudebník

Josef Šaroun

hudebník

Josef Šulc (2)

hudebník

Franta Kocourek

silák na jarmarku

Dubbing

Michal Pavlata

hlas textiláka Žáka

Jorga Kotrbová

hlas maminky Helenky

Miroslav Masopust

hlas tatínka Pavla

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Milada Mikešová

Assistant Director

Zdeněk Flídr, Jaroslava Čapková

Based on

Alfred Technik (Svárov – román)

Shooting Script

Karel Kachyňa

Script Editor

Josef Hanzlík

Production Designer

Oldřich Okáč

Set Designer

Bohdan Kysil, Vladimír Mácha, Vladimír Slepička

Costume Designer

Theodor Pištěk ml.

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Sound Designer

Jiří Lenoch

Production Manager

Jaromír Lukáš

Unit Production Manager

Věnceslava Vacková, Miroslav Dousek

Unit Production Manager

Milena Horáková

Cooperation

Ivana Brejšková, Josef Janoušek, Jitka Šulcová, Vilemína Binterová, Václav Hlávka

Music

Music Composed by

Zdeněk Liška

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Songs

Ach, bože, přebože, Nehašený vápno, černou hlínu /parafráze Ach, synku, synku/

Songwriter

lidová píseň (Ach, bože, přebože)

Singer

Vladimír Šmeral (Ach, bože, přebože), Karel Novák (Nehašený vápno, černou hlínu /parafráze Ach, synku, synku/)

Production info

Original Title

Pavlínka

English Title

Pauline

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1974

Production Year

1974

Premiere

11.10.1974

Creative Group

Ota Hofman

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

91 min

Versions

Czech