The Death of the Beautiful Roebucks

narrative

Typology

feature

Czech title

Smrt krásných srnců

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1975

Production year

1975

Language version

Czech

Director

Vladimír Merta

Screenplay

Vladimír Merta

Synopsis

Husband and wife Leo and Hermína travel through the countryside along the Berounka river trying to find a nice summer lodging for themselves and their three sons. They decide to stay with the family of ferryman Prošek and enjoy the summer. The boys play football and cowboys and Indians and learn fishing from their father and Mr Prošek. Their mother plays gramophone records and cooks with Mrs Prošková. The head forester warns Prošek not to let his Alsatian Holan run free, because it could kill a roebuck. The truth is, however, that the Prošeks do eat wild game from time to time. In fact, once Mrs Prošek hid a dead animal in her child's crib just before the gamekeeper arrived. One day, the local character arrives with news that the Protectorate of Bohemia und Moravia has just been declared. Suddenly, everything changes. The elder boys and the father must now wear the yellow Jewish star and time gets close for them to leave for a concentration camp. The father then asks Prošek to lend Holan to him. With the dog's help, he hunts down a roebuck, whose meat is to give strength to the two boys. The youngest son stays home with his mother. Finally, the war is over and the family, fortunately having survived, returns to their beloved place by the ferry at Berounka. But nobody comes in answer to their calls across the river...

Cast

Zdeněk Řehoř

tatínek Leo

Věra Kubánková

maminka Hermína

Josef Koza

převozník Karel Prošek

Jiří Zahajský

nadlesní

Věra Tichánková

Proškova žena

Jaromír Čečrdle

Josef Konzal

Jan Hluchý

Pavel Plesný

pes Heda

vlčák Holan

skupina J. Rozínka

Crew and creators

Based on

Ota Pavel (Smrt krásných srnců – povídka)

Screenplay

Vladimír Merta

Camera Operator

Ervín Sanders, Ivan Bartoš

Production Designer

Aleš Voleman

Set Designer

Augustin Valko

Film Editor

Věra Smetanová

Sound Designer

Josef Hubka

Production Manager

Jana Ondryášová, Karel Fiala

Pedagogical management

Antonín Kachlík (režie), Jan Kališ (kamera), Karel Kohout (střih), Čestmír Církva (střih), Bedřich Pilný

Cooperation

manželé Hvězdovi, J. Plíva

Music

Music Composed by

Štěpán Rak

Selected Music

Jaroslav Ježek (Isabel valse)

Songs

Píseň severu, Pochod stoprocentních mužů, Hajej, můj andílku

Songwriter

Pavel Milan (Píseň severu), Jaroslav Ježek (Pochod stoprocentních mužů), Bedřich Smetana (Hajej, můj andílku)

Writer of Lyrics

Viktorka Bárová (Píseň severu), Jiří Voskovec (Pochod stoprocentních mužů), Jan Werich (Pochod stoprocentních mužů), Eliška Krásnohorská (Hajej, můj andílku)

Singer

skupina J. Rozínka (Píseň severu), Jiří Voskovec (Pochod stoprocentních mužů), Jan Werich (Pochod stoprocentních mužů), Věra Tichánková (Hajej, můj andílku)

Production info

Original Title

Smrt krásných srnců

English Title

The Death of the Beautiful Roebucks

Copyright

1975

Production Year

1975

Production

Studio FAMU

Technical info

Versions

Czech