The Bride with the Loveliest Eyes

Country

Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria

Copyright

1975

Production year

1975

Premiere

9 July 1976

Runtime

82 min

Director

Jan Schmidt

Category

film

Genre

fairytale

Typology

featurelong

Original title

Nevěsta s nejkrásnějšíma očima

Czech title

Nevěsta s nejkrásnějšíma očima

English title

The Bride with the Loveliest Eyes

Parallel Title

Godenicata s najkrasivite oči

Summary

Exotic Bulgarian locales play an important role in this 1975 co-production directed by Jan Schmidt. Based on a retelling of a Bulgarian fairytale by writer Marie Voříšková, it tells the story of Pišta, a young gipsy who is supposed to get married, but refuses to wed any of the girls in his home village. He sets out to find the girl Orina (Bulgarian actress Elena Dimitrova), known to him from stories told by his grandfather. He finds out that Orina has been placed under a spell, and turned into a black hen. To free her, he has to marry her... The director’s other films include the post-apocalyptic drama Konec srpna v hotelu Ozon (The End of August at the Ozone Hotel, 1966), the famous 1977 “prehistoric trilogy” (Volání rodu – Indivisible Clan, Na Veliké řece – On the Big River, Osada havranů – The Ravens' Stronghold), as well as another children’s story, Jak si zasloužit princeznu (How to Earn a Princess, 1994).

Synopsis

An old man to whom young Pišta gives a ride in his buggy talks about a beautiful girl by the name of Orina. The old man then disappears and Pišta returns to his village. Here the mayor announces to Pišta that it is now his turn to get married. Pišta doesn't want any of the cantankerous village girls and, since he cannot get the old man's tale out of his mind, he sets off to look for Orina. He meets several beautiful women on his journey, but none of them is Orina. One day, a journey through an inhospitable desert leads him to a small cottage with a thatched roof, with a black hen sitting on the bench in the front yard. The old couple livingin the hut inhabitants of the hut, invite Pišta to join them at their table and offer him a bed for the night. In the morning, they leave and Pišta begins repairing the roof. At noon, he catches glimpse of a beautiful girl cooking lunch inside the main room, but at one o'clock the girl changes into a black hen. Pišta manages to talk to the girl and he discovers that this is the Orina he has been looking for. The old man reveals to Pišta how to break the unlucky spell: he must marry the girl while she has the form of a hen. Back at the village, everybody pokes fun at Pišta because of his "bride". But Pišta remains determined and when he says yes to his marriage during the wedding ceremony, the hen changes for good into the beautiful Orina. Then the newlyweds leave on Pišta's horse decorated with ribbons.

Cast

Elena Dimitrova

Orina

Bohumil Vávra

dědeček Joži

Naďa Hejná

babička Aranka

Jana Břežková

pekařka Zuzka

Anton Karastojanov

primáš

Violeta Pavlova

uhlířka Marka

Pavel Wuršer

starosta /vajda/

Vanja Apostolova

Elena

Reni Kitanova

Margita

Ivan Jordanov

uhlíř

Dimitr Bočev

handlíř

Ilja Iljev

uhlířův syn

Plamen Petkov

uhlířův syn

Ivan Petrušinov

Jano

Maria Gančeva

matrona

Ivan Grigorov

poberta

Vladimír Bonev

poberta

Kiril Vodeničarov

poberta

Dimitr Jordanov

stařík

Kosta Karageorgiev

mim

Dubbing

Marie Brožová

hlas babičky

Jan Faltýnek

hlas primáše

Jana Březinová

hlas uhlířky

Jana Andresíková

hlas Eleny

Inka Šecová

hlas Margity

Mirko Musil

hlas uhlíře

Zdeněk Kutil

hlas handlíře

Bedřich Šetena

hlas Jana

Helena Růžičková

hlas matrony

Bedřich Šetena

hlas poberty

Karel Meister ml.

hlas poberty

Jan Kraus

hlas poberty

Karel Hovorka

hlas staříka

Crew and creators

Director

Jan Schmidt

Second Unit Director

Milan Kadlec, Margarita Stamboljeva

Assistant Director

Jiří Ostrý, Dagmar Švejdová

Based on

Marie Voříšková (O krásné Tindir Sibilloně – pohádka ze sbírky Zpívající housle)

Script Editor

Ivan Urban, Vasil Akjov

Second Unit Photography

Jan Kváča

Camera Operator

Hanuš Bečvář

Production Designer

Jindřich Goetz

Set Designer

Bedřich Čermák, Jaromír Bieber, Emil Velčev

Costume Designer

Theodor Pištěk ml.

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Sound Designer

František Fabián

Production Manager

Jiří Beránek, Trajko Ivanov

Unit Production Manager

Alena Lípová, Vlasta Synkulová, Vasil Radoev, Ivo Draganov

Cooperation

Alexandra Tompichová, Jiří Kučera, Eva Bobková, Jaromír Švarc

Music

Music Composed by

Zdeněk Liška

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Nevěsta s nejkrásnějšíma očima

English Title

The Bride with the Loveliest Eyes

Parallel Title

Godenicata s najkrasivite oči

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

fairytale

Origin country

Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria

Copyright

1975

Production Year

1975

Premiere

9 July 1976

Creative Group

Ota Hofman, Sredec – tvůrčí kolektiv

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

82 min

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 16. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1976
Zlín / Czechoslovakia