Hordubal

drama

Typology

feature

Czech title

Hordubal

Runtime

85

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1979

Production year

1979

Premiere

25.04.1980

Language version

Czech

Director

Jaroslav Balík

Summary

Director Martin Frič was the first to shoot a film based on the novel Hordubal by Karel Čapek. His picture, Hordubalové (The Hordubals,1937), starred Jaroslav Vojta in the lead role and was made with the approval of the novel’s author. Screenwriter Václav Nývlt was next to try a cinematic adaptation in 1979. The lead role in this drama directed by Jaroslav Balík was performed by Soviet actor Anatoly Kuznetsov. The film’s main protagonist returns home after five years of toil in faraway America. However, Juraj Hordubal’s family and the neighbours in his native village have all become convinced that he has died while abroad. Hordubal’s wife Polana (Libuše Geprtová) has already paired up with farmhand Štěpán (Hungarian actor Sándor Oszter) and has no qualms about killing her lawful and seriously ill husband in order to vindicate her new life... Despite striving to present an authentic village atmosphere, Balík’s adaptation still left something to be desired when compared with the layered and richly detailed novel.

Synopsis

After five years of hard work in America Juraj Hordubal returnes back home. He is looking forward to his wife Polana and his little daughter Hafie. The family and the village welcome him with hesitation. Everybody believed that Juraj died in America because Polana stopped receiving money from him already two years ago. Polana's farm was prospering first of all thanks to the young stable boy Štěpán. Men in the pub first indicate and then say to Juraj directly that Polana has been unfaithful to him with Štěpán. Juraj refuses such accusations and he even fights because of his wife. To stop the slanders he fires Štěpán. When he has to take him back he engages him with little Hafie. In the end he admits the truth. Polana does not want him. She loves Štěpán. Sad Juraj gets a love-philtre from an old herb woman, but he does not use it. He sets out in the rain to visit the old wise Miša, he gets cold and sick. Hafie takes care of him while he is sick and Hordubal gets after some days better for Polana displeased. The following day he is found dead with stabs in the heart. Štěpán and Polana are arrested for a murder. A doctor finds out that their crime was not necessary because they killed a dying person. He discloses also the reason of the crime - Polana is pregnant with Štěpán. Juraj's brother Michajl will take care of Hafie and the farm. But he too would like to go to America.

Cast

Anatolij Kuzněcov

Juraj Hordubal

Libuše Geprtová

Polana, Hordubalova žena

Sándor Oszter

čeledín Štěpán Manya

Klára Pollertová

Hafie, dcera Hordubalových

Karol L. Zachar

bača Míša

Ota Sklenčka

soudní lékař

Július Vašek

gazda Gejza Fedeleš

Emil Horváth

četnický praporčík Gelnaj

Vladimír Petruška

Vasil Gerič, Jurajův přítel

Ján Mildner

Amerikán Olexa Hrymit

Zsigmond Turner

starý Manya

Ivo Kubečka

Michajl, Hordubalův bratr

Alice Kubečková

žena Hordubalova bratra

Mária Markovičová

vesnická kořenářka-vorožina

Sonja Korenčiová

Pjosová

Milan Fiabane

Andrej Pjosa

Jana Plichtová

Geričova žena

Ľudovít Kroner

krčmář

Jiří Wohanka

důstojník na koni

Štefan Adamec

Michalčuk

Adam Matejka

Herpák

Viera Hladká

Herpákova žena

Jan Vávra

Poderejčuk

Martin Učík

štábní strážmistr Karel Biegel

Michael Hofbauer

Ďula, Štěpánův bratr

Gejza Maráky

Hryhorij

Ivan Macho

Varvarin

Alžbeta Barthová

Varvarinova žena

Ján Baláž

hudebník

Vojtech Beňok

hudebník

Róbert Berta

hudebník

František Jano

hudebník

Imrich Mesáros

hudebník/tanečník

Barnabáš Berta

tanečník

Viera Ondrejkovičová

tanečnice

Anna Tóthová

tanečnice

Jiří Kraus

rváč

Dubbing

Leopold Haverl

hlas Hordubala

Petr Čepek

hlas Štěpána

Jiří Němeček

hlas Hrymita

Ferdinand Krůta

hlas starého Manyi

Jiří Krampol

hlas starého vesničana

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Milena Kropáčková

Based on

Karel Čapek (Hordubal – román)

Screenplay

Václav Nývlt

Shooting Script

Jaroslav Balík

Script Editor

Oldřich Železný

Second Unit Photography

Ivan Kačer

Production Designer

Jiří Hlupý

Costume Designer

Milan Čorba

Film Editor

Eva Bobková

Sound Designer

Jiří Kříž

Production Manager

Karel Kochman

Unit Production Manager

Petr Prejda, Věra Lukášová

Unit Production Manager

Eliška Sekavová

Cooperation

Zora Winkelhöferová, Václav Beneš, Štěpánka Stříbrná, Pavel Pitner, František Remeš, P. Dvořák, F. Mestek, Zdeněk Mihle, P. Martinovský, Z. Suchý, Roman Tudžaroff

Music

Music Composed by

Karel Mareš

Music Performed by

Studiový orchestr, Lidový folklorní soubor Dargov

Music Conducted by

Jan Hrábek (Studiový orchestr)

Production info

Original Title

Hordubal

English Title

Hordubal

Copyright

1979

Production Year

1979

Premiere

25.04.1980

Creative Group

Vladimír Kalina

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 25. mezinárodní filmový festival Cork

1980
Cork / Ireland
Jiří Hlupý

Vítěz

Festival: 25. mezinárodní filmový festival Cork

1980
Cork / Ireland
Viktor Svoboda

Vítěz

Festival: 18. festival českých a slovenských filmů Košice

1980
Košice / Czechoslovakia
Karel Mareš