Playing for Queen

historical

Typology

feature

Czech title

Hra o královnu

Runtime

90

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1980

Production year

1980

Premiere

13.03.1981

Language version

Czech

Director

Karel Steklý

Screenplay

Karel Steklý, Věra Líznerová

Screenstory

Karel Steklý, Věra Líznerová

Summary

The idea of there having been a romantic affair between thirteenth century Queen of Bohemia Kunigunda (Kunhuta) and nobleman Záviš of Falkenstein is considered mere speculation by numerous historians. That did not of course stop director Karel Steklý from making a film loosely based on the historical facts. Steklý penned the script for the film alongside his favourite collaborator Věra Líznerová. It was transformed into Hra o královnu (Playing for Queen) in 1980. The story builds on a triangle of three noble adversaries in love and politics: Záviš, Kunigunda and King Ottokar II of Bohemia, whom the queen, originally a Hungarian princess, was made to marry for political reasons. A veteran in the director’s chair at 77, Steklý wagered the success of the film on comic hyperbole and attractive casting: the female lead went to Hana Maciuchová, Záviš was played by Radoslav Brzobohatý and František Němec starred as the Přemyslid king, Ottokar II.

Synopsis

During a first passing meeting of Kunhuta the Hungarian princess, and Záviš of Falkenštejn something clicked between both young people. But to due political reasons Kunhuta has to marry the Bohemian king Přemysl Otakar II. Both meet again after ten years. The jealous king sends Záviš to exile. In the war conflict between Přemysl and Rudolph of the Hapsburgs, Záviš joins together with a part of the Czech nobility the side of Rudolph. Přemysl is in a difficult situation and so Kunhuta visits Záviš in disguise and she asks him to help Přemysl. But the king refuses his proposals and he is soon defeated on the Moravian field where he also dies. Two soldiers coming back from the battle take care of the wounded Záviš. They bring even Žofie, the queen's companion from Prague, who has loved Záviš a long time. After long negotiations with Otto of Brandenburg, Záviš becomes the highest Bailiff and Kunhuta decides to marry him. But Záviš's enemies don't like it and therefore they plan how to remove him. During the wedding feast Kunhuta gets sick and shortly after that she dies. The tricky bishop accuses Záviš of her murder. The lonely Záviš comes back to the pub, where he spent good time with Žofie and both soldiers. The soldiers play a dice, but they don't accept Záviš anymore as a companion because when he was famous he forgot about them.

Cast

Hana Maciuchová

královna Kunhuta

Radoslav Brzobohatý

Záviš z Falkenštejna

František Němec

Přemysl Otakar II.

Martin Růžek

císař Rudolf I. Habsburský

Josef Vinklář

Milota z Dědic

Monika Hálová

Žofie z Říčan

Miloslav Holub

uherský král Béla IV.

Josef Bláha

biskup Bruno

Jiří Holý

biskup Tobiáš

Karel Šebesta

Žofiin otec, pán z Říčan

Václav Sloup

voják Knapec

Rudolf Jelínek

Heřman z Hohenberku

Vilém Besser

markrabě Otto Braniborský

František Hanus

Budivoj z Krumlova, Závišův otec

Jiří Štěpnička

rytíř Hynek z Dubé

Marie Brožová

abatyše Anežka Přemyslovna

Bořivoj Navrátil

děkan, Kunhutin zpovědník

Věra Tichánková

služka Dorota

Jiří Krampol

český šlechtic Vojíř

Jan Schánilec

Oldřich z Hradce

Adolf Filip

voják Otty Braniborského, pán z Okoře

Radan Rusev

Arpádovec Štěpán, Kunhutin strýc

Miloš Vavruška

Mojžíš

Jindřich Janda

sklepmistr

Vladimír Navrátil

písař Božetěch

Karel Hábl

Pektari

Josef Střecha

sluha Vešek

Alena Karešová

převorka

Jan Kraus

Vítek

Karel Dellapina

pán z Konopiště

Roman Čada

panoš

Karel Hovorka

řezník

Dimitrij Kadrnožka

pán z Kravař

Jiří Kalenský

velitel u Oty

František Kubíček

kupec/pištec

Jaroslav Mařan

Boreš

Pavel Pásek

Jindřich

V. Strcula

Hroznata

Ivana Benešová

tanečnice

Z. Brunclíková

tanečnice

L. Bouřilová

tanečnice

L. Indruchová

tanečnice

V. Landová

tanečnice

Jiřina Lexová

tanečnice

Michaela Prskavcová

tanečnice

Z. Svárovská

tanečnice

Lenka Vosátková

tanečnice

František Michálek

jezdec na koni

Jan Kolenatý

tanečník

Karel Liška

tanečník

Luděk Ludvík

tanečník

Oldřich Martinovič

tanečník

Karel Mašek

tanečník

Rudolf Mošna

tanečník

Vladimír Nečas

tanečník

Bohumír Nekut

tanečník

Ludvík Vidlák

tanečník

Milena Koutná

dvorní dáma

V. Strnadová

dvorní dáma

Milan Procházka

šermíř

Tomáš Svoboda (2)

šermíř

Pavel Vlasák

šermíř

Miloslav Homola

zbrojnoš

Miroslav Jíra

zbrojnoš

Jaroslav Šanda

zbrojnoš

Vladimír Míka

strážný

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Bohumil Kouba

Assistant Director

Tomáš Urban, Věra Vláčilová

Shooting Script

Karel Steklý

Script Editor

Karel Cop

Second Unit Photography

Eduard Kadeřábek

Camera Operator

Václav Zajíček

Production Designer

Věra Líznerová

Set Designer

Bedřich Čermák, Josef Müller, Dana Smržová

Costume Designer

Dimitrij Kadrnožka

Film Editor

Jan Chaloupek

Sound Designer

Jiří Hora

Production Manager

Jiří Zika

Unit Production Manager

Karel Prchal, Vladimír Tišer

Unit Production Manager

Václav Veruněk

Music

Music Composed by

Ladislav Štaidl

Music Conducted by

Ladislav Štaidl (Orchestr Ladislava Štaidla), Milivoj Uzelac (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Hra o královnu

English Title

Playing for Queen

Working Title

Já královna

Copyright

1980

Production Year

1980

Premiere

13.03.1981

Creative Group

Drahoslav Makovička

Technical info

Versions

Czech