The Third Prince

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1982

Production year

1982

Premiere

1 July 1983

Runtime

84 min

Category

film

Genre

fairytale

Typology

featurelong

Original title

Třetí princ

Czech title

Třetí princ

English title

The Third Prince

Summary

The fairytales of Božena Němcová have seemingly inspired filmmakers on countless occasions. It was her romanticised version of classic folk tale The Two Brothers that proved inspirational for screenwriter Ota Hofman, even though he was more of a maker of modern stories based on his own screenplays (first and foremost they were tales about the near-silent gentleman with a magical bowler hat, Pan Tau, or “Mr Tau”, the star of a 1970s Czechoslovak children’s television series). Besides writing the screenplays for Malá mořská víla (Little Mermaid, 1976), directed by Karel Kachyňa, and Panna a Netvor (The Virgin and the Monster, 1978) which had Juraj Herz in the director’s chair, Hofman scripted Třetí princ (1982). For its director, Antonín Moskalyk, this encounter with the fairytale genre was rather unusual. In this sphere, he only had a television adaptation of the theatrical play Kráska a Zvíře (Beauty and the Beast, 1971) on his resumé. Třetí princ (The Third Prince) is a narrative film in which the hero, Prince Jaroslav, sets out into the big wide world to find his lost brothers: his older brother Jindřich and twin brother Jaromír. Both siblings had fallen in love with the portrait of a mysterious beauty. In searching for this unknown princess, they had become hopelessly lost. Jaroslav discovers that Princess Milena and her identical twin sister have cursed his brothers. He is set three tasks that he must overcome to save them and ensure their marriage to the beautiful twins... Starring in the female dual role is that most popular interpreter of storybook beauties, Libuše Šafránková. She had appeared in Malá mořská víla, an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale The Little Mermaid. The motion picture also featured her sister, Miroslava, in the lead role. Libuše Šafránková had also performed in the fairytale Sůl nad zlato (Salt and Gold, 1982) as the humble daughter of the king, Maruška, and in the narrated fairytale Princ a Večernice (The Prince and the Evening Star, 1978), in which she played the female title role. In Třetí princ, the twins Jaromír and Jaroslav are played by the popular Pavel Trávníček, who had already starred alongside Šafránková in the fairytale picture Tři oříšky pro Popelku (Three Nuts for Cinderella, 1973). The part of Jindřich is performed by Jiří Bartoška.

Synopsis

Prince Jindřich, the only son of a king from the Lion Land, set out into the wide world and never returned. Many years later, the sad queen is captivated by a little girl from an itinerant conjurers' ensemble. The girl pays the queen back for a ring with some advice according to which the fishermen will catch only one fish. The cooked meat shall be eaten by the queen, the broth shall be drunk by a mare, the fish's head shall be given to a dog and the fishbones shall be buried in a garden. The queen then indeed delivers twins - Jaroslav and Jaromír - in a year. The mare has two foals, the dog has two whelps and two swords grow from the ground. The princes mature seven times faster than usual. The king takes care of their training in both horse riding and fighting. The boys are very close to each other and, apart from strength and valour, receive an excellent upbringing from their loving parents. They notice that if one of them is in danger, the swords always show it by starting to rust. The portraits of princesses from which the princes should pick their brides, also include one which is there by mistake. It is a painting of the beauty who had made Jindřich leave. Jaromír falls in love with her, too. The king, however, allows only one son to leave and the lot determines Jaromír. After a long ride, the prince arrives at some rocks where he meets the beauty from the painting. It is princess Milena who invites him to her dilapidated château in the Land of Diamond Rocks. There are piles of coloured precious stones in the château chambers, but they bring no luck to the princess. Her serfs keep on only searching for treasures instead of bringing prosperity to the land. Jaromír must fulfill three tasks in order to receive the princess's hand. When he has to look after a herd of sheep, he is mesmerized by a precious stone lying on the ground and the princess on the rocks, Milena's sister who is her spitting image and who puts a spell on him, turning him into a rock. Jaroslav can see from the rust on one of the swords that his brother is in trouble, and sets off to help him. He follows a merchant's advice and has his horse specially shoed for the rocks. He then not only manages to look after the sheep and horses but also wins a race with the cursed princess from the rocks. He forces the inhabitants to cultivate the land and liberates his two brothers from the spell. Jindřich marries the princess from the rocks and Jaromír marries Milena. Jaroslav prefers to entertain himself with village girls.

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Cast

Libuše Šafránková

princezna Milena/princezna ze skal

Pavel Trávníček

princ Jaromír/princ Jaroslav

Luděk Munzar

král Země lva

Jana Hlaváčová

královna Země lva

Jiří Bartoška

princ Jindřich

Ota Sklenčka

starý sluha

Zora Jandová

Týna, vnučka starého sluhy

Tereza Munzarová

dívka v kupcově průvodu

Leoš Rousek

princové jako čtrnáctiletí

Lucie Bártová

malá komediantka

Petr Hanuš

princ na koni

Jan Doubrava

muž z poselstva

Vlastimil Jílek

učitel tance

Jan Laibl

komorník

Ilona Přívětivá

dubl za Libuši Šafránkovou - jízda na koni

Cyril Neumann

dubl za Pavla Trávníčka - jízda na koni

Ilona Šťastná

dubl za Pavla Trávníčka - jízda na koni

Dubbing

Libuše Šafránková

hlas komediantky

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Vladimír Zelenka

Assistant Director

Vít Horálek, Eva Kubesová

Screenstory

Ota Hofman

Based on

Karel Jaromír Erben (O dvou bratřích – pohádka)

Commentary by

Miroslav Moravec

Second Unit Photography

Pavel Dosoudil

Camera Operator

Jiří Zavřel

Production Designer

Milan Nejedlý

Set Designer

Jiří Matějka, Eva Slívová

Costume Designer

Libuše Pražáková

Film Editor

Zdeněk Stehlík

Sound Designer

Karel Jaroš

Production Manager

Václav Rouha

Unit Production Manager

Václav Petr, Zdeňka Černá, Václav Dobeš

Unit Production Manager

Jana Hauserová

Cooperation

Jiří Matějka, Yvetta Kornová, Boris Moravec ml., Miroslav Jirsa

Music

Music Composed by

Ivan Kurz

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Třetí princ

English Title

The Third Prince

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

fairytale

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1982

Production Year

1982

Premiere

1 July 1983

Creative Group

Stanislav Rudolf

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

84 min

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 6. mezinárodní filmový festival Quito

1984
Quito / Ecuador

Vítěz

Event: 13. ročník čtenářské ankety týdeníku Květy ve spolupráci s Československou televizí a Ústřední půjčovnou filmů

1984
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Jiří Bartoška

Vítěz

Festival: 23. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1983
Zlín / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 23. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1983
Zlín / Czechoslovakia