A Fairy-Tale about Wandering

horror, fairytale

Typology

feature

Czech title

Pohádka o putování

Runtime

98

Country

Czechoslovakia, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Romania

Copyright

1982

Production year

1982

Premiere

01.11.1983

Language version

Czech

Director

Alexandr Mitta

Screenplay

Alexandr Mitta, Julij Dunskij, Valerij Frid

Summary

This unusual fantasy film by experienced Soviet director Alexandr Mitta was a coproduction in which Czech involvement was negligible. The heroes of Pohádka o putování (A Fairy-Tale about Wandering, 1983), a rather dark story for its time, are the impoverished orphans Marta and Maj. One day, Maj is abducted by Grandfather Frost [in Czech, “Děda Mráz”], who has learned of the boy’s unnatural talent for finding gold and aims to misuse it. Marta (Tatyana Aksyuta) decides to look for her lost sibling and with the help of the wandering inventor Orlando (Andrei Mironov) she makes a long and dangerous journey. It ends with her discovery of a grown-up Maj, transformed beyond recognition… The horror-like story bears little resemblance to a typical fairytale for children. By the end of Pohádka o putování, the young heroes are powerless and suffering from plague but have gained a moral lesson about the baneful power of gold.

Synopsis

Two orphaned siblings – Marta and her younger brother Maj – went carol-singing but received only a poor hamper. In their chilly room, they are surprised by Santa Claus coming in through the chimney. Santa Claus throws the young boy into his sack and disappears with him. It is because Maj has the gift of sensing the presence of gold which makes him sick. His kidnappers, Gordon and Brutus, plan to find a big treasure trove with his help. The desperate Marta vainly wanders through the snowy landscape. When she almost dies in a showdrift, an itinerant doctor and inventor, Orlando, saves her and accompanies her on her travellings. They encounter various adventures and also run into strange people – amongst them knights who are the saviours of the world and who live prosperously on the body of a dragon which they were originally supposed to kill. The pilgrims often get close to the kindappers but the latter always manage to evade them. Orlando has lots of notes about his inventions and discoveries written on the underside of his cloak. The two eventually end up in prison but as soon as they find a staircase leading to the tower, they fly away from its top on a flying device made of the cloak. When Orlando helps the inhabitants of a town smitten by plague, he himself dies of the disease. After many years, Marta discovers a castle and recognizes Maj in the rich and arrogant prince whose upbringing was unfavourably influenced by the kidnappers. Under Marta's influence, Maj realizes the cruelty of his behaviour and he himself tears down the palace acquired for the found treasure. He thus, however, also loses his supernatural powers.

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Cast

Lev Durov

Gorgon

Ksenija Pirjatinskaja

malý Maj

Valerij Storožik

dospělý Maj

Baltybaj Sejtmamutov

Brutus

Carmen Galina

Mor

Marie Rosůlková

hodná babička

Karel Hábl

myslivec

Karel Bělohradský

zbrojnoš/strážný/lovec

Petr Hanus

muž s ohněm

Václav Kotva

zedník

Eugen Jegorov

strážný

Veniamin Smechov

Don Quijote

Alexandr Pjatkov

Vladimir Basov

advokát

Ovidiu Iuliu Moldovan

Miroslav Lahoda

kaskadér

Jiří Kraus

kaskadér

Hana Forejtová

kaskadérka

Octavian Cotescu

Jean Lorin Florescu

Vladimír Dolinskij

Vladimir Kremena

Alexandr Titov

V. Simunin

O. Zavjalova

O. Štoda

B. Džandavletov

A. Panov

D. Alperov

Dubbing

Miroslav Moravec

hlas Orlanda

Jarmila Švehlová

hlas Marty

Jiří Holý

hlas Gordona

Jan Kehar

hlas malého Maje

Michal Pavlata

hlas dospělého Maje

Jan Schánilec

hlas Bruta

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

M. Koldobskaja, Ljubov Ferdinandova, N. Esadze, Aurel Miheles, Milan Vácha

Assistant Director

Otmar Průša

Second Unit Photography

Nonna Fudim

Production Designer

Teodor Těžik, Aleš Voleman, V. Pticyn, M. Moldovan

Set Designer

Jiří Forst, Milan Šilha

Make-Up Artist

M. Jermakova

Sound Designer

Jurij Rabinovič

Special Effects

V. Vasiljev, Jurij Sobolkov, Vitalij Stalnoj, Jiří Rumler, Milan Nejedlý

Production Manager

Alexandra Děmidova, Georgeta Vîlcu, Jaroslav Řeřicha

Unit Production Manager

Ivan Helcl, Milana Melcerová

Unit Production Manager

Jan Bílek

Cooperation

Nicolae Dide, Eva Marková, Jaroslav Řeřicha

Dialogues of Czech version

K. M. Walló

Direction of Czech version

K. M. Walló

Music

Music Composed by

Alfred Šnitke

Music Performed by

Státní symfonický orchestr kinematografie SSSR

Music Conducted by

Mark Ermler (Státní symfonický orchestr kinematografie SSSR)

Songs

Teď je zima, teď je mráz

Songwriter

Alfred Šnitke (Teď je zima, teď je mráz)

Writer of Lyrics

Jurij Michajlov (Teď je zima, teď je mráz), K. M. Walló (Teď je zima, teď je mráz) (český text)

Singer

Taťjana Aksjuta [dab] (Teď je zima, teď je mráz), Jarmila Švehlová (Teď je zima, teď je mráz)

Choreographer

A. Droznin

Production info

Original Title

Pohádka o putování

English Title

A Fairy-Tale about Wandering

Parallel Title

Skazka stranstvij / Povestea calatoriilor

Copyright

1982

Production Year

1982

Premiere

01.11.1983

Creative Group

Stanislav Rudolf

Technical info

Format

Betacam

Versions

Czech