To the Knowledge of Your Beloved

melodrama, narrative

Typology

feature

Czech title

Oznamuje se láskám vašim

Runtime

90

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1988

Production year

1988

Premiere

01.02.1989

Language version

Czech

Director

Karel Kachyňa

Screenplay

Karel Kachyňa, Dušan Hamšík

Summary

The human feelings which can arise between two young people of different backgrounds, in spite of all logic and sense for self-preservation, inspired writer Karel Zídek to pen the novel Oznamuje se láskám vašim (To the Knowledge of Your Beloved). Noted director Karel Kachyňa then adapted this work into a screenplay, before filming the romantic drama in 1988. Set in the autumn of 1944, young Czech sailor Karel Svorník serves as the modern-day Romeo in this story. Juliet, meanwhile, comes by way of the enchanting Ulrika from Dresden, a member of the Hitler Youth. Unlike the Shakespearean patriarch Capulet, Ulrika’s father is the commander of a Nazi concentration camp. Given the impending end of the war, the star-crossed couple opts for marriage. Alas, their love, borne of dark times, can only end in tragedy in the subsequent era of peace. Lukáš Vaculík and Markéta Hrubešová take the lead roles in this stylish romantic drama.

Synopsis

It is the autumn of 1944. Two friends – Karel Svorník called Kája and Bohouš Kotera – work on an Elbe tugboat, berthed near Dresden. Time goes easily and carelessly; most of their attention is paid to girls and women. They write a journal about their stay on the boat and they also build a collection of suspenders. One day, they get a chance to earn lots of money smuggling tobacco, and the two young men seize the opportunity. Kája meets a young and pretty Hitlerjugend master and arranges a date with her. After the date, he invites her over to the boat. Ulrika, as is the girl's name, indeed arrives to his surprise. Kája, however, gets rid of her after a night of love and records her details in the journal. But Ulrika comes round again in the evening and tries to explain that she is not a Nazi. Then she visits Kája regularly and the two soon fall in love with each other. Kája attends the wedding of Ulrika's friend as a guest and while there, he tells her the words by which it is announced in Czech churches that a couple is going to get married: "To the knowledge of your beloved…" Kája, however, learns from the old ferryman Würdisch that Ulrika's father is the head of a concentration camp and her fiancé is captain Krause. This makes Kája break up with Ulrika. But he cannot forget about the girl and decides to take action – he asks for her hand in marriage. Ulrika's father who knows that the end of the Third Reich is close, agrees to the wedding, but only if it takes place after the war. The two lovers can now correspond. Bohouš delivers tobacco to Prague. He dies when he jumps out of a train when trying to escape from the customs officers. Kája spends one more evening with Ulrika before his departure for the Christmas holidays. But he falls into some water on the way to the train station and gets home with severe pneumonia. As soon as he partially recovers, he finds out that his parents had kept Ulrika's letters secret from him, and sets off to Dresden. But he does not find the girl again; most probably, she died in a blitz. Her parents' house is in ruins. The desperate Kája inscribes on the damaged tugboat: "To the knowledge of your beloved, I am here again and I am waiting.”

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Cast

Lukáš Vaculík

lodník Karel Svorník

Markéta Hrubešová

Ulrika von Polchow

Antonín Procházka

Bohouš Kotera, Karlův kolega

Zdeněk Martínek

starý převozník Würdisch

Miroslav Moravec

Karlův otec

Bohumila Dolejšová

Karlova matka

Karel Šebesta

komisař gestapa

Ladislav Lakomý

plukovník von Polchow, otec Ulriky

Jiřina Jelenská

domovnice Siebertová

Anna Kreuzmannová

babička Ulriky

Jiří Holý

inspektor Khol

Jan Teplý

inspektor zvaný Mecenáš

David Vejražka

asistent komisaře

Pavel Nový

Balatý

Václav Vydra

kapitán Krause, Ulričin snoubenec

Zdeněk Blažek

lékař na gestapu

Šárka Štembergová

starší žena

Eduard Pavlíček

cestující

Otomar Krejča ml.

písař na gestapu Hans

Jiří Kosek

Rudi

Jiří Patočka

starý lodník

Peter Jahoda

lodník

Otakar Dadák

sedlák, uprchlík ze Sedmihradska

Regina Zahradníková

nevěsta Gerda

Martin Velda

ženich

Alex Jandouš

příslušník schupo /bezpečnostní policie/

Jan Víšek

příslušník schupo /bezpečnostní policie/

Miroslav Grác

udavač

Eva Trunečková

biletářka

Milan Charvát

průvodčí v rychlíku

Igor Smržík

policista

Ludvík Pozník

policista

Vít Pešina

chlapík

Silvie Tikovská

dívka

J. Kutková

hostinská

J. Nedvědová

ošetřovatelka

Karel Smrž

harmonikář

Jiří Langmajer

Ulričin bratr Hubert na fotografii

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Zeno Dostál

Assistant Director

Ivan Bareš, Irena Krestová, Stanislav Rovný

Based on

Karel Zídek (Oznamuje se láskám vašim – kniha)

Shooting Script

Karel Kachyňa

Second Unit Photography

Karel Hejsek

Camera Operator

Václav Zajíček

Production Designer

Karel Lier

Set Designer

Lubomír Kafka, Vladimír Kvěch, Karel Šebo, Josef Večerek, Miloslav Dvořák

Costume Designer

Irena Greifová

Film Editor

Jiří Brožek

Sound Designer

Pavel Jelínek

Special Effects

Trikový ateliér FSB

Production Manager

Viktor Schwarcz

Unit Production Manager

Olga Zelenská, Antonín Pražský

Unit Production Manager

Martina Petrů, Gabriela Kerekešová

Consultant

Jiří Rubánko

Music

Music Composed by

Milan Svoboda

Selected Music

Johann Strauss ml. (Netopýr /Die Fledermaus/)

Music Performed by

FISYO, Kvartet Milana Svobody

Music Conducted by

Milan Svoboda (Kvartet Milana Svobody)

Songs

La Paloma, Já v srdci lásku mám, Alte Kameraden, Netopýr /Die Fledermaus/

Songwriter

Sebastian de Yradier (La Paloma), Carl Teike (Alte Kameraden), Johann Strauss ml. (Netopýr /Die Fledermaus/)

Writer of Lyrics

Helmut Käutner (La Paloma), Pavel Kopta (Já v srdci lásku mám), Karl Haffner (Netopýr /Die Fledermaus/), Richard Genée (Netopýr /Die Fledermaus/)

Singer

Markéta Hrubešová (Já v srdci lásku mám), ženský hlas (Netopýr /Die Fledermaus/), mužský hlas (Netopýr /Die Fledermaus/)

Production info

Original Title

Oznamuje se láskám vašim

English Title

To the Knowledge of Your Beloved

Copyright

1988

Production Year

1988

Premiere

01.02.1989

Creative Group

Jiří Blažek

Technical info

Format

Betacam, DVD

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 3. filmový festival mladých Velké Poříčí u Hronova

1989
Velké Poříčí u Hronova / Czechoslovakia
Markéta Hrubešová

Vítěz

Festival: 3. filmový festival mladých Velké Poříčí u Hronova

1989
Velké Poříčí u Hronova / Czechoslovakia