Vampire Wedding

Country

Czech Republic

Copyright

1993

Production year

1993

Premiere

29 September 1993

Runtime

96 min

Category

film

Genre

comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Svatba upírů

Czech title

Svatba upírů

English title

Vampire Wedding

Summary

At the end of 18th century a young Englishman arrives with his uncle in Mozartean Prague and enjoys adventures with the vampires...

Synopsis

It is the 18th century in Bohemia. A young Englishman, Richard Bancroft, and his uncle Archibald are on their travels throughout Europe and are introduced to Colonel Degendorf and Count Kronberg, the latter being accompanied by the charming and beautiful Olivia. Richard immediately falls in love with her. They all go to Prague. In Prague, Richard receives an invitation to a masked ball, being held at Kronberg's residence. The guests include the homosexual Roman, a caretaker and her wooer singer Alfieri and also Degendorf who searches for his missing son Kristian there. At the ball, Richard is addressed by Olivia who is not against meeting the young man, being away from Kronberg's supervision. Richard loves the girl dearly even though he finds out that she is a vampire. At night, Richard sets off for an inspection of the palace and witnesses Alfieri pouncing on the woman caretaker and bleeding her white. Degendorf discovers the undecayed body of his son in the grave of a Jewish merchant. He does not want his son to continue in his vampire life, and thus shoots him dead with a sacred bullet. The trio of dauntless men – Degendorf, Archibald and physician Hermann – decide to exterminate the vampires. They break into the palace but try in vain to get to the count's grave. They are locked in a cellar by the valet Fridrich. Richard, who was looking for Olivia in the palace, is jailed in the crypt, too. He, however, manages to escape and also helps the three vampire killers. He himself runs away with Olivia who takes him to the decaying château of her family. The courageous threesome squares up with the vampires in the morning. Richard marries Olivia and the three vampire killers arrive at the chapel to attend the wedding ceremony. Uncle Archibald wishes happiness to the newlywed couple and, smiling, reveals his brand new vampire teeth.

Cast

Iveta Bartošová

Voice by Simona Vrbická
upírka hraběnka Olivie

Petr Nárožný

obchodník Archibald, Richardův strýc

Viktor Preiss

upír hrabě Kronberg

Luděk Kopřiva

doktor Hermann

Petr Pelzer

plukovník Heinrich von Degendorf

Nelly Gaierová

upírka stará baronka

Oldřich Vízner

upír operní pěvec Alfieri

Miroslav Táborský

sluha Fridrich

Vladimír Marek

homosexuální upír Roman

Otakar Brousek ml.

upír poručík Kristian von Degendorf, syn plukovníka

Zdeněk Řehoř

potulný mnich

Vladimír Krška

hoteliér U Páva

Zuzana Geislerová

kostnatá upírka

Jan Přeučil

policejní důstojník

Antonín Procházka

kapelník, dirigent a hráč na cembalo

Miroslav Vlček

hoteliér U Golema

Martina Šmuková

služka v hotelu

Jana Hanáčková

dáma na Petříně

Irena Svobodová

korpulentní dáma

Alexandr Voronovský

Hana Fryčerová

Bronislav Bobčík

Jiří Vnouček

Michal Legeza

Věra Eckhartová

Blahoslav Čermák

Markéta Josífková

Vladimír Kratochvíl

Andrea Sousedíková

Luboš Šťastný

Petr Valeš

Jan Kokeš

Julie Dochvatová

Josef Matouš

Jaroslava Čápová

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Dagmar Frantová, Petr Erben

Shooting Script

Jaroslav Soukup

Director of Photography

Vladimír Smutný

Camera Operator

Václav Zajíček, Jiří Pechar (steadicam), Oldřich Eichler (steadicam), Miroslav Vojkůvka (služba u kamery), Radim Štefan (služba u kamery)

Production Designer

Olga Rosenfelderová

Assistent Production Designer

Jan Vlasák

Set Designer

Karel Vaňásek (vedoucí výpravy), Michal Kraus, Milan Kvak, Vladimír Kvěch

Costume Designer

Šárka Hejnová

Assistant Film Editor

Růžena Hejsková, Jana Šimonová

Sound Designer

Jiří Hora

Assistant Sound Designer

Mstislav Pilný

Titles Designed by

Zdeněk Zapletal

Executive Producer

Jaroslav Soukup (výkonný producent JS Film)

Production Manager

Pavel Nový

Unit Production Manager

Miloslav Doležal, Jaroslav Čipera, Lenka Jandová (ekonomka)

Unit Production Manager

Michaela Antošíková, Pavel Bačkovský (pokladník)

Consultant

Jaroslav Tomsa

Cooperation

Edita Kušková (klapka), Jaroslav Betka (vrchní osvětlovač), Karel Kouba (fotograf), Martin Hanuš (koně), Equicentrum (koně), Vladimír Altman, Bořivoj Bodlák, Miloš Hána, Jiří Holma, JUDr. Jiří Horáček, Josef Kuška, Petr Pek, Jan Rážek, Antonín Reichl, Jaroslav Slavíček, Karel Staněk, Josef Tiller, Petr Trtek, Libor Valenta

Music

Music Composed by

Zdeněk Barták

Selected Music

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Kouzelná flétna /árie Tamina/), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Don Giovanni /árie Ottavia/), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Menuet F dur), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Divertimento D dur Allegro), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Serenada č. 7 D dur „Haffnerova“), Joseph Haydn (Menuet trio č. 1 D dur), Joseph Haydn (Menuet Divertimento in C, polonéza), Giuseppe Verdi (Nabucco /sbor židovských otroků/)

Music Performed by

Czech symphonic orchestra (Music Conducted by Mario Klemens), Orchestr opery Divadla Josefa Kajetána Tyla v Plzni (Music Conducted by Josef Chaloupka)

Music Supervisor

Juraj Ďurovič, Ivan Zelenka

Choreographer

Václav Luks (šerm), Jiří Ševčík (2) (dobové tance)

Danced by

členové Studia Bohemia

Songs

Já se vrátím

Song Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Writer of Lyrics Pavel VrbaEduard Pergner
Singer Iveta Bartošová

Kouzelná flétna /árie Tamina/

Song Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Singer Oldřich Vízner [dab]Dalibor Tolaš

Production info

Original Title

Svatba upírů

Czech Title

Svatba upírů

English Title

Vampire Wedding

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czech Republic

Copyright

1993

Production Year

1993

Premiere

premiere 29 September 1993 /suitable for youths/

Distribution slogan

The Vampire comedy with Rudolf Hrušínský the third and Iveta Bartošová. The Czech Vampire comedy.

Production

JS Film, KF Praha (zadavatel), Česká pojišťovna, a. s. (zadavatel), SERVEX Plzeň (zadavatel)

Distribution

KF a.s.

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

96 min

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

colour

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: Festival fantastických filmů Burgos

1994
Burgos / Spain

Nominace

Event: 1. Český lev za rok 1993

1994
Praha / Czech Republic

Vítěz

Festival: 15. festival české filmové komedie Novoměstský hrnec smíchu Nové Město nad Metují

1993
Nové Město nad Metují / Czech Republic
Vladimír Smutný