Water Nymph

Petr Weigl, 1977

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Petr Weigel showed his multifarious talents as a theatrical, film and television director, and also story editor, on countless occasions. Among his most celebrated works are his mostly television adaptations of famous operas (Rusalka, Faust a Markéta, Marie Stuart, Lady Macbeth z Mcenského újezdu – Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District; Evžen Oněgin – Eugene Onegin, etc.). In 1977, Antonín Dvořák’s opera served as a testament to Weigel’s ability to transpose the theatrical stage format to the silver screen. The film tells the tragic story of a water nymph, whose love for an earthly prince leads her to assume a human form. Rusalka is one of Weigel’s most successful visualisations of a classic opera. It was made as a coproduction with West German production company Bavaria München. As with his dramatisation of the fairytale Radúz a Mahulena (Radúz and Mahulena, 1970), Weigel selected Magda Vášáryová for the lead role (however, her singing voice was dubbed by Gabriela Beňačková).
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About a film

Production year 1977
Countries Czechoslovakia, Federal Republic of Germany
Categories film
Genres opera
Form feature
Duration 119 min
Director Petr Weigl
Cast Magda Vášáryová, Milan Kňažko, Přemysl Kočí, Jaroslava Adamová, Božidara Turzonovová
Director of photography Jiří Kadaňka
Screenplay Petr Weigl
Editor Karel Kohout
Production designer Miloš Červinka
Music Antonín Dvořák
Sound designer Miloslav Hůrka