František Čáp, 1940



This 1940 adaptation of a novel by Božena Němcová was perceived as a manifestation of the patriotic spirit by audiences in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. Seasoned director František Čáp employed his skill to tell the story of an old woman leading a simple life who finds a new home in Staré bělidlo after joining her daughter Terezka Prošková’s household. She quickly endears herself to everyone in her midst with her intrinsic wisdom and affectionate yet prudent disposition. The old woman’s granddaughter Barunka (Nataša Tanská) is the one most affected by her wisdom... The stylish narrative by Čáp is supported by the love stories, happy or otherwise, of village girl Viktorka (Jiřina Štěpničková), publican’s daughter Kristla and Miss Hortensie, foster daughter of the local landlady, Princess Zaháňská. The film also provides poignant views of the Bohemian countryside, captured by Karel Degl’s camera work. The title role in Babička was a first major film role for Terezie Brzková, 65 at the time. She only went into film after retiring from the stage, but continued right up until 1959.
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About a film

film_production_year 1940
film_countries Czechoslovakia
film_genres poetic
film_form feature
film_duration 97 min
film_director František Čáp
film_cast Terezie Brzková, Světla Svozilová, Karel Třešňák, Nataša Tanská, Jiří Papež, Jiří Krchňavý
film_director_of_photography Karel Degl
film_screenplay František Čáp, Karel Hašler, Václav Wasserman
film_film_editor Antonín Zelenka
film_production_designer Ferdinand Fiala, Jiří Dušek
film_music_composed_by Jiří Fiala
film_sound_designer František Šindelář