František Čáp, 1940

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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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Production year 1940
Countries Czechoslovakia
Categories film
Genres poetic
Form feature
Duration 97 min
Director František Čáp
Cast Terezie Brzková, Světla Svozilová, Karel Třešňák, Nataša Tanská, Jiří Papež, Jiří Krchňavý
Director of photography Karel Degl
Screenplay František Čáp, Karel Hašler, Václav Wasserman
Editor Antonín Zelenka
Production designer Ferdinand Fiala, Jiří Dušek
Music Jiří Fiala
Sound designer František Šindelář