Jan Roháč of Dubá

Vladimír Borský, 1946



The demand for historical themes with a patriotic tint influenced the making of this historical drama directed in 1947 by Vladimír Borský. Just as was later the case with the Hussite trilogy directed by Otakar Vávra (Jan Hus, Jan Žižka, Proti všem [Against Everybody]), the film is based on a novel by Alois Jirásek. The literary work was used – even before the February 1948 communist putsch – as a springboard for the distortion of historical facts to suit Marxist ideology, the promotion of patriotism and Slavic solidarity. The storyline commences after the ill-fated battle of Lipany where the Hussite movement was defeated in 1434 by the more moderate dissenters, leaving commander Jan Roháč z Dubé alone in his continued armed resistance against the accession of Roman Emperor Sigismund of Luxembourg to the Bohemian throne. Despite the hero failing in his last stand, his struggle is not fought in vain… Being the first Czechoslovak film shot in colour, the motion picture is also remarkable for its exquisitely staged action and sculpted performances from the actors, with Otomar Korbelář in the lead.
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About a film

film_production_year 1946
film_countries Czechoslovakia
film_genres drama, historical, war
film_form feature
film_duration 102 min
film_director Vladimír Borský
film_cast Otomar Korbelář, Ladislav Boháč, Felix le Breux, Otto Čermák, Emil Bolek
film_director_of_photography Jan Stallich
film_screenplay Vladimír Borský, Otakar Růžička, Sonja Špálová
film_film_editor Jan Kohout
film_production_designer Jan Zázvorka
film_art_director Zdeněk Burian, Miloslav Dvořák, František Pavlík
film_music_composed_by Otakar Jeremiáš
film_sound_designer Emanuel Formánek