Princess with the Golden Star

Martin Frič, 1959



Based on a folk tale, later retold by children’s author Božena Němcová, and then adapted for the theatre by K. M. Walló. In 1959, the story also found its way to the big screen courtesy of director Martin Frič – and would go on to become one of the most beloved of all the Czechoslovak film fairytales. The title heroine, played by Marie Kyselková, is a bold young woman, who rejects marriage to King Kazisvět (“World wrecker”). Instead, she flees from the castle of her timid father. Princess Lada masks both her beauty and the gold star on her forehead by wearing a hood made of shabby mouse fur, and finds a job as a cook at the palace of a neighbouring monarch – the wise Prince Radovan (played by singer and occasional actor Josef Zíma). Ultimately, the prince finds his true love in the form of this wayward kitchen helper. The power-hungry Kazisvět is played by Martin Růžek, and in line with the ideology of the times, he portrays a prototypical German usurper-occupier, who is ultimately cast out of Lada’s land by ordinary folk.
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About a film

film_production_year 1959
film_countries Czechoslovakia
film_genres fairytale
film_form feature
film_duration 77 min
film_director Martin Frič
film_cast František Smolík, Martin Růžek, Marie Kyselková, Josef Zíma, Jarmila Kurandová, Stanislav Neumann
film_director_of_photography Jan Roth
film_screenplay K. M. Walló, Martin Frič
film_film_editor Jan Kohout
film_production_designer Bohuslav Kulič
film_music_composed_by Bohuslav Sedláček
film_sound_designer Emanuel Formánek