King’s Blunder

Oldřich Daněk, 1968

Film at Filmový přehled


This 1968 film is an adaptation of the second part of the 1967 novel Král utíká z boje (The King Runs from a Fight) by experienced dramatist Oldřich Daněk. Written and directed by Daněk, the historical drama takes the complicated story found in his novel (itself the third part of a loose trilogy of novels) and spotlights the tale of royal vice-chamberlain Jindřich of Lipá, who in 1315 was wrongly imprisoned after being tried on trumped-up charges of treachery. Not even Queen Eliška Rejčka (Elizabeth Richeza of Poland) can convince the Czech aristocrat to admit his guilt. Like many of Daněk’s written works, Královský omyl (The King’s Blunder) goes far beyond a mere historical evocation. It also presents a wider parable reflective of the political climate in which it was made. The main role in this engrossing tale of a man refusing to buckle under pressure is performed by charismatic actor Miroslav Macháček. Jana Hlaváčová plays his female adversary.
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About a film

Production year 1968
Countries Czechoslovakia
Categories film
Genres historical
Form feature
Duration 81 min
Director Oldřich Daněk
Cast Miroslav Macháček, Luděk Munzar, Martin Růžek, Jana Hlaváčová, Vlastimil Harapes
Director of photography Václav Hanuš
Screenplay Oldřich Daněk
Editor Josef Dobřichovský
Production designer Jindřich Goetz
Music Jan F. Fischer
Sound designer František Fabián