Dragon Down the Lane

Radim Cvrček, 1982



Markéta Zinnerová’s relationship to Czechoslovak cinema stemmed from her inspirational literary works and screenwriting endeavours. This cheerful fairytale from 1982, directed by Radim Cvrček, is one feature film that hit the silver screen thanks to an adaptation of a Zinnerová story. It is the dragon Mrak who serves as the protagonist. He’s quite frankly not been getting enough to eat, and this has turned him into a jolly nice fellow. The charcoal burner’s daughter Lidka meets Mrak in a forest and befriends him. But the king, and father of Princess Viola, will not let claims of the dragon’s harmlessness reach his ears. Meanwhile, the princess is making her father unhappy by falling in love with the wandering lutenist Marian. And the noble Prince Jan is all eyes for Lidka… Jiří Císler plays the comic role of the fearful king in this harmless fairytale. Ivana Andrlová and Jana Beránková portray Lidka and Princess Viola, respectively. Josef Kemr lent his voice to the dragon, created, one might add, with a range of special effects tied to the technology level then available at Gottwaldov Studio (now Zlín).
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About a film

film_production_year 1982
film_countries Czechoslovakia
film_genres fairytale
film_form feature
film_duration 88 min
film_director Radim Cvrček
film_cast Jiří Císler, Štefan Kvietik, Josef Kemr, Lubomír Kostelka, Ivana Andrlová
film_director_of_photography Karel Kopecký
film_screenplay Markéta Zinnerová
film_film_editor Antonín Štrojsa
film_production_designer Zdeněk Rozkopal
film_music_composed_by Harry Macourek
film_sound_designer Radomír Koutek