František Filip, who filmed the popular Cottagers, was behind the creation of this series, and although he always tried to work on unproblematic topics to avoid the ravages of censorship, in this case it was a little different.
It was 1970, normalization was gaining strength, and it was Alois Jirásek’s historical novel that could indirectly encourage a nation that was slowly losing awareness of its patriotism.
It was clear to director Filip that the series would not excite people much if it only stuck to the literary template, so together with Otta Zelenka, they created a story full of humanity and timeless stories. He was in the center revivalist František Ladislav Hek.
Thirteen part series hit the audience’s taste, who liked allusions, allusions, quips and similes. A two-century-old story was suddenly close to them and they understood it. It was certainly a great cast. The series will forever remain mainly associated with the character Radoslav Brzobohatý, who didn’t even want to accept the role. In the end, he understood that the story was not only about a patriot from the time of Alois Jirásek, and it was precisely because of the very message of the series that he finally accepted the role. The film starred a number of well-known actors such as Jan Pivec, Jaroslav Marvan, Dana Medřická, Jana Brejchová, Jiřina Bohdalová, Josef KemrKvěta Fialová, Gabriela Vránová, Antonie Hegerlíková, Jiřina Štěpničková and more.
Unfortunately, the powerful message of the series was also understood by the people in power and they did not like the series very much. Why remind the Czechs that they fought for their freedom and that they ruled their country themselves. Twelve episodes were broadcast, the thirteenth was no longer so lucky and the entire work went into the vault for almost 20 years. They actually banned Alois Jirásek!
And this was not the only non-standard thing that this project in which he played 180 actors and 900 extras, she met Actor Jaroslav Vojta, who was supposed to star in the series, died just before filming. And he predicted his death. At the costume rehearsals, he declared that he would not be able to make it to the shoot because he was going to die. No one believed the vital actor. In a fortnight it happened.
During filming you Martin Ružek hit hand Josef Kemr injured his knee and Vlastimil Brodský he had a concussion after a fall.
The only happier event was Jiřina Bohdalová’s wedding and Radoslav Brzobohatý, who said yes in the middle of filming.
It was filmed in Prague, at the chateau in Opočné or in Nové mesto nad Metují.
The series is broadcast on ČT1, for example, on September 4 at 10:55 a.m. or September 8 at 2:30 p.m., and will also be available on iVyszílání.