Oil Lamps

The suggestive film drama Oil Lamps was directed by Juraj Herz and is based on the novel of the same name by Jaroslav Havlíček.

Petrolejové lampy
Czechoslovakia 1971
100 min.

The tragic story of an ageing girl Štěpa, living at the turn of the century in the stifling environment of a small Czech town, in an atmosphere of misunderstanding and feigned feelings, pretence and deceit. Štěpa's mother is constantly pushing her to marry other suitors, who of course must come from the same circle as her. But Štěpa is different from the other girls. As if struck by the spirit of emancipation, she earns a reputation as a girl of loose morals, and this naturally discourages suitors from the ranks of the town royalty. Before she becomes a spinster, she marries her cousin, a bankrupt officer. But on the day of the wedding, she has no idea of the terrible disease that is haunting her groom.

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Director: Juraj Herz
Based on: Jaroslav Havlíček
Screenplay: Václav Šašek, Lubor Dohnal, Juraj Herz
Cinematography: Dodo Šimončič
Music: Luboš Fišer
Sound: František Černý
Editing: Jaromír Janáček
Production Design: Zbyněk Hloch
Producer: Karel Kochman
Costumes: Irena Greifová
Cast: Iva Janžurová, Petr Čepek, Marie Rosůlková, Ota Sklenčka, Vladimír Jedenáctík