The Devil's Trap

  • Czech Republic
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Year 1722. The freeborn miller Spálený is a thorn in the side of the regent Valečský. The regent does not like that people respect the miller for his wisdom, goodness and knowledge of nature. Therefore the regent reacts with hatred to the miller's warning against the construction of a new darn at a place that is called "The Sunken Spot". He even tells his guest, Bishop Diettrichstein, that the miller and his family are suspected of witchcraft. A long time ago, Swedish soldiers put the mill on fire but the miller's family escaped as if by a miracle. The bishop sends a fanatic priest, probably a significant Church dignitary, to help the regent. The priest, too, thinks that the miller is detrimental to the reputation of the Church. He therefore searches through the mill, talks both to the miller and his son Jan and tries to convict them. He recruits the gamekeeper Filip, who is fond of Jan's girlfriend Martina. The priest's hatred gets even stronger when the miller succeeds in finding a spring of water during the droughts and the regent's new barn sinks in the course of the village dance. After this accident, the miller disappears. The priest tries to bully the villagers into turning against him, but he fails. Therefore he rides with the regent and Filip to the mill. There, Jan finds a letter in which his father describes the way to the underground. Soon afterwards, the priest, the regent and Filip walk into the underground and set off down the corridor that the father warned Jan against. All three die. Jan and Martina are freed.


  • Original Title
    Ďáblova past
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    František A. Dvořák, Miloš V. Kratochvíl
  • Cast
    Vítězslav Vejražka, Miroslav Macháček, Čestmír Řanda, Vlastimil Hašek, Vít Olmer, Karla Chadimová, František Kovářík, Bedřich Karen, Josef Hlinomaz, Jaroslav Moučka...
  • Cinematography
    Rudolf Milič
  • Editing
    Miroslav Hájek
  • Music
    Zdeněk Liška
  • Runtime
    85 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Czech Republic
  • Format
    • Black & White
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