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The May Fairy

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The May Fairy
Jiri Voskovec 1926 Pohadka maje.jpg
George Voskovec and Božena Svobodová
CzechPohádka máje
Directed byKarl Anton
Written byVáclav Wasserman
Based onPohádka máje
by Vilém Mrštík
StarringFerdinand Kaňkovský
Anna Opplová
CinematographyVáclav Vích
Distributed byJulius Schmitt
Release date
  • 25 December 1926 (1926-12-25)
Running time
115 minutes
Czech intertitles

The May Fairy (Czech: Pohádka máje) is a 1926 Czech silent romance film directed by Karl Anton based on a Vilém Mrštík's novel. It is credited with helping to introduce the tradition of lyricism in Czech cinema.[1] It was shot in several locations including Prague and Vienna. Another adaptation of the novel was made in 1940 by Otakar Vávra.


  • Ferdinand Kaňkovský as Forester
  • Anna Opplová as Forester's Wife
  • Anita Janová as Helenka
  • Jarmila Horáková as Gusta
  • Berta Reifová as Albína
  • George Voskovec as Ríša
  • Ludvík Veverka as Ríša's Friend
  • Antonín Marek as Priest
  • Betty Kysilková as Priest's Housekeeper
  • Božena Svobodová as Ríša's Landlady
  • Mary Jansová as Waiter
  • Marie Počepická as Marta
  • František Fišer as Jenyš
  • Saša Dobrovolná as Jenyš's Mother
  • Jindřich Lhoták as Nikolaus von Rittenburg
  • Jan Richter as Policeman
  • Ladislav H. Struna as Pimp
  • Helena Zmatlíková as Helenka


The film was reconstructed in 2005 and re-released in cinemas with live music by Neuvěřitelno.[2]


  1. ^ Bock, Hans-Michael; Bergfelder, Tim (2009). The Concise CineGraph. Encyclopedia of German Cinema. Berghahn Books. p. 15. ISBN 1571816550. JSTOR j.ctt1x76dm6.
  2. ^ "Pohádka máje". Filmový přehled (in Czech). NFA. Retrieved 24 February 2020.

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