Krabat – The Sorcerer's Apprentice

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The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Krabat dvd.jpg
Japanese DVD cover
Directed by Karel Zeman
Produced by Karel Hutěčka
Screenplay by Karel Zeman
Based on Krabat 
by Otfried Preußler
Starring Jaroslav Moučka
Narrated by Luděk Munzar
Music by Frantíšek Belfin
Cinematography Bohuslav Pikhart
Zdeněk Krupa
Edited by Ivan Matouš
Distributed by Ústřední půjčovna filmů[1]
Release dates Czechoslovakia:
1 March 1978
West Germany:
24 March 1978
Running time 73 minutes
Country Czechoslovakia
West Germany
Language Czech

Krabat – The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Czech: Čarodějův učeň) is a 1978 Czechoslovak cutout animated dark fantasy film directed by Karel Zeman, based on the 1971 book Krabat by Otfried Preußler, and the Sorbian folk tale upon which the book is based. The name Krabat is derived from the word Croat.[2]

Plot[edit]

Krabat, a beggar boy in early 18th century Lusatia, is lured to become an apprentice to an evil, one-eyed sorcerer. Together with a number of other boys, he works at the sorcerer's mill under slave-like conditions while learning black magic, such as guising himself as a raven and other animals. Every Christmas one of the boys has to face the master in a magical duel of life and death, where the boy never stands a chance because the master is the only person who is allowed to use his secret grimoire: The Koraktor, or the Force of Hell.

One Easter while performing an annual ritual near a small village, Krabat meets a girl and falls in love, but has to keep the romance secret in order to protect her. After witnessing his friends one after one being helplessly slaughtered by the master every Christmas, Krabat starts to sneak up at night to study the forbidden book. On the last page of the book, Krabat finds a phrase saying: "Love is stronger than any spell." This is used when he ultimately has to defeat his master for the sake of love.

Voice cast[edit]

Role Czech version German version
Krabat / Narrator Luděk Munzar Christian Brückner
Master Jaroslav Moučka Friedrich Schütter

References[edit]

  1. ^ Opening credits of the original Czech version of the film in question.
  2. ^ Entry on Česko-Slovenská filmová databáze (in Czech)

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