Before Graduation

drama

Typology

feature

Czech title

Před maturitou

Runtime

102

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1932

Production year

1932

Premiere

09.09.1932

Language version

Czech

Director

Vladislav Vančura, Svatopluk Innemann

Screenplay

Josef Neuberg

Screenstory

Vladislav Vančura, Julius Schmitt

Synopsis

Pupils are preparing for their school-leaving examinations although they have a far from ideal relationship with their mathematics teacher, Kleč. They have a good relationship, however, with professor Donát. Jan Šimon, a gifted student, is sharing accommodation with Karel Kafka who has difficulties with his maths. Jan has plenty of time for sport and meetings with Minerva pupil Marta, while Karel has to sit long hours over his books. The conflict between the pupils and Kleč comes to a head during a school outing. The latter intends to have Šimon expelled from school. Donát dissuades Šimon from running away. Kafka fails his mathematics exam and is determined to commit suicide using Šimon's revolver. Professor Kleč tries to take the gun off him and is shot in the process. Neither he nor the other pupils testify against him. Kleč, shaken by what has happened, realises as he lies in hospital the mistake he made in his behaviour towards his pupils and he requests that Šimon and Kafka come and visit him. Both pupils have now been expelled from the school but they are able to take their examinations at another school.

Cast

Jindřich Plachta

profesor Kleč

František Smolík

profesor Donát

Antonín Novotný

student Jan Šimon

Miroslav Svoboda

student Karel Kafka

Gustav Hilmar

Kafkův otec

Eliška Pleyová

profesorka Jansová, třídní sexty z Minervy

Věra Gabrielová

sextánka Marta

Zora Myslivečková

sextánka Eva

Bedřich Vrbský

policejní komisař

Bohdan Lachman

ředitel gymnázia

Viktor Nejedlý

profesor

Mirko Eliáš

profesor

Bolek Prchal

profesor

Elmar Klos

student

František Čáp

student žalující na výletě

Ota Kučera

student

Jan Vyskočil (2)

student

Miloš Midloch

student

Jarka Ženatý

student

Vladimír Čech

student Čermák

Josef Picek

student

Anatanas Varnas

student

Zdeněk Zach

student

Irena Novožilová

studentka

Helena Bušová

studentka

Bobina Horká

studentka

Irina Vergunová

studentka

Anna Gabrielová

studentka

Součková

studentka

Václav Menger

školník

J. O. Martin

profesor matematiky na jiném ústavu

Josef Steigl

pacient se zlomenou nohou

František Kovářík

pacient tulák Kopřiva

dr. Nedoma

lékař

Otakar Mrkvička

asistent lékaře

Václav Pecián

zřízenec v nemocnici

Josef Oliak

inspektor Zemské školní rady

Miloš Makovec

sekundán

Gustav Schorsch

sekundán

Eduard Hofman

student

Viktor Nejedlý

katecheta

Vlastimil Borovička

student

Karel Šmíd

student

Krüger

student

Pilný

student

Crew and creators

Music

Music Composed by

E. F. Burian

Songs

Chlupatý kaktus, Chtěl bych být opicí, Lidé chodí po nábřeží a zpátky

Songwriter

E. F. Burian (Chlupatý kaktus), E. F. Burian (Chtěl bych být opicí), E. F. Burian (Lidé chodí po nábřeží a zpátky)

Writer of Lyrics

Josef Gruss (Chlupatý kaktus), E. F. Burian (Chtěl bych být opicí), Vítězslav Nezval (Lidé chodí po nábřeží a zpátky)

Singer

E. F. Burian (Chlupatý kaktus), E. F. Burian (Chtěl bych být opicí), E. F. Burian (Lidé chodí po nábřeží a zpátky)

Production info

Original Title

Před maturitou

English Title

Before Graduation

Copyright

1932

Production Year

1932

Premiere

09.09.1932

Production

AB

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

AB

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Event: Stuhy časopisu Český filmový zpravodaj

1933
Praha / Czechoslovakia
AB