The Mother's Day 1945

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1945

Production year

1945

Runtime

26 min

Director

K. M. Walló

Category

film

Genre

drama, war

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionshort

Original title

Svátek matek 1945

Czech title

Svátek matek 1945

English title

The Mother's Day 1945

Working title

Svátek matek / Den matek

Synopsis

On Mother's Day, May 1945, an uprising against the German invaders broke out in Prague. The young husband has just enough time to congratulate his wife Miluška, who just had a baby, get armed and take his position at the barricades. German soldiers break into the apartment where his wife is alone with the baby. One of them likes the woman and she is saved from his rude advances only by the fact that all the people from the building are driven into the basement. Her little daughter's milk bottle breaks and Miluška is upset. A fire breaks out in the house, the Red Cross intervenes and the Germans are forced to let the women leave the basement. A German soldier throws a hand grenade after the young woman and she falls on the swaddling clothes together with her child. The child shows no signs of life. But inside the shelter a nurse takes care of the mother and realizes the child is alive. Miluška's joy joins the overwhelming feeling of happiness spreading among the people who have just discovered that Prague has been liberated.

Note

The film was created on the initiative of and in cooperation with the staff of Prague film studios in Radlice. It was released in distribution together with the short film Little History (1945, directed by Bořivoj Zeman) and the British medium length title Before the Raid (1944; directed by Jiří Weiss) under the joint title Occupation Trilogy.

Cast

Dagmar Matějovská

matka Miluška

Emil Konečný

barikádník Jenda, Miluščin manžel

Hedvika Matějovská

Hedvika, Miluščina a Jendova dcera

Vladimír Hlavatý

barikádník Franta Novák, Jendův kamarád

Zdeněk Šavrda

příslušník SS

Bohuš Záhorský

lékař Červeného kříže

Vlasta Fáberová

mladá žena z domu

Blanka Blahníková

ošetřovatelka

Eva Šmeralová

ošetřovatelka

Pavla Machníková

žena z domu

Anna Prchalová

žena z domu

Ludmila Svobodová

žena z domu

Karolína Vávrová

stará žena z domu

Josef Pehr

mladý muž z domu

Bolek Prchal

muž s fajfkou z domu

Jiří Pravda

příslušník SS

K. I. Kukušin

rudoarmějec

děti z dětského útulku Charita

děti v útulku

Crew and creators

Director

K. M. Walló

Continuity

Jindra Čermáková

Screenplay

K. M. Walló

Director of Photography

Bohumil Vích, Bohumil Paris

Production Designer

Miroslav Pelc

Set Designer

Ina Žáková, František Zajíček

Production Manager

Miloš Schmiedberger

Unit Production Manager

Béďa Pražský

Unit Production Manager

Otakar Urban, J. Wehlgemutt

Consultant

pplk. Alexander Jäkl (technický poradce)

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Sternwald

Selected Music

Josef Suk (V nový život – pochod)

Production info

Original Title

Svátek matek 1945

Czech Title

Svátek matek 1945

English Title

The Mother's Day 1945

Working Title

Svátek matek / Den matek

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama, war

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1945

Production Year

1945

Production specifications

start of filming 6 August 1945 (ateliéry)
projection approval 10/1945 (neschváleno do distribuce)
end of filming 25 October 1945 (ateliéry)
projection approval 7 March 1946 (konec povolení k promítání 7. 3. 1951)
projection approval 12/1950 (neschváleno do distribuce)

Premiere

premiere 3 May 1946 /suitable for youths/ (kino Moskva /1 týden/, Praha)

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Radlice

Creative Group

Pracovní skupina Františka Papouška, František Papoušek (šéf pracovní skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

short film

Duration in minutes

26 min

Original length in metres

745 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech, English, German, Russian

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech