They Live Among Us

crime, educational

Typology

feature

Czech title

Žijí mezi námi

Runtime

19

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1948

Production year

1948

Language version

Czech

Director

Miloš Makovec

Synopsis

Engineer Jan Taraba is arrested for the murder of an unknown man whose head he crushed with a bottle in a wine bar. Inspector Šimek, who examines Taraba, tries to find the motive for the act, especially because the culprit was sober when committing the crime and is moveover unaware of the victim's identity. In his testimony, the unfortunate culprit Taraba recalls the tragic event of three weeks ago. Coming back home at night with his wife, they both notice a drunk man unable to pick up his car keys from the ground. Mr Taraba hands the keys to him. The man starts his car up and sets off like a shot. Drunk, he drives the wrong way, hits Mrs Tarabová on the pavement and drives off. The young woman dies in the hospital. The examination fails since the shocked Taraba cannot recall neither the type of car nor the man's appearance. In despair, he begans to frequent night bars and wastes his time, watching the boozers and hang-abouts with reluctance. One night, however, this helps him to discover the drunk who removes not only some banknotes but also car-keys from his pocket. Taraba recognizes the keys. The murderer of his wife moreover keeps muttering about the need to enjoy life at any costs. Taraba fails to control himself and revenges his wife's death. He is ready to receive his punishment. But it is also important to punish those alcohol-addicts who harm others.

Cast

Jiří Pravda

ing. Jan Taraba

Luba Skořepová

Marie, Tarabova žena

Bohuš Záhorský

inspektor dr. Šimek

František Vnouček

neznámý muž

František Holar

vyšetřovatel

Rudolf Široký

štábní

Jarka Pižla

host vinárny

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Zbyněk Brynych

Screenstory

Miloš Makovec

Screenplay

Miloš Makovec

Camera Operator

Jan Čuřík, Vratislav Matina

Production Designer

Rudolf Lukeš

Sound Designer

Josef Vlček

Production Manager

Vojtěch Červený

Music

Music Composed by

Jan Rychlík

Production info

Original Title

Žijí mezi námi

English Title

They Live Among Us

Copyright

1948

Production Year

1948

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Technical info

Versions

Czech