Conscience

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1948

Production year

1948

Premiere

25 March 1949

Runtime

97 min

Category

film

Genre

drama, psychological

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Svědomí

Czech title

Svědomí

English title

Conscience

Synopsis

On a business trip, the insurance official Doležal - uncompromising in his office, a proper husband and father of a twelve year old Jirka and little Alenka - spends the night with a lady official Vlasta from the local branch. In the morning, on his way back, he drives over a little boy by accident and runs away from the scene. A moment of distraction changes Doležal's entire life. He is troubled by conscience and after reading in the papers that the little boy has died he becomes truly desperate. Sunk in his own unhappiness he doesn't notice his son's problems at all. Jirka broke a sculpture at school and didn't confess to it so his entire class has to suffer for his act. Doležal tells his wife about the accident and they confront the fact that truth could be revealed. But after discovering his unfaithfulness, his wife stops trusting him. Jirka, for whom his father was always an idol, also turns away from him after secretly overhearing the truth from his parents' conversation. Despairing boy runs away from home. The next day he gets the courage and turns himself in at school. Influenced by his son's courage, the father also pulls himself together and goes to the police. He is accompanied by the accepting and forgiving Jirka.

Cast

Miloš Nedbal

přednosta pojišťovny Karel Doležal

Marie Vášová

Zdena, Doležalova žena

Jan Prokeš

tercián Jirka, syn Doležalových

Irena Kačírková

sekretářka Vlasta

Bohuš Záhorský

komisař Rudolf Mautner

Vladimír Hlavatý

třídní profesor tercie

Eduard Dubský

úředník pojišťovny Verbl

František Kovářík

ředitel školy

František Šlégr

ředitel pojišťovny

Oldřich Hoblík

továrník Hájek

Michaela Lišková

Alenka, dcera Doležalových

Jindřich Fairaizl

tercián Tonda Mejzr

Bohumil Vild

tercián Vašek Pažout

Ivan Jandl

žák Lojzek

Oldřich Macháček

žák Jaroslav Klimša, oběť nehody

Josef Steigl

hráč karet

Antonín Holzinger

recepční v hotelu

Jarmila Kurandová

žena v davu

Václav Kyzlink

muž v davu

Gustav Schönbach

muž v pojišťovně

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Ladislav Helge

Director of Photography

Rudolf Stahl ml.

Camera Operator

Bohumil Paris

Production Designer

Rudolf Lukeš, Chrudoš Uher

Make-Up Artist

Otakar Košťál

Sound Designer

Dobroslav Šrámek

Production Manager

Ladislav Terš, Rudolf Stahl

Unit Production Manager

Jiří Pokorný

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Šust

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by Otakar Pařík)

Songs

Jaj, Zuzka, Zuzička

Songwriter Josef StelibskýĽudovít Válka

Zajíček v své jamce

Singer Michaela Lišková

Muzika hrála, břinkala

Singer dětský sbor

Beskyde, Beskyde

Singer dětský sbor

Production info

Original Title

Svědomí

Czech Title

Svědomí

English Title

Conscience

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama, psychological

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1948

Production Year

1948

Production specifications

start of filming 3 May 1948
projection approval 16 February 1949 (konec povolení k promítání 16. 2. 1954)

Premiere

premiere 25 March 1949 /unsuitable for youths/ (kino Alfa /6 týdnů/, Praha )

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Barrandov

Creative Group

VI. výrobní skupina Weiss – Kabelík, Vladimír Kabelík (produkční šéf VI. výrobní skupiny), Jiří Weiss (umělecký šéf VI. výrobní skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

97 min

Original length in metres

2 760 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 2. mezinárodní filmový festival Durban

1955
Durban / South Africa