Summer

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1948

Production year

1948

Premiere

8 April 1949

Runtime

84 min

Director

K. M. Walló

Category

film

Genre

drama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Léto

Czech title

Léto

English title

Summer

Synopsis

Mr and Mrs Perout are spending their summer holidays in the country with Perout's brother. Editor Tomáš Perout is a passionate fisherman, his wife Valča continues her literary work and has disturbing recollections of her admirer from Prague - the poet Jiří Chvojka. Jan Skalník, on holiday in the neighbouring village with his uncle, Father Hora, brings Tomáš his poetry. On this occasion he meets Valča who captivates him with her mature beauty and evokes in him his unconscious desire for love. After meeting Valča he changes and almost takes no notice of his friend Stázka who vainly tries to remind him of their summer spent together the year before. Jiří Chvojka comes to visit the Perouts. The special summer atmosphere affects him to the extent that he declares his love to Valča for the first time. The following day the couple depart during a summer storm leaving Tomáš alone. The unhappy Jan gradually comes to terms with Valča's departure. His feelings, however, have been awakened and he suddenly begins to view Stázka with new eyes and that evening they walk hand in hand in the fragrant meadows. "Summer be praised".

Note

On January 7, 1949, the film was shown in thirty provincial cinemas before its Prague première.

Cast

Jaroslav Mareš

student Jan Skalník

Alena Kreuzmannová

služka Stázka Kabrnová

Jiří Dohnal

redaktor Tomáš Perout

Jiřina Štěpničková

redaktorka Valča, Tomášova žena

Karel Höger

básník dr. Jiří Chvojka

Růžena Nasková

hospodyně Růženka

František Smolík

farář Hora, Janův strýc

Jaroslav Vojta

Kabrna, Stázčin otec

J. O. Martin

hospodář Josef Perout, Tomášův bratr

Božena Půlpánová

Tereza, Josefova žena

Eman Fiala

listonoš

Bolek Prchal

sazeč Bárta

Karel Pavlík

sazeč Zástěra

Emil Bolek

venkovan

Emanuel Hříbal

hospodář Havlas

M. Pilát

venkovan

Crew and creators

Director

K. M. Walló

Assistant Director

Oldřich Holíček

Based on

Fráňa Šrámek (Léto – divadelní hra)

Screenplay

K. M. Walló

Director of Photography

Jan Stallich

Production Designer

Jan Pacák

Set Designer

Josef Calta

Film Editor

Jiří Sobotka

Sound Designer

František Černý

Production Manager

Jaroslav Niklas

Consultant

Josef Fejfar

Music

Music Composed by

Otakar Jeremiáš

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by Otakar Pařík),

Songs

Lásko, bože, lásko

Na Křinecký hrázi

Singer Jaroslav Mareš

Production info

Original Title

Léto

Czech Title

Léto

English Title

Summer

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1948

Production Year

1948

Production specifications

projection approval 23 December 1948 (konec povolení k promítání 23. 12. 1953)

Premiere

preview 7 January 1949 (mimopražská kina)
premiere 8 April 1949

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Barrandov

Creative Group

I. výrobní skupina Borský – Sinnreich, Vladimír Borský (umělecký šéf I. výrobní skupiny), Jan Sinnreich (produkční šéf I. výrobní skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

84 min

Original length in metres

2 390 meters

Distribution carrier

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