We Want to Live

drama

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Chceme žít

Runtime

80 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1949

Production year

1949

Premiere

29.09.1950

Language version

Czech

Director

E. F. Burian

Synopsis

While visiting her home village, the seamstress Marie becomes close with her friend from childhood, glass blower Josef. Yet, she refuses Josef's offer to marry him, as she knows very well how uncertain life is in the economic crisis of 1933. Soon after that, Josef loses his job, and goes to Prague to see Marie. He looks for her in vain at the given address. He manages to find work on a construction site, where he jumps in to replace a wounded worker. Later, he finds Marie in the hospital, where the girl is recovering after an unsuccessful abortion of their child. Josef takes Marie to his destitute little room. Marie is earning a small income with great difficulty. Josef joins the group of communists on the construction site who organize a strike after the wages are lowered. Josef and other communists are fired but the strike still grows into a big demonstration in which Josef and Marie also participate. The years pass and, in 1949, Josef is marching in the serried ranks of the People's Militia. From the cheering crowd, Marie greets him with a child in her arms.

Note

The film was cut down after two censorship proceedings. All the materials in the National film archive are of the same length.

Cast

Jaroslava Adamová

švadlena Marie Klímová

Gustav Heverle

sklář a zedník Josef Tomeš

Otylie Beníšková

bytná Dittrichová

Růžena Pochová

Božka, dcera Dittrichové

Jiří Sovák

řidič Jindřich

František Vnouček

stavitel Rudolf Müller

Milada Svobodová

Mariina teta

Ludvík Dvorský

policista Nouzar

Jarmila Korbelářová

Nouzarova žena

Zuzana Kočová

dělnice

Ludmila Fraňková

švadlena Jarka

Ladislav Gzela

nezaměstnaný

Sylvie Havránková

manželka nezaměstnaného

Zdeňka Podlipná

Pohorská, majitelka Modes Robes

Vladimír Horáček

zedník Novotný

Bohuš Rendl

penzista

Josef Kozák

zedník s fajfkou

Karel Křeček

Oldřich Kubart

Eduard Jarkovský

Crew and creators

Director

E. F. Burian

Second Unit Director

Ivan Weiss

Assistant Director

Miroslav Seemann

Based on

Karel Nový (Chceme žít – román)

Production Designer

Josef Raban, Ferdinand Fiala

Make-Up Artist

Karel Holek

Sound Designer

Emil Poledník

Music

Music Composed by

E. F. Burian

Music Conducted by

Otakar Pařík (FISYO), Jiří Pinkas (Pěvecký sbor Čs. rozhlasu)

Songs

Má milá Marjánko, V míru chceme žít

Singer

mužský sbor (Má milá Marjánko), sbor (V míru chceme žít)

Production info

Original Title

Chceme žít

English Title

We Want to Live

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1949

Production Year

1949

Premiere

29.09.1950

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Jiří Hájek

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

80 min

Versions

Czech