Two Fires

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1949

Production year

1949

Premiere

17 February 1950

Runtime

86 min

Category

film

Genre

drama, socialist-realism

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Dva ohně

Czech title

Dva ohně

English title

Two Fires

Synopsis

The owner of a brick-factory Detring is sabotaging the two-year economic plan - he is selling bricks, which are in short supply after the war, on the black market. He wants to start a production 'on two fires' which for him would create a double profit and for the workers just endanger their health. The factory's Revolutionary Trade Union Movement Committee, led by the communist Noháč, defies Detring's plan. The committee also disagrees with the payments of the bonuses. Detring attempts to break the solidarity of the workers by bribing people separately. Nevertheless, his talk about the 'good intentions' manages to persuade only worker Marie and young Kramera, who got into financial difficulties after his wife's accident at the brick-factory. The 25th of February 1948 is drawing close, the workers are prepared, and so they manage to reveal Detring's sabotage. The brick-factory is nationalized. To increase the production, Noháč proposes the 'two fires' work. This time, the workers agree. The benefit will be equal for all this time. Soon after the beginning of the work, a valve breaks down in the kiln. Young Kramera joins Noháč in the dangerous work of fixing it, and with this courageous act finds his way back into the workers collective.

Cast

Otomar Krejča

cihlář Václav Noháč, předseda odborové organizace

J. O. Martin

cihlář otec Noháč

Josef Bek

pecař Jan Kramera

Vladimír Hlavatý

otec Kramera

Antonie Hegerliková

Anežka Kramerová, Janova žena

Jarmila Kurandová

Barbora Kramerová

Eva Karelová

dělnice Marie Frýdlová

Vojta Plachý-Tůma

majitel cihelny Rudolf Detring

Věra Kalendová

dělnice Anna

Svatopluk Majer

správce cihelny

Antonín Mikulič

Vincek, Noháčův synovec

Antonín Šůra

Materna, zvaný Edison

Hynek Němec

pecař Mikota

Josef Steigl

závozník Balda

Vladimír Dvorský

Antonín

Emil Dlesk

cihlář

František Marek

stavitel Baumgart

Erik Zámiš

muž v kožené čepici

Dagmar Zikánová

žena v autě

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Václav Berdych

Director of Photography

Josef Střecha

Production Designer

Jan Pacák

Film Editor

Jan Kohout

Production Manager

František Milič, Jan Sinnreich

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Srnka

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by Milivoj Uzelac),

Production info

Original Title

Dva ohně

Czech Title

Dva ohně

English Title

Two Fires

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama, socialist-realism

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1949

Production Year

1949

Production specifications

projection approval 26 August 1949 (konec povolení k promítání 26. 8. 1954)

Premiere

premiere 17 February 1950

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Hostivař

Creative Group

I. tvůrčí kolektiv Otakara Vávry, Otakar Vávra (vedoucí I. tvůrčího kolektivu)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

86 min

Original length in metres

2 456 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