Confession

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1950

Production year

1950

Premiere

15 June 1951

Runtime

92 min

Category

film

Genre

drama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Přiznání

Czech title

Přiznání

English title

Confession

Synopsis

The solitary and hard-working stoker Václav Severa works in a factory on the border. The driver who arrives bringing new equipment addresses him as Urban. The War has just ended and someone with a double identity arouses suspicion. The stoker thus has to explain himself to the factory committee. His real name is Antonín Urban. During the 1930s he worked for the railways guarding the tracks. His happiness was cut short with the tragic death of his wife and four-year-old son. He moved to another town where he found a job as a shunter. He married again but the marriage fell apart. Under the influence of the worker Šoltys, Urban began to take an interest in social issues. The factory-owner Kolátor wanted secretly to transfer his plant to Slovakia and close down the local branch. Urban warned the workers and they tried to push the cars containing the machinery back to the factory. Kolátor tried to stop them and seriously injured Urban with a rod when he was switching the points. The wealthy industrialist managed to turn the whole case against Urban in court and the latter was unjustly sentenced to ten years in prison. The War began and the occupying forces transferred him to a labour camp, forcing him to work in a lime works in Germany. At the end of the War his fellow prisoner Václav Severa was killed during an air raid. Urban, fearing he would be sent back to prison, used Severa's documents to change his identity. The committee members recognize that Urban is an honest man and welcome him back to the collective.

Cast

Oldřich Lukeš

Václav Severa vl.jm. Antonín Urban

Oldřich Vykypěl

dělník u Kolátora Karel Šoltys

Antonie Hegerliková

Anička, Urbanova žena

Jana Dítětová

Julča, Urbanova druhá žena

František Kreuzmann

prokurista Rezek

Jaroslav Seník

továrník Ferdinand Kolátor

František Holar

řidič Trmal

Felix le Breux

JUDr. Lorenc

Bedřich Vrbský

státní zástupce

František Vnouček

obhájce JUDr. Vlach

J. O. Martin

mistr Suchý

Karel Holek

Vondrák

Bohumil Machník

dělník Kouša

Ella Nollová

vdova Mikotová, Julčina matka

Emil Kavan

úředník

Jitka Lešáková

zapisovatelka

Lubomír Lipský

topič Franta

Josef Příhoda

zřízenec Trčka

Josef Kozák

zedník Václav Severa

R.A. Strejka

přísedící

Jiří Majer

přísedící

Jiřina Sedlářová

ošetřovatelka

Jan W. Speerger

číšník

Rudolf Deyl ml.

dělník Jareš

Radovan Lukavský

dělník, člen závodní rady

Miroslav Homola

JUDr. Nettik

Vladimír Svitáček

dělník Prokop

Věra Váchová

sekretářka

Vítězslav Boček

přednosta stanice

Rudolf Deyl st.

předseda soudu

Zdeněk Hodr

soudní zapisovatel

Zdeněk Šavrda

soudní zřízenec v uniformě

Emil Bolek

dělník, člen závodní rady

Antonín Šůra

dělník, člen závodní rady

Karel Houska

železničář Krucký

Ferdinand Jarkovský

host v hospodě

Jan Fischer

pokladník na dráze

Arna Pekárková

členka závodní rady

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Vladimír Svitáček

Director of Photography

Josef Střecha

Second Unit Photography

Josef Novotný

Production Designer

Ferdinand Fiala

Make-Up Artist

Karel Marek

Sound Designer

Josef Vlček

Production Manager

Rudolf Fencl, Bohuslav Kubásek

Cooperation

Jiří Weiss (režijní spolupráce), Karel Ješátko (fotografie)

Music

Music Composed by

František Škvor

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by Otakar Pařík),

Songs

Koulelo se jablíčko

Songwriter Jaroslav Jankovec

Production info

Original Title

Přiznání

Czech Title

Přiznání

English Title

Confession

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1950

Production Year

1950

Production specifications

the first film copy approved 09/1950
projection approval 28 March 1951 (konec povolení k promítání 28. 3. 1956)

Premiere

premiere 15 June 1951

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Barrandov, Hostivař

Creative Group

VII. tvůrčí kolektiv Vladimíra Kabelíka, Vladimír Kabelík (vedoucí VII. tvůrčího kolektivu)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

92 min

Original length in metres

2 622 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