The Confession of Václav Urbánek

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1954

Production year

1954

Runtime

21 min

Director

Jan Kouba

Category

film

Genre

agitprop

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionshort

Original title

Přiznání Václava Urbánka

Czech title

Přiznání Václava Urbánka

English title

The Confession of Václav Urbánek

Synopsis

A new chairman has arrived at the farm. The women are forceful in their demands to revive domestic hen breeding. The chairman agrees but a decision must first be made as to how the corn should be apportioned. Václav Urbánek lives with his family in the worst house on the estate. Immediately after the sowing he wants to hand in his notice and thus adamantly refuses the chairman's offer to reconstruct his home. The chairman knows how to deal with people and thus does not remind Urbánek of his shoddy approach to sowing. Instead he puts up on the board the results of each individual's work and the reward they are to receive. Urbánek's work immediately improves. Marjánka, Urbánek's wife, buys some chickens but she has not been able to secure feed for them. She thus urges her husband to bring some from the state farm. Unfortunately, the chairman discovers the grains he has hidden in his boots. He reprimands him in private and orders him to make amends. Urbánek has now begun to respect his superior and changes his mind about leaving the farm. Once home he welcomes the mason who has come to repair his house.

Note

The film was made for the Czechoslovak Ministry of Agriculture.

Cast

Jiří Kostka

Václav Urbánek

Netta Deborská

Marjánka, Urbánkova žena

Václav Fišer

vedoucí Kálal

Anna Kasalová

Crew and creators

Director

Jan Kouba

Screenstory

Jan Kouba

Screenplay

Jan Kouba

Director of Photography

Jan Matoušek

Film Editor

Josef Pejsar

Production Manager

Emil Havlín

Consultant

Bohumil Zdražil, Václav Čermák (2)

Music

Music Composed by

Jan Kapr

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by Jaromír Nohejl),

Production info

Original Title

Přiznání Václava Urbánka

Czech Title

Přiznání Václava Urbánka

English Title

The Confession of Václav Urbánek

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

agitprop

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1954

Production Year

1954

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Technical info

Duration typology

short film

Duration in minutes

21 min

Original length in metres

592 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