Lost People

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1956

Production year

1956

Premiere

10 May 1957

Runtime

80 min

Category

film

Genre

drama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Ztracenci

Czech title

Ztracenci

English title

Lost People

Synopsis

This dramatic story of three lost soldiers occurs in 1763, in the time of the Prussian-Austrian war. The footsoldier Václav has fled from Prussian captivity. Before returning to his army, he wants to visit his home village and his lovely Baruška whom he has not seen for seven years. On the way he meets a starved and ragged cuirassier, a deserter, who refuses to return to the army. The cuirassier joins the footsoldier and together they find a wounded Austrian hussar in the woods. Starving, they try to rob a farmer riding on a waggon. Upon hearing a child's cry from the waggon, the hussar frees the farmer. At night the three men succeed to find a solitary house inhabited by the footsoldier's friend Jíra. Jíra is shocked at what he sees - years ago, he received the news about Václav's death and married Baruška himself. They all are unhappy to learn of the cruel effects of the war upon their lives. The hussar killed a child once and is haunted by its dead eyes. The soldiers decide to desert and leave the house. The lonely house is immediately afterwards attacked by the Prussians. The deserters hear the cry of Baruška's child, return to the house and again take up their weapons, helping Jíra and Baruška escape with the child. Covering their withdrawal, however, all the three soldiers die, one after another.

Cast

Stanislav Fišer

pěšák Václav

Karel Enzmann

pruský důstojník

Jan Maška

voják Šafařík

Ladislav Gzela

Ziethenův husar

Vladimír Klemens

Ziethenův husar

Crew and creators

Screenstory

Jiří Brdečka

Based on

Alois Jirásek (Ztracenci – povídka)

Shooting Script

Miloš Makovec

Director of Photography

Vladimír Novotný

Production Designer

Oldřich Bosák

Assistent Production Designer

Juraj Červík

Art Director

Michael Romberg

Make-Up Artist

Vladimír Černý

Sound Designer

Emil Poledník

Production Manager

Rudolf Fencl

Unit Production Manager

Václav Cajthaml

Music

Music Composed by

Jan Rychlík

Selected Music

Andreas Leonhardt (Pochod prince Evžena)

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by Štěpán Koníček)

Songs

Světe, světe

Production info

Original Title

Ztracenci

Czech Title

Ztracenci

English Title

Lost People

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1956

Production Year

1956

Production specifications

projection approval 9 April 1957

Premiere

premiere 10 May 1957 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Blaník /2 týdny/, Aero /1 týden/ a Kyjev /1 týden od 17. 5./, Praha)

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Barrandov

Creative Group

Tvůrčí skupina Feix – Daniel, František Daniel (vedoucí dramaturg tvůrčí skupiny), Karel Feix (vedoucí výroby tvůrčí skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

80 min

Original length in metres

2 266 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 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

Awards

Vítěz

Event: Anketa pařížské filmové kritiky za rok 1958

1959
Paříž / France

Vítěz

Festival: 6. světový festival mládeže a studentstva Moskva

1957
Moskva / Russia
Vladimír Novotný

Vítěz

Festival: 6. světový festival mládeže a studentstva Moskva

1957
Moskva / Russia