Twisting Currents

Country

Czechoslovakia, France

Copyright

1957

Production year

1957

Premiere

16 May 1958

Runtime

98 min

Category

film

Genre

drama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

V proudech

Czech title

V proudech

English title

Twisting Currents

Parallel title

La Liberté surveillée

Synopsis

Jean is running away from the police. At one of Paris's railway stations he finds himself among sportsmen who are going to Prague for a boating competition. The water sports men take him to be the new masseur; only trainer Benoit realizes that this is not true. However, he tacitly agrees to take Jean with them. Jean catches sight of a beautiful girl during the competition. It's the student Eva. She is a translator and fiancée of one of the Czech competitors Karel. Jean falls in love with Eva and Eva also has romantic feelings towards him. Their relationship grows deeper during the camping holiday in Slovakia, to which the Czech water sportsmen invite their French colleagues. Benoit is upset by this growing love. He tries to speak to Jean about it but gets no result. Just before their departure, Jean realizes that he is a fugitive criminal and has no right to interfere with Eva's life. On their last date, he is purposely cynical and refuses Eva's love. Eva gets into a boat that is seized by a strong current. Karel saves her from the dangerous situation. The French men are returning home. Jean hands over a package to Benoit and jumps out of the train. The package contains the valuable French painting that he has stolen.

Note

The first Czech wide-screen feature film in colour.

Cast

Robert Hossein

Jean-Paul Viberty alias Jean Rungis

Jiří Němeček

Karel, Evin snoubenec

René Lefèvre

trenér Benoit

Miloš Nesvadba

František

José Varela

vodák Lapin

Paul Bisciglia

vodák Riri

Jean-Pierre Laverne

vodák Georges

Věra Schubertová

Jiřina

Jami Blanc

vodák Alex

Zdeněk Řehoř

kontrolor pasů

Milena Geislerová

Olga Hlavová

Vlasta Benová

Quido Bezpalec

Jan Brzák

Emil Hájek

Marie Hlavatá (2)

Evžen Jindra

V. Laštovka

Václav Rubeš

Erik Vacek

Viktor Vosátka

Karel Zahálka

Taneční a hudební soubor VUS Bratislava

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Henri Aisner, Marie Epstein

Assistant Director

Miroslav Kubišta, Eva Mičulková, Simonne Péche, Pavel Horák, Jordan Balurov

Screenstory

Josef Picek

Director of Photography

Vladimír Novotný

Second Unit Photography

Jiří Šafář, Raymond Picon-Borel

Camera Operator

Raymond Menvielle, Jan Kváča, Antonín Růžička

Production Designer

Boris Moravec

Sound Designer

Emil Poledník, Louis Hochet

Unit Production Manager

Přemek Longa, Petr Čapek

Consultant

Ján Olejník

Cooperation

Zbyněk Hloch, Bohumil Pokorný, Jacques Saulnier

Music

Music Composed by

Ludvík Podéšť

Songs

Praha je zlatá loď

Songwriter Ludvík Podéšť
Writer of Lyrics Karel Šiktanc
Singer Milan Směták

Píseň o řece

Songwriter Ludvík Podéšť
Writer of Lyrics Josef Kainar

Vodácký valčík

Songwriter Ludvík Podéšť
Writer of Lyrics Vlastimil Pantůček
Singer Rudolf Pellar

Jdi spát

Songwriter Ludvík Podéšť
Writer of Lyrics Vlastimil Pantůček

Production info

Original Title

V proudech

Czech Title

V proudech

English Title

Twisting Currents

Parallel Title

La Liberté surveillée

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia, France

Copyright

1957

Production Year

1957

Production specifications

start of filming 28 July 1957
end of filming 5 October 1957
projection approval 7 January 1958

Premiere

premiere 16 May 1958

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Barrandov

Creative Group

Tvůrčí skupina Šebor – Kratochvíl, Miloš V. Kratochvíl (vedoucí dramaturg tvůrčí skupiny), Jiří Šebor (vedoucí výroby tvůrčí skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

98 min

Original length in metres

2 795 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,66, 1:2,35

Colour

colour

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech, French

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech