Those Born in 1921

drama

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Ročník 21

Runtime

95 min

Country

Czechoslovakia, German Democratic Republic

Copyright

1957

Production year

1957

Premiere

18.06.1958

Language version

Czech

Director

Václav Gajer

Synopsis

A working group of displaced young Czech men sent to the German Reich is clearing away the debris left after a night-time air-raid. One of them, Honzík, saves a German child from the ruins of a wrecked home and is badly hurt. He is taken to a hospital where he becomes close with the young German nurse Käthe. The girl is punished for her relationship with a member of an "inferior" nation and sent to Dresden. Honzík returns to his friends who welcome him with joy. No one suspects that they have a traitor among them. The Germans caught Olin trading on the black market and he became their informer to escape punishment. In the spring of 1945 the group is transferred to Dresden. Honzík meets with his beloved Käthe there and the young men are planning to escape home. Honzík decides to stay in the town with Käthe. Käthe finds civilian clothes for them but Olin informs on their plan. Following his instructions the Gestapo arrest some of the boys. Karel, who has a wife and a young child waiting for him at home, is shot dead and only a few of them manage to get onto the moving train. And Honzík can only helplessly observe as the Gestapo takes his Käthe away.

Cast

Eva Kotthaus

zdravotní sestra Käthe

Luděk Munzar

Honzík

Jiří Sovák

Kovanda

Eduard Cupák

Pepouš

Raimund Schelcher

voják Weiss

Rudolf Ulrich

desátník Hill

Hans W. Hamacher

voják Bent

Erich Brauer

voják Müller

Herbert Körbs

kapitán

Irene Korb

průvodčí

Wilhelm Koch-Hooge

Max Krapke

Lotte Loebinger

udavačka Schmidtová

Johannes Arpe

primář nemocnice

Marga Legal

vrchní sestra

František Velebný

Pepoušův otec

Eva Foustková

Kovandová

Magda Kopřivová

Lojzkova matka

Ladislav Navrátil

úředník Arbeitsamtu

Jiří Němeček

raněný Francouz

Waldemar Baeger

úředník gestapa

Harry Ehrlich

úředník gestapa

William Gade

posluha na nádraží

Fred Graeve

námořník

Alice Jander

pradlena

Siegfried Göhler

kapitán

Horst Mehring

úředník gestapa

Hans Pitra

lékař asistent

Ursula Röschmann

žena

Gerda Schaefer

cizí žena

Hilmar Thate

námořník

Fritz Bogdon

gestapák

Gisela Fritsch

ošetřovatelka Lilo

Max Gerhardt

flašinetář

Gieselheid Hönsch

ošetřovatelka Renate

Margarete Kaessbaum-Hess

žena

Renate Meyer

zdravotní sestra

Reinhold Mühle

úředník gestapa

Ulla Reuter

mladá matka

Günter Selke

námořník

Gerhard Scholz

úředník gestapa

Gerry Wolff

řečník

Jaruška Linhartová

ovázané dítě v nemocnici

Milan Linhart

dítě na nosítkách v nemocnici

Commentary

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Jiří Mikeťuk

Assistant Director

Jaroslava Koudelová, René Mattes, Wanda Fritsch

Based on

Karel Ptáčník (Ročník jedenadvacet – román)

Shooting Script

Václav Gajer

Second Unit Photography

Vladimír Malík, Günter Haubold

Production Designer

Karel Lier, Herbert Nitzschke

Set Designer

Jiří Rulík, Fritz Stemmer

Film Editor

Ursula Kahlbaum

Sound Designer

Kurt Eppers

Special Effects

Ernst Kunstmann

Production Manager

Zdeněk Oves, Adolf Fischer

Unit Production Manager

Václav Rouha, Fritz Brix

Cooperation

Jan Oliva

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Srnka

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Songs

Horo, horo, vysoká jsi, Vojáci jdou, Nemelem', nemelem'

Production info

Original Title

Ročník 21

English Title

Those Born in 1921

Parallel Title

Jahrgang 21

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia, German Democratic Republic

Copyright

1957

Production Year

1957

Premiere

18.06.1958

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Šmída – Kunc, František Břetislav Kunc, Bohumil Šmída

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

95 min

Versions

Czech