In Pursuit

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1958

Production year

1958

Runtime

36 min

Category

povídka

Genre

drama, short-story

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionmedium

Original title

Pronásledování

Czech title

Pronásledování

English title

In Pursuit

Working title

Hranice

povídkový film

No Entrance

Synopsis

The year is 1950. The border guards' troops are reinforced with new recruits. One of them, an inexperienced boy, accompanies a tired sergeant-major on watch. In the deep snow, they see the tracks of ski shoes leading from the border. At first, the two men follow the tracks on their horses, but then they have to continue on foot. A snowstorm breaks out. The older border guard is stocky and strong, and helps the young colleague. Then the blinding snow separates them. The sergeant-major hasn't had any sleep for several days and he begins to lose consciousness. He is awakened by shots. He finds his young colleague shot and wounded and drags him to a lonely house where a young woman lives. He finds out from her about a strange man who asked her for directions. The young border guard dies. The sergeant-major, at the end of his strength, reaches the railway station and jumps onto a train. Here he finds a solitary passenger. When he checks his papers everything seems all right. But his experience makes the guard cautious. Finally the two men have a fight. The saboteur pulls out his gun but it is he who loses in the end.

Cast

Zdeněk Kutil

staršina pohraniční stráže

Jan Němec

Dubbing Ivan Mistrík
mladý pohraničník

Václav Irmanov

Dubbing Miloš Kopecký
záškodník

Valentina Thielová

vesnická žena

Commentary

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Jiří Patočka

Script Supervisor

Věra Vláčilová

Based on

Rudolf Kalčík (Pronásledování – povídka ze sbírky Oheň v srdci)

Shooting Script

František Vláčil

Director of Photography

Jan Čuřík

Production Designer

Jaroslav Krška

Set Designer

František Suchý

Make-Up Artist

Karel Marek

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Sound Designer

František Fabián

Production Manager

Jaroslav Řeřicha

Unit Production Manager

Karel Fiala

Consultant

mjr. Hönig, kpt. Soušek, mjr. Ctibor

Cooperation

Alena Pěkná (fotografka)

Music

Music Composed by

Miloš Vacek

Production info

Original Title

Pronásledování

Czech Title

Pronásledování

English Title

In Pursuit

Working Title

Hranice

Category

povídka

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama, short-story

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1958

Production Year

1958

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 30 July 1957
technical Screenplay approved 14 November 1957
start of filming 22 January 1958
end of filming 18 April 1958
the first film copy approved 19 December 1959

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Barrandov

Creative Group

Tvůrčí skupina Novotný – Kubala, Bedřich Kubala (vedoucí dramaturg tvůrčí skupiny), Ladislav Novotný (vedoucí výroby tvůrčí skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

medium length film

Duration in minutes

36 min

Original length in metres

1 020 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

colour

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech, Slovak

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech