Close to the Sky

comedy, satire

Typology

feature

Czech title

Mezi nebem a zemí

Runtime

81

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1958

Production year

1958

Premiere

24.10.1958

Language version

Czech

Director

Zdeněk Podskalský

Synopsis

In the small town of Pivonice all troubles are resolved by Nováček, a conscientious but timid clerk, willing to help anyone who needs it, even outside office hours. One day Nováček is overcome by exhaustion through overwork and is taken to hospital. From snatches of conversation it transpires that he is seriously ill and that he has fourteen days to live. This new situation changes Nováček's attitude to life. He makes a stand against the bureaucratic director Korejs and resolves the citizens' problems without unnecessary delay. With the help of the director's secretary Boženka, who loves him, Nováček even travels to Prague to visit the Ministry in order to gather support. The deputy who is responsible for their region, however, has just left for Pivonice to review the situation. Nováček thinks that his battle is lost. The only consolation left to him is Boženka's love. One night he dreams of being in heaven. In a dialogue with God he discovers that he will not die and also that people must sort out their problems for themselves, without God's intervention. In the morning Nováček awakes fully recovered and with satisfaction hears the results of the ministerial review which justifies his criticism.

Note

During preparations for filming and the filming itself the work was described in the period press chiefly with the Czech title Mezi zemí a nebem; the same title was used in the periodical Film Review. The introductory title on the original negative and copy, however, give the Czech title Mezi nebem a zemí.

Cast

Vlastimil Brodský

úředník František Nováček

Marie Landová

sekretářka Boženka Kalinová/Andělka

Martin Růžek

ředitel Josef Korejs/svatý Tadeáš

Miloš Kopecký

úředník Leopold Matějka

František Smolík

hodinář/Pán Bůh

Jiří Sovák

zaměstnanec Pohřební služby Emil Bouzek

Josef Bláha

kameník

František Šlégr

vrátný Hromádka/svatý Petr

Ladislav Pešek

listonoš/svatý Florián

Stella Zázvorková

učitelka hudby/nebeská dirigentka

Walter Taub

lékárník

Ota Motyčka

redaktor Šalplachta

Viktor Očásek

muž v trafice

Josef Vošalík

revizor z kraje

Bedřich Zelenka

revizor z kraje

František Černý

úředník z ministerstva

Vladimír Hrubý

úředník z ministerstva

Václav Kaňkovský

úředník z ministerstva

Oldřich Musil

úředník z ministerstva

Antonín Soukup

hostinský

Darja Hajská

andělská matka

Zdeněk Hodr

lékař

Lubomír Bryg

pacient

Milan Neděla

pokrývač Tonda

Zdeněk Najman

pokrývač Lojza

Zdeněk Řehoř

holič Krupička

Josef Kruml

kluk s novinami/čertík

František Suk

žadatel Houf

Hynek Němec

pacient

Ladislav Gzela

muž v hospodě

Jaroslav Jílovec

žadatel na úřadě

Jiří Hajný

příslušník Bezpečnosti

Commentary

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Vladimír Brebera

Assistant Director

Jana Pokorná, Jaroslav Ullmann

Camera Operator

Adolf Hejzlar, Karel Hejsek

Production Designer

Boris Moravec

Set Designer

Jaroslav Ciboch, Antonín Pašek

Costume Designer

Lída Novotná

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Production Manager

Jaroslav Jílovec

Unit Production Manager

Jiří Krejčí

Cooperation

Bohumil Pokorný

Music

Music Composed by

Julius Kalaš

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Mezi nebem a zemí

English Title

Close to the Sky

Working Title

Mezi zemí a nebem

Copyright

1958

Production Year

1958

Premiere

24.10.1958

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Šebor – Kratochvíl, Miloš V. Kratochvíl, Jiří Šebor

Technical info

Versions

Czech