Two days before Christmas Eve in 1944, Captain Hloušek's battalion conquests a foot-hill village. Everything is peaceful, the sounds of Christmas and classical music are pouring out of loudspeakers from the German positions. The soldiers would like to celebrate Christmas together with the villagers. Lieutenant Jílek who has just recently taken over command of the regiment is flatly against this. Jílek is a strict man and there are strange rumours being spread about his past so the soldiers don't trust his commands. They finally manage to gradually win consent from the officers for a Christmas celebration in the village. Captain Hloušek has to make the final decision. He is preparing a survey of the enemy's positions during which Sergeant Benko is wounded. The rescue team transports him to safety. The German search-lights catch the soldiers during this action but not a shot is fired. Hloušek agrees to the Christmas celebration. Jílek, however, refuses to leave the trenches and the second company stays with him. In the midst of the noisy preparations, Hloušek suddenly realizes the meaning of the German's music. He immediately gives orders to prepare for battle. Soon after the German attack begins but Hloušek and his soldiers successfully ward it off.
vojín intendant Vondráček
plk. František Nevěřil, plk. Alois Bíca
Tenkrát o vánocích
Tenkrát o vánocích
At That Time, at Christmas...
literary Screenplay approved 15 November 1956
technical Screenplay approved 15 December 1956
start of filming 4 December 1957
end of filming 3 April 1958
projection approval 28 August 1958
preview 28 November 1958 (kino Sevastopol /1 týden/, Praha)
premiere 5 December 1958 /suitable for youths/ (kina Pasáž /3 týdny/, Kyjev /1 týden/, Revoluce /1 týden/, Radost /1 týden od 12. 12./ a Flora /1 týden od 19. 12./, Praha)
2 333 meters
black & white
Czech, German, Slovak, Russian