At That Time, at Christmas...

drama, war

Typology

feature

Czech title

Tenkrát o vánocích

Runtime

82

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1958

Production year

1958

Premiere

05.12.1958

Language version

Czech

Director

Karel Kachyňa

Screenplay

Jiří Beneš, František A. Dvořák, Karel Kachyňa

Screenstory

Jiří Beneš

Synopsis

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.

Cast

Otomar Korbelář

kapitán Hloušek

Rudolf Deyl ml.

vojín intendant Vondráček

Petr Haničinec

podporučík Jílek

František Hanus

nadporučík Váňa

Jiří Sovák

Karlíček

Jiří Vala

kulometčík Vítek

Otto Lackovič

četař Benko

Lubomír Vidlák

Tonda Samo

Jela Lukešová

vdova Stolárová

Eva Klepáčová

sanitářka Vlasta

Mária Sýkorová

Horňáková

Květa Fialová

vesnická dívka

Jan Víšek

podporučík Horák

Ladislav Ryšlink

četař Toman

Zdeněk Řehoř

německý strážný

Luděk Pilc

raněný

Petr Leníček

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Stanislav Černý

Assistant Director

Pavel Kopta, Jaroslava Koudelová

Screenstory

Jiří Beneš

Shooting Script

Karel Kachyňa

Production Designer

Karel Černý

Set Designer

Rudolf Beneš

Film Editor

Jan Chaloupek

Sound Designer

Jiří Lenoch

Production Manager

Josef Beran

Unit Production Manager

Václav Dobeš

Consultant

plk. František Nevěřil, plk. Alois Bíca

Cooperation

Bohumil Pokorný

Music

Music Composed by

Miloš Vacek

Music Performed by

Jiří Ropek (sélo na varhany)

Songs

Tichá noc /Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht/, O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum, Hej, javor, javor

Songwriter

Franz Xaver Gruber (Tichá noc /Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht/), tradicionál (O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum)

Writer of Lyrics

Joseph Mohr (Tichá noc /Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht/)

Production info

Original Title

Tenkrát o vánocích

English Title

At That Time, at Christmas...

Copyright

1958

Production Year

1958

Premiere

05.12.1958

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Novotný – Kubala, Bedřich Kubala, Ladislav Novotný

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Event: Výroční Cena Víta Nejedlého pro rok 1968

1968
Praha / Czechoslovakia
František A. Dvořák