Citizen Brych

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1958

Production year

1958

Premiere

20 February 1959

Runtime

104 min

Category

film

Genre

drama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Občan Brych

Czech title

Občan Brych

English title

Citizen Brych

Synopsis

After gaining power in February 1948 the communists organize meetings in factories and offices where they ask for official support. At the Chemicals Company factory meeting, lawyer František Brych is the only one who abstains from voting. He doesn't understand the situation very well and doesn't feel able to partake in mass enthusiasm. In the evening, his old love Irena comes to visit. A long time ago, she decided to marry for money and married Ondřej Ráž, Brych's friend and the owner of the factory. However, she is not happy with Ráž. In these confusing and uncertain times, she comes looking for Brych's understanding but he is not able to help her. Brych is an honest man and observes with loathing the careerists who are readily joining the winners. He himself doesn't sign the membership application for the Communist Party. He gets involved in an affair with anti-Communist pamphlets and the chairman of the Works Committee of the Czech Communist Party Bartoš tries to help him out of it but Brych doesn't believe in his good intention. He decides to escape from the country and to go abroad together with Ráž, Irena and other people. In a forest hut in the Šumava Mountains not far from the border they are waiting for a man to take them across. The nervous refugees are loosing all their inhibitions, they are quarrelling, stealing from each other, and finally kill the German man who brought them to the hut. The disgusted Brych refuses to have anything to do with them. He returns home and Irena comes with him.

Note

The film was shot on both a wide-screen gauge (1:2.35) and a standard gauge (1:1.37) film format.

Cast

Karel Höger

JUDr. František Brych

Vlasta Fialová

Irena Rážová

Otomar Krejča

továrník Ondřej Ráž, Irenin muž

Zdeněk Štěpánek

Mizina, Brychův strýc

Jaroslav Průcha

předseda komunistů Bartoš

Jan Pivec

Josef Saska, bývalý vrátný, vedoucí osobního oddělení

Vladimír Ráž

student Boris Tajchman

Miloš Kopecký

Kamil, Borisův bratr, bývalý továr

Bohuš Záhorský

kožešník Hugo Kalous

Jiřina Šejbalová

Kalousová, kožešníkova žena

Blanka Bohdanová

Ria, dcera Kalousových

Valentina Thielová

Helena, Kamilova milenka

Josef Bek

dělník Patera, Brychův soused

Eduard Kohout

vedoucí saldokonta Karel Kazda

Josef Kemr

úředník Štětka

Hans Hardt-Hardtloff

německý převaděč Hans

Martin Růžek

advokát JUDr. Lazecký

Jiří Sovák

úředník Hlaváč

Walter Taub

ředitel Oskar Baroch

Luděk Munzar

dělník na hlídce

Vilém Besser

dělník Adámek

Miloš Vavruška

příslušník SNB

Bohuš Hradil

profesor v klobouku

Olga Sluníčková

sekretářka Vrzalová

Jaroslav Orlický

nacista Herrmann, převaděč

Ivona Kárná

Anička, dcera Paterových

Jan Lada

Karlíček, syn Kalousových

Viktor Očásek

vetešník

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Vladimír Brebera

Assistant Director

Lenka Němečková, Milan Kadlec

Based on

Jan Otčenášek (Občan Brych – román)

Director of Photography

Jan Kališ

Second Unit Photography

Alexandr Rašilov

Production Designer

Karel Škvor

Costume Designer

Erna Veselá, Ladislav Tomek

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Sound Designer

Emil Poledník, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Production Manager

František Milič

Unit Production Manager

Jaroslav Merunka, Věra Kadlecová

Cooperation

Oldřich Okáč

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Srnka

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by František Belfín),

Production info

Original Title

Občan Brych

Czech Title

Občan Brych

English Title

Citizen Brych

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1958

Production Year

1958

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 20 March 1957
technical Screenplay approved 24 February 1958
start of filming 2 April 1958
end of filming 29 September 1958
projection approval 23 December 1958

Premiere

premiere 20 February 1959

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Barrandov

Creative Group

Tvůrčí skupina Šmída – Kunc, František Břetislav Kunc (vedoucí dramaturg tvůrčí skupiny), Bohumil Šmída (vedoucí výroby tvůrčí skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

104 min

Original length in metres

2 951 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37, 1:2,35

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech