They Should Not Be Left Alone

educational, narrative

Typology

feature

Czech title

Aby nebyli sami

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1958

Production year

1958

Language version

Czech

Director

Dimitrij Plichta

Synopsis

Daughter of the widowed pensioner Tříska has died, and the old man remains alone in a residential house flat in Prague's Lesser Town. Feeling lonesome, he attempts suicide. When in hospital, a compassionate girl from neighbourhood cleans up his flat. Using addresses found on the table, she also invites his classmates who studied with him at grammar school. At the reunion one of them is represented by a friend, a former circus artiste Lojzík Očko. Despite his age he is still quite agile and full of ideas. He has noticed Tříska's deep sorrow and decides to look after him. Nevertheless, Mr Tříska has exchanged the flat, where everything reminded him of his family, and moved to another district. There he feels even worse, and his health slowly deteriorates. Lojzík is not willing to give up, and accompanied by a young woman from the social security office he manages to find Mr Tříska. He takes him to a pensioners' club and cheers up the sad man. After all the most important thing for old people is that they should not be left alone.

Cast

Otto Čermák

František Tříska

Alois Dvorský

Lojzík Očko

Nina Popelíková

Lilinka Loukotová

Libor Fára

tajemník

Marie Krásná

V. Bakalářová

J. Schneider

Commentary

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Marta Klikarová

Screenstory

Dimitrij Plichta

Camera Operator

Bedřich Roger

Production Designer

arch. Jaroslav Čermák

Sound Designer

Milan R. Novotný, Ladislav Hausdorf, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Production Manager

Oldřich Pavlíček

Consultant

Bohumil Erben, Jan Zejda

Music

Music Composed by

František Belfín

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Aby nebyli sami

English Title

They Should Not Be Left Alone

Working Title

Stařečkové

Copyright

1958

Production Year

1958

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Technical info

Versions

Czech