Great Solitude

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1959

Production year

1958—1959

Premiere

15 January 1960

Runtime

109 min

Category

film

Genre

drama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Velká samota

Czech title

Velká samota

English title

Great Solitude

Synopsis

Martin Souček is driving back to his home village Velká Samota in South Moravia to fetch his bride Anna Malcová, the daughter of the only independent smallholder in the village. After his arrival, he realizes that the farming cooperative which he helped build years ago is in decline. After a short struggle with himself, he announces that he will not return to the Ministry and that he will help get the cooperative back on its feet. Even the wedding with Anna has to be put aside. After he is voted in as chairman of the cooperative, he installs a strict working routine: punishment for drinking, not obeying work discipline and theft. His non-compromising attitude brings him complete isolation. The entire village turns away from him and even Anna breaks up with him. The cooperative is prospering under Martin's rule but he is lonely and secretly starts drinking. Slightly drunk, he drives away a young cooperative couple bringing him a harvest celebration wreath. That is when the people, pleased by their good earnings, realize how wrong they were about Martin all year, and they accept him among themselves again. The suffering Anna makes a decision as well. She leaves her father and the toil in his fields and sets off after the neighbours who are in the cooperative. Perhaps she will also find her way to Martin.

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Cast

Július Pántik

předseda JZD Martin Souček

Blanka Bohdanová

Anna Malcová, Součkova snoubenka

Bohumil Šmída

soukromník Cyril Malec, Annin otec

Václav Lohniský

družstevník Anton Sláma, Martinův strýc

Rudolf Hrušínský

bývalý předseda JZD František Kaláb

Frída Bachletová

Součková, Martinova matka

Oľga Adamčíková

družstevnice Křístková

Samuel Adamčík

stařeček Esterka

Karel Šeplavý

družstevní kočí Ferenc

Zdeněk Řehoř

učitel Hort

Adam Matejka

družstevník Houfek

Arnošt Navrátil

předseda ONV

Miroslav Olejníček

družstevník Kučera

Václav Kyzlink

družstevník Bojanovský

Jana Rubášová

Eliška, Ferencova dcera

Josef Koza

vesničan

Alois Klejzar

mladý družstevník

Otto Maruštík

opilec

Mária Široká

družstevnice

Elena Latečková

Jana Macenauerová

Ladislav Suchánek

Libuša Gýmerská

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Čestmír Mlíkovský

Assistant Director

Zdena Štekrová, Ivan Passer

Based on

Ivan Kříž (Velká samota – román)

Shooting Script

Ladislav Helge

Director of Photography

Ferdinand Pečenka, Josef Novotný

Camera Operator

Jaroslav Kaiser

Production Designer

Karel Lier

Set Designer

Jiří Rulík, František Rieger

Sound Designer

Jiří Pavlík, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Production Manager

Jaroslav Kučera

Unit Production Manager

Ludmila Venclíková, Olga Mimrová

Consultant

Čeněk Hlaváček, Jakub Zemánek, prof. dr. Václav Vážný (jazykový poradce)

Cooperation

Jan Oliva

Music

Music Composed by

Gustav Křivinka

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by František Belfín), Soubor Krajského střediska lidové kultury ve Strážnici

Songs

Vínečko bílé

Songwriter František Hřebačka-Mikulecký
Writer of Lyrics František Hřebačka-Mikulecký
Singer sbor

Mal som frajerenku

Singer Samuel Adamčík

Production info

Original Title

Velká samota

Czech Title

Velká samota

English Title

Great Solitude

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1959

Production Year

1958—1959

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 9 July 1958
technical Screenplay approved 30 August 1958
start of filming 18 October 1958
end of filming 3 September 1959
projection approval 4 December 1959

Premiere

premiere 15 January 1960

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Hostivař

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

109 min

Original length in metres

3 111 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 2. festival českých a slovenských filmů Plzeň

1960
Plzeň / Czechoslovakia