The First Rescue Party

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1959

Production year

1959

Premiere

19 February 1960

Runtime

100 min

Category

film

Genre

drama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

První parta

Czech title

První parta

English title

The First Rescue Party

Synopsis

Young Standa Půlpán is starting work at the Kristina mine helping the coal transport. He has moved in with the miner Adam whose wife, the gentle but mournful Marie, touches the heart of the sensitive young man. Work in the mines exhausts Standa. He also finds difficult to bear the fact that the miners do not take him seriously and so he allows himself to daydream, imagining himself the centre of heroic deeds. One day part of the mine caves in and three miners are trapped in the shaft. Standa is the first to volunteer for the rescue team, the others follow - Adam, old Suchánek, Pepek, the carpenter Martínek, the mason Matula and the supervisor Andres. The joint effort to save their companions brings this "first" group together and they all go to the pub in the evening. They go down the pit the next day but fortune is not on their side. First Standa is injured while trying to rescue the engineer Hansen when a boulder falls down from the crumbling ceiling. This is followed by another cave-in which buries Adam and three other miners alive. The papers describe Standa as a courageous man, however, during the dramatic events he has matured and now realizes the difference between ostentatious heroism and solidarity.

Cast

Eduard Cupák

vozač Stanislav Půlpán

Gustáv Valach

lamač Josef Adam

Jaroslav Vojta

starý lamač Antonín Suchánek

Rudolf Deyl ml.

havíř Pepek Falta

Jaroslav Rozsíval

tesař Jan Martínek

Milan Kindl

zedník František Matula

Bohuš Záhorský

dozorce Jan Andres

Marie Tomášová

Mařenka, Adamova žena

Vladimír Ráž

švédský inženýr Axel Hansen

Miriam Hynková

Hansenova žena

František Vnouček

ředitel dolu

Václav Lohniský

poddůlní Vojta

Valentina Thielová

ošetřovatelka

Gabriela Bártlová-Buddeusová

starší ošetřovatelka

Ladislav Gzela

havíř Kazimour

Adolf Král

havíř Grygar

Otto Lackovič

havíř Baďura

Alena Kreuzmannová

Faltova žena

Anna Kadeřábková

Martínkova žena

Svatopluk Majer

náměstek ředitele

Libuše Šetelová

Kuldová, žena zasypaného havíře

Václav Švec

poddůlní

Dagmar Doubravská

havířská žena

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Jiří Mikeťuk

Assistant Director

Milan Kadlec

Based on

Karel Čapek (První parta – román)

Screenplay

Otakar Vávra

Director of Photography

Jan Kališ

Production Designer

Karel Škvor

Assistent Production Designer

Oldřich Okáč

Make-Up Artist

Otakar Košťál

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Sound Designer

Miloslav Hůrka

Production Manager

Jiří Pokorný

Unit Production Manager

Vlasta Synkulová, Jaroslav Merunka

Consultant

Jaroslav Husák, František Jelínek, Antonín Procházka (odborný poradce)

Cooperation

Jindřich Panáček (fotograf)

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Srnka

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by František Belfín),

Songs

Stavěli tesaři zedníkům lešení

Singer mužský hlas

Buď sbohem, milko má

Singer Jaroslav Vojta

Černé oči, proč pláčete

Singer Jaroslav Rozsíval

Production info

Original Title

První parta

Czech Title

První parta

English Title

The First Rescue Party

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1959

Production Year

1959

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 2 October 1957
technical Screenplay approved 5 November 1958
start of filming 9 February 1959
end of filming 9 July 1959
projection approval 20 November 1959

Premiere

premiere 19 February 1960

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Barrandov, Hostivař

Creative Group

Tvůrčí skupina Feix – Daniel, František Daniel (vedoucí dramaturg tvůrčí skupiny), Karel Feix (vedoucí výroby tvůrčí skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

100 min

Original length in metres

2 852 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,66, 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

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 3. mezinárodní festival hraných a krátkých filmů Mar del Plata

1960
Mar del Plata / Argentina

Vítěz

Event: 2. soutěž o nejlepší filmovou fotografii roku 1959

1959
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Jindřich Panáček