The First Rescue Party

drama

Typology

feature

Czech title

První parta

Runtime

100

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1959

Production year

1959

Premiere

19.02.1960

Language version

Czech

Director

Otakar Vávra

Screenplay

Otakar Vávra

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

Otomar Krejča

primář

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

Hynek Němec

havíř

Libuše Šetelová

Kuldová, žena zasypaného havíře

Václav Švec

poddůlní

Karel Pavlík

vrátný

Jan Tříska

havíř

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

Production Designer

Karel Škvor

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

Oldřich Okáč

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Srnka

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Songs

Stavěli tesaři zedníkům lešení, Buď sbohem, milko má, Černé oči, proč pláčete

Singer

mužský hlas (Stavěli tesaři zedníkům lešení), Jaroslav Vojta (Buď sbohem, milko má), Jaroslav Rozsíval (Černé oči, proč pláčete)

Production info

Original Title

První parta

English Title

The First Rescue Party

Copyright

1959

Production Year

1959

Premiere

19.02.1960

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Feix – Daniel, František Daniel, Karel Feix

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

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

1960
Mar del Plata / Argentina