The First and the Last

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1959

Production year

1958

Premiere

24 July 1959

Runtime

78 min

Category

film

Genre

drama, psychological

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

První a poslední

Czech title

První a poslední

English title

The First and the Last

Synopsis

Newly widowed old Mr Benda lives in a corner house on Loretto square in Prague. The funeral is yet to take place but people already have their eye on Benda's large two-roomed flat. His elderly neighbour, Mrs Prokopová, even wants to move in with the new widower. Slávka, a young restorer, is working up at Prague Castle repairing monuments. Her husband Olda is a plumber. They do not own a joint flat so, after work, they have to travel across different parts of Prague, each to their own home. Slávka hates to intrude upon the old man but her hopeless situation leads her to Benda's front door. She hides the fact that she is married and persuades him to rent her one of his rooms. The sincere young woman soon wins the affection of her landlord. Benda is thus disappointed to discover one day that Slávka has a male visitor. The young woman confesses to being married and Benda asks her to leave. The next day he has a heart attack, however, and Slávka promises the doctor that she and Olda will look after him so that he doesn't have to go in to hospital. Benda is grateful to them for their help and agrees to have them both move in with him.

Cast

Zdeněk Štěpánek

průvodce Kamil Benda

Miriam Hynková

restaurátorka Slávka

Miloš Hlavica

instalatér Olda, Slávčin muž

Milka Balek-Brodská

Dubbing Marie Rosůlková
švadlena Prokopová, Bendova sousedka

Emil Bolek

kostelník Tomáš

Martin Růžek

hostinský Tarbus

Stella Zázvorková

Frantina, Tarbusova žena

Stanislav Neumann

starý opilec Satrapa

Elena Hálková

Satrapová

Růžena Štěpánová

servírka Dorotka

Josef Hlinomaz

instalatér

Eva Svobodová

trafikantka

Ota Motyčka

řidič Vejdělek

Josef Steigl

pokladní v muzeu

Jan Maška

správce muzea

Karel Kocourek

vrátný v muzeu

Josef Pehr

malíř

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Georgis Skalenakis

Assistant Director

Eliška Vojtová, František Katnar

Screenstory

Jiří Mucha

Screenplay

Jiří Mucha

Shooting Script

Vladimír Čech

Director of Photography

Jaromír Holpuch

Production Designer

Karel Černý

Art Director

Cyril Bouda

Set Designer

Josefa Koníčková, František Zajíček

Costume Designer

Karel Postřehovský

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Production Manager

Václav Rouha

Unit Production Manager

Vladimír Vojta

Cooperation

Jiří Mucha (umělecká spolupráce), Bohumil Pokorný

Music

Music Composed by

Štěpán Lucký

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by Štěpán Koníček),

Production info

Original Title

První a poslední

Czech Title

První a poslední

English Title

The First and the Last

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama, psychological

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1959

Production Year

1958

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 5 June 1957
technical Screenplay approved 6 August 1958
start of filming 28 August 1958
end of filming 12 November 1958
projection approval 19 May 1959

Premiere

premiere 24 July 1959

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Barrandov

Creative Group

Tvůrčí skupina Hanuš – Träger, Ladislav Hanuš (vedoucí výroby tvůrčí skupiny), Josef Träger (vedoucí dramaturg tvůrčí skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

78 min

Original length in metres

2 225 meters

Distribution carrier

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