The First and the Last

drama, psychological

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

První a poslední

Runtime

78 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1959

Production year

1959

Premiere

24.07.1959

Language version

Czech

Director

Vladimír Čech

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

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

Václav Wasserman

zahradník

Ota Motyčka

řidič Vejdělek

Alois Dvorský

penzista

Josef Steigl

pokladní v muzeu

Jan Maška

správce muzea

Karel Kocourek

vrátný v muzeu

Josef Pehr

malíř

Vladimír Čech

karbaník

Dubbing

Marie Rosůlková

hlas Prokopové

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Georgis Skalenakis

Assistant Director

Eliška Vojtová, František Katnar

Screenstory

Jiří Mucha

Screenplay

Jiří Mucha

Shooting Script

Vladimír Čech

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 (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

První a poslední

English Title

The First and the Last

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

drama, psychological

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1959

Production Year

1959

Premiere

24.07.1959

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Hanuš – Träger, Ladislav Hanuš, Josef Träger

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

78 min

Versions

Czech