May Stars

short-story, narrative

Typology

feature

Czech title

Májové hvězdy

Runtime

89

Country

Czechoslovakia, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

Copyright

1959

Production year

1959

Premiere

08.05.1959

Language version

Czech

Director

Stanislav Rostockij

Screenplay

Ludvík Aškenazy

Screenstory

Ludvík Aškenazy

Synopsis

It is spring. In Prague, the trees are in blossom and the monuments are the only reminders of the war. In May 1945, the Czech citizens welcome the Soviet army. The parents of young Dušan invite a tired Soviet general to their house to get some rest. Dušan and the general become friends and, on departure, the general gives Dušan his army fur hat as a gift. The General's car passes by a group of Engineers led by Lieutenant Rukavičkin. It is necessary to mark the place in which they defused a mine and Rukavičkin goes to the local school to borrow some chalk. He meets the teacher Jana in the empty building and the two young people like each other at first sight. But the lieutenant has to move on so he writes his address on the blackboard for Jana. After saying goodbye, the teacher comes back to the class but the address isn't there any more. The diligent headmaster washed the blackboard and Jana is left only with her memory. Mr Novák, an ex-concentration camp prisoner, is walking back home along the highway. Rukavičkin stops the truck and takes Mr Novák to Prague. In the house in the Prague Lesser Town where Mr Novák used to live before the war, there is a hidden German sniper. One of the Soviet soldiers manages to kill him but he pays for his heroic feat with his life.. The broken-hearted Mr Novák wanders through Prague and meets an old lady who longs for the trams to start running. When her wish finally comes true, the old woman intercedes on behalf of a soldier who used to be a tram driver in Kiev when he was a civilian and would love to ride a tram again, at least for a little while. After they get off the tram together, the old lady starts crying, thinking of all the people that have already died in the war… The war is now only a memory, the lovers are meeting in the park and the children are playing.

Note

The stories Dušan and the General, Ginger and Onion came out in the collection May Stars in 1955. The story Blue Spark was not published until 1960 with the second edition.

Cast

Alexandr Chanov

generál

Jana Dítětová

Dušanova matka

Zdeněk Dítě

Dušanův otec

Jana Brejchová

učitelka Jana

Ladislav Pešek

řídící učitel

Vjačeslav Tichonov

poručík Andrej Rukavičkin

Michail Pugovkin

staršina

Miloš Nedbal

bývalý vězeň Novák

Leonid Bykov

tankista Aljoša

Nikolaj Krjučkov

sovětský seržant, bývalý tramvaják

František Kreuzmann

řidič tramvaje

Ota Motyčka

průvodčí

Marta Májová

stařenka

Jurij Bělov

pobočník

Nikolaj Dovženko

sovětský voják

Oleg Golubickij

sovětský voják

Leonid Čubarov

sovětský voják

František Vnouček

majitel domu

Marie Nademlejnská

sousedka pana Nováka

Marie Ježková

Bradáčová, Novákova sousedka

Věra Kalendová

domovnice

Heda Marková

žena v černém

Bohuš Rendl

domovník

Václav Trégl

koktavý muž v tramvaji

Karel Effa

montér

Jiřina Bohdalová

dívka v tramvaji

Jiřina Bílá

žena s kočárkem

Svatopluk Majer

řezník

Jiří Vondrovič

muž s rádiovkou v tramvaji

Valentin Knor

muž v tramvaji

Valentin Zubkov

sovětský voják

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Stanislav Strnad

Assistant Director

Viktor Karásek, Libuše Pražáková (2)

Shooting Script

Stanislav Rostockij

Camera Operator

Boris Šiškin

Production Designer

Chrudoš Uher

Set Designer

Karel Baštýř, František Zajíček

Sound Designer

Adolf Nacházel

Unit Production Manager

Petr Čapek, Mark Ružanskij

Cooperation

Jan Kňákal

Music

Music Composed by

Kirill Molčanov

Music Performed by

Orchestr Hlavní správy kinematografie SSSR

Music Conducted by

Grigorij Gamburg (Orchestr Hlavní správy kinematografie SSSR)

Songs

Svatá válka /Vstavaj strana ogromnaja/, Ech dorogy, Píseň o Praze

Songwriter

Alexandr Vasiljevič Alexandrov (Svatá válka /Vstavaj strana ogromnaja/), Kirill Molčanov (Píseň o Praze)

Writer of Lyrics

Vasilij I. Lebeděv-Kumač (Svatá válka /Vstavaj strana ogromnaja/)

Singer

sbor (Svatá válka /Vstavaj strana ogromnaja/), sbor (Ech dorogy)

Production info

Original Title

Májové hvězdy

English Title

May Stars

Parallel Title

Majskije zvezdy

Copyright

1959

Production Year

1959

Premiere

08.05.1959

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Feix – Daniel, František Daniel, Karel Feix

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 2. festival českých a slovenských filmů Plzeň

1960
Plzeň / Czechoslovakia