The General

narrative

Typology

feature

Czech title

Generál

Runtime

0 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1960

Production year

1960

Language version

Czech

Director

Erwin Stranka

Synopsis

It is the end of the Second World War. The Nazi General surrenders. He is condemned and is serving his sentence in prison. When he is released, the circumstances in the German Federal Republic seem to be favourable toward the Nazis. The General's old army servant had been looking after his villa and has become a lover and protector of the General's daughter. The General's old fellow-fighters, who still meet in secret and are bringing up the young on their speeches and drinking bouts, take an interest in him. But the General is already old and doting. He doesn't notice the reality around him and is busy winning his imaginary battles on the battle-field models. The General's daughter gets rid of the now no longer necessary lover. The General dies, but many like him still remain.

Cast

Václav Trégl

generál

Věra Chytilová

generálova dcera

Zdeněk Kutil

generálův vojenský sluha

Jan Skopeček

násilník

Jan Schmidt

pacifista

Karel Slíva

Němec

Liška

Crew and creators

Based on

Karlludwig Opitz (Můj generál – román)

Production Designer

Jan Pacák

Make-Up Artist

Karel Holek

Production Manager

Jan Černý, Alena Lysoňková

Pedagogical management

Václav Wasserman (režie), František A. Dvořák (scénář), Miloš V. Kratochvíl (scénář), Bohumil Šmída (produkce), Václav Hanuš (kamera), Antonín Zelenka (střih)

Cooperation

Piro Milkani, Pavel Mertl, Sheila Ochová, Alexander Strelinger

Music

Selected Music

Bernhard Flies (Ukolébavka /Schlafe, mein Prinzchen/)

Production info

Original Title

Generál

English Title

The General

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

narrative

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1960

Production Year

1960

Production

Studio FAMU

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Technical info

Versions

Czech