Labyrinth of the Heart

drama

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Labyrint srdce

Runtime

88 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1961

Production year

1961

Premiere

21.11.1961

Language version

Czech

Director

Jiří Krejčík

Synopsis

In 1955, Czechoslovakia grants amnesty for those who emigrated to the West after the War. Many of them are already returning but the solitary Mrs Kociánová still waits in vain for her only son Pavel. Despite her protests, the authorities move a lodger into her flat, Tomáš Stach, a maintenance man. Anna Kociánová does her best to keep Jana Vávrová, Pavel's fiancée, hoping that Pavel will return. The young teacher visits Pavel's mother out of compassion but her affection for the son is a thing of the past. She had been surprised to find out how little she knew Pavel when he never came to say goodbye to her. Kociánová tries to enquire about Pavel among those who have returned, but to no avail. In the meantime, Jana falls in love with Tomáš Stach. One evening, an unknown man visits Anna Kociánová. He introduces himself as Jonáš and claims that Pavel, whom he knows, is returning soon. Then he leaves for Prague, allegedly to obtain his documents. Janík, one of the returning émigrés finds Mrs Kociánová's story about Jonáš suspicious. Soon after, an open package arrives from Germany and it so happens that Stach is there to collect it. He is afraid to give it to the unfortunate mother, as it contains things left after Pavel's tragic death. As a precaution, Janík accompanies Mrs Kociánová when she goes to meet Jonáš. He recognizes the man as the agent Just, but the villain shoots him dead on the street that evening. Surrounded by the police, Just kills himself. Stach tells the broken-hearted Mrs Kociánová about her son's death.

Note

The original play by František Pavlíček was first staged under the title The Black Flag; later on, the author revised and renamed it Labyrinth of the Heart.

Cast

Marie Vášová

Anna Kociánová

Luděk Munzar

montér Tomáš Stach

Jana Brejchová

učitelka ve školce Jana Vávrová

Jiří Pleskot

zedník Janík, navrátilec z emigrace

Jiřina Bohdalová

prodavačka Marta Kavalírová

František Smolík

listonoš Probošt

Karol Machata

agent Just alias Vilém Jonáš

Bedřich Prokoš

Janin otec

Věra Tichánková

Janina matka

Zuzana Stivínová

Tomášova kamarádka

Vlastimil Hašek

Tomášův kamarád Honza

Václav Lohniský

referent bytového úřadu

Josef Hlinomaz

malíř pokojů

Vladimír Menšík

muž obtěžující Janu

Zdeněk Pelc

Martínek

Věra Kubánková

Martínkova matka

Zdeněk Řehoř

úředník

Karel Pavlík

domovník

Stanislava Seimlová

zpěvačka v kavárně

Bohuš Hradil

vedoucí Pramenu

Josef Koza

zedník

Vratislav Blažek

navrátilec z emigrace

Josef Kozák

starý muž na noční ulici

František Suk

listonoš

Rudolf Horák

Janin známý

Blažena Slavíčková

žena na noční ulici

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Věra Ženíšková

Assistant Director

Dagmar Nováková, René Mattes

Based on

František Pavlíček (Labyrint srdce – divadelní hra)

Shooting Script

Jiří Krejčík

Second Unit Photography

Milan Duda

Camera Operator

Bohumil Vodička

Production Designer

Karel Škvor

Set Designer

Libor Speychal, Václav Štědronský

Costume Designer

Erna Veselá, Ladislav Tomek

Sound Designer

František Fabián

Production Manager

František Milič

Unit Production Manager

Eva Kučerová, Václav Havlík

Unit Production Manager

Eva Langerová

Consultant

Ladislav Vandůrek

Cooperation

Jana Riegelová, Růžena Hejsková, Oldřich Okáč

Music

Music Composed by

Zdeněk Liška

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Songs

Je nebe jako šmolka, Sněhulák, Čekám na tvé zavolání, Pásla ovečky

Songwriter

Zdeněk Liška (Je nebe jako šmolka), Zdeněk Liška (Sněhulák), lidová píseň (Pásla ovečky)

Writer of Lyrics

Marie Žahourková (Je nebe jako šmolka), Marie Žahourková (Sněhulák), lidová píseň (Pásla ovečky)

Singer

Stanislava Seimlová [dab] (Je nebe jako šmolka), ženský hlas (Sněhulák), Jiří Vašíček (Čekám na tvé zavolání), dětský sbor (Pásla ovečky)

Production info

Original Title

Labyrint srdce

English Title

Labyrinth of the Heart

Category

Film

Typology

feature

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1961

Production Year

1961

Premiere

21.11.1961

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Feix – Brož, Miloš Brož, Karel Feix

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

88 min

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Event: Státní ceny za rok 1961

1962
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Marie Vášová

Vítěz

Festival: 4. festival českých a slovenských filmů Košice

1962
Košice / Czechoslovakia
Marie Vášová

Vítěz

Festival: 4. festival českých a slovenských filmů Košice

1962
Košice / Czechoslovakia