Fetters

drama, psychological

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Pouta

Runtime

90 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1961

Production year

1961

Premiere

22.09.1961

Language version

Czech

Director

Karel Kachyňa

Synopsis

The veterinarian Jiří Klimeš is an outstanding expert in his field. He comes from a poor family; he was raised by his uncle and aunt in the village of Štěpánov. This is where he met his first true love, Magda Muzikářová, but after his graduation he married the well off Sylva. Years later, he meets Magda again in Štěpánov, where he has come to perform a risky operation that saves a precious bullock for his fellow-farmers. The meeting rekindles old emotions. Klimeš realizes bitterly how many years he has wasted in the petit-bourgeois environment of Sylva and her family. Sylva senses that her marriage is in danger and insists that Jiří accept a post in town, where she also uses her connections to get a luxurious flat for them. She sells her half of the family villa to buy a new car. Jiří is already certain he doesn't care for that kind of life. He wants to divorce her and start a new life with Magda but is unable to reach a decision. Only in Štěpánov where, drunk, he is taken by his uncle to assist in a difficult delivery of a favourite mare's foal, does Jiří understand that this is his last chance to rid himself of the fetters of his petit-bourgeois life and return to his work and his people, perhaps also his love.

Cast

Radovan Lukavský

MVDr. Jiří Klimeš

Blanka Bohdanová

Sylva, Klimešová manželka

Jiřina Švorcová

zemědělská instruktorka Magda Muzikářová

Zdeněk Kutil

předseda JZD Jožka Muzikář, Magdin bratr

Zdeněk Štěpánek

děda Klimeš, Jiřího strýc

Jarmila Kurandová

Klimešova žena, Jiřího teta

Milada Vítová

Vintrová, Sylviina matka

Luděk Munzar

MVDr. Němeček

Ilja Prachař

ředitel jatek Bartoněk

Petr Kostka

mladý družstevník zvaný Elegán

Josef Koza

družstevník Truxa

Milan Holubář

Šnajdr, kupec vily

Anna Ferencová

Šnajdrová

Karel Duba

hudebník

Sláva Kunst

hudebník

Karel Pilar

hudebník

Pavel Vitoch

hudebník

Jiří Zeman

hudebník

Lubomír Černý

hudebník

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Věra Ženíšková

Assistant Director

Hynek Bočan, Eva Mičulková

Screenstory

Jan Procházka

Second Unit Photography

Josef Pechar

Camera Operator

Zdeněk Prchlík

Production Designer

Karel Černý

Set Designer

Václav Štědronský, Libor Speychal

Film Editor

Jan Chaloupek

Production Manager

František Milič

Unit Production Manager

Eva Kučerová, Václav Havlík

Cooperation

Marie Tillerová, Jana Riegelová, Oldřich Okáč

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Srnka

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Pouta

English Title

Fetters

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

drama, psychological

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1961

Production Year

1961

Premiere

22.09.1961

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Novotný – Kubala, Bedřich Kubala, Ladislav Novotný

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

90 min

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 12. filmový festival pracujících

1961
24 měst / Czechoslovakia