Fetters

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1961

Production year

1960—1961

Premiere

22 September 1961

Runtime

90 min

Category

film

Genre

drama, psychological

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Pouta

Czech title

Pouta

English title

Fetters

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

Director of Photography

Václav Huňka

Second Unit Photography

Josef Pechar

Camera Operator

Zdeněk Prchlík

Production Designer

Karel Černý

Assistent Production Designer

Oldřich Okáč

Set Designer

Václav Štědronský, Libor Speychal

Film Editor

Jan Chaloupek

Assistant Film Editor

Marie Tillerová

Production Manager

František Milič

Unit Production Manager

Eva Kučerová, Václav Havlík

Cooperation

Jana Riegelová

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Srnka

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by František Belfín)

Production info

Original Title

Pouta

Czech Title

Pouta

English Title

Fetters

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama, psychological

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1961

Production Year

1960—1961

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 20 July 1960
technical Screenplay approved 17 September 1960
start of filming 15 October 1960
end of filming 9 February 1961
projection approval 18 April 1961

Premiere

premiere 22 September 1961 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Lucerna /2 týdny/, Arbes /1 týden/ a Kyjev /1 týden od 29. 9./, Praha)
premiere 22 September 1961 /unsuitable for youths/ (celostátní)

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Hostivař

Creative Group

Tvůrčí skupina Novotný – Kubala, Bedřich Kubala (vedoucí dramaturg tvůrčí skupiny), Ladislav Novotný (vedoucí výroby tvůrčí skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

90 min

Original length in metres

2 569 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 12. filmový festival pracujících

1961
24 měst / Czechoslovakia