Birds of Passage

drama

Typology

feature

Czech title

Tažní ptáci

Runtime

78

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1961

Production year

1961

Premiere

10.11.1961

Language version

Czech

Director

Jaroslav Mach

Screenplay

Miloš Velínský, Jaroslav Mach

Screenstory

Jaroslav Zrotal

Synopsis

After a short rest, tunnel man Vojta Balvín has begun to work on another construction site. He celebrates the reunion with his friends in the local pub. Vojta is an excellent and experienced worker, and thus, with a clear conscience and with the help of old Kožich, writes a letter about the exemplary work of his gang to his son Jenda. The next morning, however, the gang oversleeps and receives a public reprimand. The offended Vojta attacks the management of the construction site and his name appears on the so-called "notice board of dishonour". Jenda, inspired by the letter, writes an enthusiastic essay on his father and his work gang. However, his words are taken as empty boasting by his schoolmates. Jenda fights them for insulting his father. Without his mother's knowledge, he then sets off to meet his father at the construction site, arriving at a dramatic moment. His father has got lodged under a big boulder and his life is in danger. His co-workers manage to disengage him only with great effort - and grateful Vojta finds out that those who helped the most were the very people he considered his enemies. After he comes through, however, he still has to face the reproach of little Jenda, who found his father's name on the board of dishonour.

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Cast

Jaroslav Rozsíval

tunelář Vojta Balvín

Martin Růžek

tunelář Ferda Kožich

Jan Skopeček

tunelářský pomocník Tonda Hladík

Oldřich Lukeš

střelmistr Vostrý

Jan Pohan

inženýr Hlavsa

Jiří Kostka

mistr Verbek

Eva Blažková

referentka Eva Horáková

Jaroslav Moučka

minér Štefan Pacalaj

Věra Tichánková

kantýnská Božka

Běla Jurdová

knihovnice Marie, Balvínova žena

Jiří Kříž

Jenda, syn Balvínových

Vladimír Klemens

kočí Forejt

Oldřich Velen

hostinský

František Krahulík

vozíčkář

Emil Rohan

vozíčkář

Miloslav Včala

učitel

M. Svoboda

Viglaský

Jiří Štěpnička

žák Kučera

Josef Drnek

harmonikář

Oleg Reif

dělník

Emma Kubalová

stará paní

Ela Šilarová

Kučerová

Zdeněk Týle

tlustý pán

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Václav Berdych

Assistant Director

Jarmila Hurychová, Helena Rohanová

Screenstory

Jaroslav Zrotal

Shooting Script

Jaroslav Mach

Second Unit Photography

Stanislav Kautský

Camera Operator

Jaroslav Kaiser

Production Designer

Milan Nejedlý

Set Designer

Ivo Černý, Vladimír Mácha

Costume Designer

Fernand Vácha

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Sound Designer

Adolf Böhm

Production Manager

Ladislav Kalaš

Unit Production Manager

Adolf Široký, Josef Mathauser

Unit Production Manager

Luděk Marold

Consultant

František Hoření, Jan Colombini

Cooperation

Eliška Švarcová, Jiří Hlupý, Vlasta Gallerová

Music

Music Composed by

Štěpán Lucký

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Songs

Včera neděle byla, Cestářská, Slza

Songwriter

Jiří Šlitr (Včera neděle byla), lidová starofrancouzská píseň (Cestářská)

Singer

Rudolf Pellar (Slza)

Production info

Original Title

Tažní ptáci

English Title

Birds of Passage

Working Title

Údolí divů

Copyright

1961

Production Year

1961

Premiere

10.11.1961

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Šmída – Fikar, Ladislav Fikar, Bohumil Šmída

Technical info

Versions

Czech