Death in the Sugar Island

adventure, drama

Typology

feature

Czech title

Smrt na Cukrovém ostrově

Runtime

93

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1961

Production year

1961

Premiere

20.07.1962

Language version

Czech

Director

Jiří Sequens

Synopsis

The young Czech physician Trojan flies into the tropical island of Port Phillippe, where he is due to wait for a few days for the arrival of the Czechoslovak merchant ship on which he will be working. The friendly French driver Jean takes him to the not very luxurious Bel Air Hotel. He is woken in the middle of the night by a distressed young woman who asks him in French for medical help for her father. Trojan helps the old man, who has suffered a heart attack, and he is surprised when the woman addresses the patient in Czech. In this way the young doctor learns of the strange fate of the attractive Kateřina, whose father, the journalist Pirner, had taken her into exile with him in 1948. In France the girl had married the emigrant Kadlec. The trio had then set off together for Australia, but had been forced to break their journey on the island because of the father's illness. After a time they had run out of funds and Kadlec had been working as a labourer to make a little money. Only departure from the lethal tropical climate can save Pirner. His daughter has caught the eye of a rich businessman Gilberti, and Pirner is willing to leave Kateřina in his "service" in return for money for an air ticket. Kateřina refuses, but her husband still takes the money and immediately loses it at cards. After another heart attack the father dies. Kateřina accepts Trojan's offer and after a dramatic escape from the island she manages to get to the Czechoslovak ship.

Cast

Marie Tomášová

Kateřina Kadlecová

Jiří Vala

MUDr. Trojan, lodní lékař

Jiří Holý

hotelový agent Milan Kadlec, Kateřinin muž

Rudolf Hrušínský

policejní komisař Appawou

Guy Decomble

řidič Jean

Zdeněk Štěpánek

lodní dodavatel Hanno Gilberti

František Smolík

redaktor Pirner, Kateřinin otec

Václav Lohniský

fotograf Frederik Hagen

Valtr Taub

Chrysomalis, majitel hotelu

Alena Karešová

sekretářka

Vladimír Navrátil

námořník

Egidio Bonanno

námořník

Bohumil Linka

námořník

Robert Vrchota

kapitán české lodi

Saša Grossová

host v baru

Věra Langrová

host v baru

Václav Podhorský

host v baru

Jaroslav Orlický

host v baru

Drahuše Hodrová

host v baru

Blanka Skalická

host v baru

Zdeněk Skalický

host v baru

Said Ami

tanečník

Hagi Amina

tanečnice

Moh Aša

tanečnice

C. Bassols

tanečnice

B. Bijoy

tanečník

I. Černý

tanečník

E. Danai

tanečnice

Dvořáčková

tanečnice

S. Edzang

tanečník

J. Folprecht

tanečník

J. Forejtek

tanečník

Afework

tanečnice

H. Haddjeri

tanečník

M. Hamitou

tanečník

Eva Hanková

tanečnice

M. Hunderson

tanečník

Alves

tanečník

J. Husák

tanečník

P. Christov

tanečník

M. Keita

tanečník

A. Kounouvo

tanečnice

A. Kovaříková

tanečnice

A. Křesáková

tanečnice

M.A. Ahmed

tanečník

C. Lamasiv

tanečnice

M. Maarfis

tanečník

Mironova

tanečnice

H. Nováková

tanečnice

H.W. Nyero

tanečník

Sharad Pawar

tanečník

Ali Paydar

tanečník

J. Prudký

tanečník

T. Přerovský

tanečník

Pulchartová

tanečnice

Rakotomalala

tanečnice

Rakotonaivo

tanečník

P. Rešl

tanečník

M. Rothová

tanečnice

Ola Samuel

tanečník

Agb. Seth

tanečník

Rana Shiva

tanečnice

G. Stará

tanečnice

S. Zhankar

tanečník

Milada Štekrová

tanečnice

J. Štichová

tanečnice

D. Šustrová

tanečnice

N.T. Thanh

tanečník

My Thien

tanečník

Tobing

tanečnice

B. Tomčeva

tanečnice

Renata Tůmová

tanečnice

Vavroušková

tanečnice

J. Vosátková

tanečnice

Ton-Nu-Ilan

tanečnice

Josef Havlín

hudebník

Khang Tran

hudebník

I. Beshir

hudebník

Ch. Beshir

hudebník

S. Baldé

hudebník

Randrianarivelo

tanečník/hudebník

Odula Odur

tanečník/hudebník

S. Diané

tanečník/hudebník

O. Bachid

tanečník/číšník

Abdulah Tahir

barman

Budinbu

barman

Abdellatif

číšník

R. David

číšník

James Miller Robinson

hotelový sluha Hasan

A. Fofana

čistič bot

Marcela Pražáková

cestující

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Vladimír Zelenka

Assistant Director

Alena Mikeťuková, Ota Koval

Screenstory

Jiří Sequens

Based on

Jiří S. Kupka (Port Phillippe – povídka ze sbírky Loď do Šanghaje)

Shooting Script

Jiří Sequens

Second Unit Photography

Alexandr Rašilov

Camera Operator

Oldřich Hubáček

Production Designer

Karel Lier

Set Designer

Vladimír Huja, Václav Štědronský, Bohuslav Varhaník

Costume Designer

Zdeněk Seydl, Bohumil Sochor

Film Editor

Jan Chaloupek

Sound Designer

Emil Poledník

Production Manager

Zdeněk Oves

Unit Production Manager

Vilém Henzel

Cooperation

Věra Kloubková, Doriana Felberová, Marie Tillerová, Jan Oliva

Music

Music Composed by

Wiliam Bukový

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO)

Choreographer

Frank Towen

Production info

Original Title

Smrt na Cukrovém ostrově

English Title

Death in the Sugar Island

Copyright

1961

Production Year

1961

Premiere

20.07.1962

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Šmída – Fikar, Ladislav Fikar, Bohumil Šmída

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Exhibition: 2. přehlídka a soutěž filmů z hlediska filmové techniky při IV. kongresu Mezinárodní unie filmových technických sdružení Turín

1961
Turín / Italy