Looking the People Full in the Face

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1961

Production year

1960—1961

Premiere

1 September 1961

Runtime

73 min

Category

film

Genre

psychological

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Pohled do očí

Czech title

Pohled do očí

English title

Looking the People Full in the Face

Synopsis

The carefree life of Olga Valentová, a young successful woman working at the export department of the Tatra works, is unpleasantly affected by the news that she has been moved to a branch office in the small town of Kopřivnice. Olga doesn't want to leave Prague and chooses to accept her boyfriend Martin's marriage offer although she doesn't love him. The factory director is displeased with her decision and in their conversation brings up the subject of her courageous father, a member of the Czechoslovak Communist Party. Major Vlado Krepnár also talks to her about her father, whom he knew and respected. Krepnár has come to Prague to investigate a criminal case. Olga doesn't know that her ambition - driven ex-husband is the suspect he is after. Years ago, the husband was unfaithful to her, then acted dishonestly and finally divorced Olga. He is now wanted for embezzlement and is trying to flee the country. Before his flight, the ex-husband invites Olga to the station restaurant where Krepnár and his men arrest him before her very eyes. Affected by her husband's fate, Olga remembers her late father and reaches a decision. She cancels her engagement to Martin and goes to Kopřivnice to work and live a life that would make her able to look her father in the eye. And she hopes to meet Vlado again.

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Cast

Jiřina Jirásková

úřednice Olga Valentová

Ladislav Chudík

major Vlado Krepnár

Josef Langmiler

Martin Vlach, redaktor časopisu Naše zahrádka

Josef Vinklář

Petr Valenta, Olžin bývalý muž

Blažena Holišová

Hanka Vitáková, Olžina kolegyně

Bohumil Švarc

Bohouš Tesařík, Hančin přítel

Bedřich Prokoš

ředitel Čermák zvaný Krutibrko

František Horák

komunista Jan Kubeš, Olžin otec

Vladimír Stach

příslušník StB Karel

Marie Brožová

Olžina teta

Luba Skořepová

Kubešová, Olžina matka

Aida Glosová

Petrova sekretářka

Zuzana Ondrouchová

Olga jako dívka

Josef Vorel

gestapák

Jaroslav Kříž

poručík Záhora

Karel Hovorka

příslušník SNB

Miloslav Novák

úředník gestapa

Miroslav Kefurt

hudebník

Karel Pilar

hudebník

V. Voborník

hudebník

Jiří Herrmann

kamelot

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Jaroslav Beránek

Assistant Director

Zdena Pavlátová, Milan Kadlec

Based on

Oldřich Daněk (Pohled do očí – divadelní hra)

Screenplay

Oldřich Daněk

Shooting Script

Oldřich Daněk

Director of Photography

Vladimír Novotný

Second Unit Photography

Miloš Petrolín

Camera Operator

Václav Helliman, Emil Hora

Production Designer

Karel Škvor

Assistent Production Designer

Oldřich Okáč

Set Designer

Jiří Cvrček, Petr Škorpil, Jan Vrňata

Costume Designer

Lída Novotná

Assistant Film Editor

Růžena Hejsková

Sound Designer

František Fabián, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Production Manager

Věra Kadlecová

Unit Production Manager

Václav Havlík, Karel Škorpík

Cooperation

Jana Říčánková

Music

Music Composed by

Jan F. Fischer

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by Štěpán Koníček), Orchestr Karla Vlacha

Production info

Original Title

Pohled do očí

Czech Title

Pohled do očí

English Title

Looking the People Full in the Face

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

psychological

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1961

Production Year

1960—1961

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 3 August 1960
start of filming 11 September 1960
technical Screenplay approved 28 September 1960
end of filming 30 January 1961
projection approval 18 April 1961

Premiere

premiere 1 September 1961 /suitable for youths/ (kina Lucerna /3 týdny/, Kyjev /1 týden/, Flora /1 týden od 8. 9./ a Kotva /1 týden od 15. 9./, Praha)
premiere 1 September 1961 /suitable 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

73 min

Original length in metres

2 066 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