Spring Breeze

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1961

Production year

1960

Premiere

24 February 1961

Runtime

106 min

Category

film

Genre

drama, psychological

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Jarní povětří

Czech title

Jarní povětří

English title

Spring Breeze

Synopsis

It is spring 1948, soon after the February putsch in Czechoslovakia when the Communists seized power in the country. The student Jana Stiborová takes part in gatherings and debates, but does so mainly to please her boyfriend, the medical student Jindra who is an active Communist. Jana comes from the well-established family of an official, and therefore tries to seal off her love affair from her parents. The dominant father tries to rule Jana's life and wants her to remain as apolitical as himself. Jana, however, wants to take part in the period events and applies for membership in the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia. Jindra considers her act false due to her family background and his reaction results in a rupture between the lovers. The Stibor family celebrates Jana's birthday in their apartment and Jindra unexpectedly comes over to congratulate the girl. There is a quarrel between him and Stibor and Jindra is thrown out of the flat. Jana cannot bear the subsequent split. But even Jindra himself realizes that he had handled the girl too harshly and had proven himself unable to help her. Jana is deeply hurt when she finds out how hypocritical her father is when he decides to enter the Communist Party for the sake of his career. Moreover, Jana learns from a secretly heard discussion between her parents that the seemingly perfect marriage is only a formal matter. The quarrel with her father results in her ultimately leaving home. Although they explain everything to each other with Jindra, Jana decides to stand up on her own and moves to a student's dormitory.

Note

The film was created on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the foundation of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia.

Cast

Libuše Švormová

studentka Jana Stiborová

Jiří Vala

medik Jindra, Janin chlapec

Karel Höger

prokurista Karel Stibor, Janin otec

Marie Vášová

Anna, Stiborova žena, Janina matka

Blanka Bohdanová

studentka Zorka Doležalová

Ivan Mistrík

student práv Alek

Zdeněk Řehoř

Petr Malec

Felix le Breux

JUDr.Benda, Alkův otec

Dalimil Klapka

student Ivan

František Šlégr

vrchní Kostečka

Josef Koza

muž na schůzi

Ivan Růžička

Vašek

Jiří Valenta

medik Valenta

Iva Janžurová

copatá studentka

Václav Mareš

student práv Kamil

Arnošt Faltýnek

předseda MO KSČ

Jiří Martínek

student

Zdeňka Polívková

studentka

Pavel Brezina

student

Rudolf Horák

student

Jan Liška

student

Ludmila Řandová

studentka

Jaroslav Jaroš

student

P. Pištora

student

J. Šulc

student

Vladimír Huber

starší muž na schůzi

Eliška Novotná (2)

zapisovatelka

doc. PhDr. Miloš Kaláb

docent

Zdeňka Černá

Líba, Kejmarova žena

Jan Pohan

Dvořák

B. Mareš

číšník

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Martin Hollý

Assistant Director

Zdena Štekrová, Václav Matějka

Based on

Jan Otčenášek (Občan Brych – román)

Shooting Script

Ladislav Helge

Director of Photography

Josef Novotný

Second Unit Photography

Josef Pávek

Camera Operator

Bohumil Paris

Production Designer

Karel Lier

Set Designer

Zdeněk Jeřábek, Petr Škorpil, Václav Štědronský

Costume Designer

Karel Postřehovský

Sound Designer

Jiří Pavlík, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Production Manager

Rudolf Fencl

Unit Production Manager

Jiří Kamarýt, Jaroslav Jaroš

Unit Production Manager

Olga Mimrová

Consultant

doc. PhDr. Miloš Kaláb

Cooperation

Zdena Švarcová, Vlasta Rubášová, Jan Oliva

Music

Music Composed by

Svatopluk Havelka

Selected Music

Ludwig van Beethoven (Symfonie č.5 c moll /Osudová/ – převztatá)

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by František Belfín),

Songs

Chattanooga Choo Choo

Songwriter Harry Warren

Proti větru

Songwriter Jaroslav Ježek
Writer of Lyrics Jan WerichJiří Voskovec
Singer sbor

Pochod rudých námořníků

Singer sborové pískání

Ezop a brabenec

Songwriter Jaroslav Ježek

Production info

Original Title

Jarní povětří

Czech Title

Jarní povětří

English Title

Spring Breeze

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama, psychological

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1961

Production Year

1960

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 13 April 1960
technical Screenplay approved 23 May 1960
start of filming 8 July 1960
end of filming 4 November 1960
projection approval 20 January 1961

Premiere

premiere 24 February 1961 /suitable for youths/ (celostátní)
preview 24 February 1961 (kino Sevastopol /1 týden/, Praha)
premiere 8 March 1961 /suitable for youths/ (kina Lucerna /1 týden/, Flora /1 týden/ a Odboj /1 týden/, Praha)
renewed premiere 19 February 1970 /suitable for youths/ (kino Letka, Praha)

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Barrandov, Hostivař

Distribution

Ústřední půjčovna filmů (původní 1961 a obnovená 1971)

Creative Group

Tvůrčí skupina Šebor – Bor, Vladimír Bor (vedoucí dramaturg tvůrčí skupiny), Jiří Šebor (vedoucí výroby tvůrčí skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

106 min

Original length in metres

3 021 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