Life without a Guitar

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1962

Production year

1962

Premiere

22 February 1963

Runtime

86 min

Category

film

Genre

narrative

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Život bez kytary

Czech title

Život bez kytary

English title

Life without a Guitar

Synopsis

A group of jolly young people work in the Prague Tesla factory, also spending most of their leisure time together. One of them, guitar player Zdeněk, begins to shun his friends' company. He has fallen in love with Věra, who does not belong to the group. The happy-go-lucky young man already has several acquaintances and has his own method to get a girl: to take his motorcycle, his guitar and a bottle of wine and take her to a rented houseboat. Věra, however, is different and gets angry at Zdeněk. But she is fond of him and thus eventually spends a whole evening with him on the houseboat. At a preventative medical examination, the doctor tells Věra she is pregnant. The young couple is helpless in the matter. Zdeněk is to leave for military service soon, they both are yet to finish their adult education classes, and therefore decide for abortion. None of them, however, is happy. Zdeněk is moreover afraid of losing Věra after the operation. He runs to the hospital and takes her away at the last moment.

Cast

Monika Pošívalová

Věra Petráková

Jaroslav Vízner

Zdeněk Jelínek

Dana Medřická

Věřina matka

Miroslav Doležal

Věřin otec

Věra Tichánková

Zdeňkova matka

Ema Navrátilová

Daniela

Juraj Štúr

Fanda, Zdeňkův bratr

Miluše Dreiseitlová

Jitka, Věřina kamarádka

Miroslav Nohýnek

Pavel, Jitčin přítel

Magda Krásná

Eva

Ivo Palec

manžel Věřiny spolužačky

Rudolf Jelínek

tanečník

Ludmila Teytzová

Jarka

Jiří Tuček

Vašek

Josef Koza

prodavač automobilů

Zdeněk Braunschläger

montér v prodejně automobilů

František Miroslav Doubrava

profesor večerní školy

Zdeněk Martínek

vojenský lékař

Věra Hubálková

Ajka

Dagmar Zikánová

žena v čekárně

Miloslav Šindler

příslušník SNB

Milada Lukašovská

lékařka

Richard Fremund

muž vykloněný z auta

Jan Odl

branec

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Jan Schmidt, Zdeněk Forman

Assistant Director

Jaromír Borek

Script Supervisor

Jiřina Matiasková

Shooting Script

Jiří Hanibal

Director of Photography

Jan Němeček

Second Unit Photography

Ivan Šlapeta

Camera Operator

Jiří Macháně

Production Designer

Milan Nejedlý

Assistent Production Designer

Jiří Hlupý

Set Designer

Miloslav Dvořák, Jan Drvota, Miroslav Fára

Costume Designer

Ester Krumbachová

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Assistant Film Editor

Anna Křemenová

Sound Designer

František Strangmüller, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Production Manager

Jaroslav Prokop

Unit Production Manager

Antonín Kubový, Karel Prchal

Unit Production Manager

Jordan Balurov

Cooperation

Marie Koubková (klapka)

Music

Music Composed by

Evžen Illín

Music Performed by

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

Songs

Hádej Matyldo /Waltzing Matilda/

Songwriter tradicionál
Writer of Lyrics Jiří Štaidl
Singer sbor

Písnička pro Zuzanu

Songwriter Jiří Šlitr
Writer of Lyrics Jiří Suchý
Singer sbor

Krásná je Havaj

Singer Ema Navrátilová

Production info

Original Title

Život bez kytary

Czech Title

Život bez kytary

English Title

Life without a Guitar

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

narrative

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1962

Production Year

1962

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 3 January 1962
technical Screenplay approved 18 May 1962
start of filming 7 June 1962
end of filming 24 September 1962
projection approval 23 November 1962

Premiere

preview 15 February 1963 (kino Sevastopol /1 týden/, Praha)
premiere 22 February 1963 /unsuitable for youths/ (kino Pasáž /3 týdny/, Praha)
premiere 22 February 1963 /unsuitable for youths/ (celostátní)

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Hostivař

Creative Group

Tvůrčí skupina Šmída – Fikar, Ladislav Fikar (vedoucí dramaturg tvůrčí skupiny), Bohumil Šmída (vedoucí výroby tvůrčí skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

86 min

Original length in metres

2 446 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