Fortress on the Rhine

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1962

Production year

1962

Premiere

21 December 1962

Runtime

89 min

Director

Ivo Toman

Category

film

Genre

drama, psychological

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Pevnost na Rýně

Czech title

Pevnost na Rýně

English title

Fortress on the Rhine

Synopsis

During the Second World War, an old fortress is transformed into a detention camp for arrested allied generals who the Germans provide with every possible comfort. In the nearby garrison camp, however, hundreds of captured private soldiers try to survive hunger and cold. The commander of the fortress, General von Hoppe, personally accompanies a new prisoner - the American general Attwood. His luggage is carried by the French sergeant Vannier who watches the generals' luxury with astonishment - tables covered with food, black band playing on the terrace. The sergeant warns the generals that ten captured soldiers are to be executed in the camp to teach the rest a lesson. The oldest general, Englishman Gordon, persuades his colleagues to hold a hunger strike. In restrospect, we then watch experiences of some of the commanders preceding their arrest - the French Grémillon, the Dutch van Hoorn and Attwood. They all, in certain decisive moments of their lives, preferred military training to a human solution. The hunger strike severely deteriorates the health of General Gordon, who is suffering from diabetes. Von Hoppe capitulates and calls the execution off. Soon, however, he breaks his promise and ten captured soldiers are indeed shot. But the recovered Gordon is satisfied, anyway - for it was not the lives of the soldiers that were the issue but the gesture, which will come handy one day when the acts of the generals will be evaluated after the war. Many years later, Attwood welcomes an old friend in New York - the same von Hoppe.

Cast

Zdzisław Mrożewski

Dubbing Jaroslav Raušer
anglický generál sir Arthur Gordon

Karel Höger

holandský admirál van Hoorn

Bohumil Šmída

Dubbing Felix le Breux
americký generál Tim Attwood

Norbert Christian

Dubbing Václav Voska
francouzský generál Jean-Paul Grémillom

Wilhelm Koch-Hooge

Dubbing Ladislav Boháč
německý generál von Hoppe, velitel pevnosti

Wanda Spinka

Dubbing Jana Dítětová
holandská barmanka

Józef Kostecki

Dubbing Vladimír Ráž
MUDr. Lorenz, lékař v pevnosti

Radovan Lukavský

holandský admirál Nielsen

Fred Düren

Dubbing Josef Langmiler
francouzský seržant Vannier

Egidio Bonanno

Dubbing Zdeněk Dítě
italský partyzán

Petr Čech

holandský námořník Petr

Vera Čukić

Dubbing Blanka Bohdanová
italská dívka

Eduard Dubský

major cizinecké legie

Jürgen Frohriep

Dubbing Bohumil Švarc
německý námořník

Jiří Holý

kapitán

Svatava Hubeňáková

Tamara, děvče z baru

Josef Chvalina

kněz cizinecké legie

Zdeněk Kutil

Dubbing Josef Větrovec
seržant, řidič nákladního automobilu

Jindřich Narenta

adjutant von Hoppeho

Miloš Nedbal

francouzský generál

Jiří Vršťala

seržant cizinecké legie

Oldřich Velen

Dubbing Josef Patočka
holandský námořník Ludva

Jan Maška

návštěvník

Slávka Hamouzová

pokladní v baru

Josef Havlín

hudebník

A. Essaw

Sahi

Jiří Mucha

plukovník

J. Šimon

kapitán Crawford

M. Šrámková

uklízečka

Myriam Sello-Christian

Dubbing

Oldřich Hoblík

hlas italského hlasatele

Crew and creators

Director

Ivo Toman

Second Unit Director

Otakar Fuka

Assistant Director

Dagmar Perlová, Pavel Mertl

Shooting Script

Ivo Toman

Director of Photography

Josef Illík

Second Unit Photography

Jiří Ployhar

Camera Operator

Emil Sirotek

Production Designer

Bohuslav Kulič

Assistent Production Designer

Věra Líznerová

Set Designer

Bedřich Čermák, Jiří Drégr, František Straka

Costume Designer

Karel Postřehovský

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Assistant Film Editor

Anna Křemenová

Sound Designer

Emil Poledník, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Production Manager

Zdeněk Oves

Unit Production Manager

Jiří Kamarýt, Otakar Jiříček

Unit Production Manager

Doriana Felberová, Vilém Henzel

Consultant

plk. František Nevěřil

Cooperation

Doriana Felberová (klapka), Josef Janoušek (fotograf)

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Šust

Songs

Deutschlandlied /německá hymna/

Songwriter Joseph Haydn
Writer of Lyrics August Heinrich Hoffmann

Production info

Original Title

Pevnost na Rýně

Czech Title

Pevnost na Rýně

English Title

Fortress on the Rhine

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama, psychological

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1962

Production Year

1962

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 24 June 1961
technical Screenplay approved 28 December 1961
start of filming 6 January 1962
end of filming 29 July 1962
projection approval 4 October 1962

Premiere

premiere 21 December 1962 /unsuitable for youths/ (kino Alfa /3 týdny/, Praha)
premiere 21 December 1962 /unsuitable for youths/ (celostátní)

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Barrandov

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

89 min

Original length in metres

2 541 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,85, 1:2,35

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech