Gates

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production year

1963

Runtime

11 min

Category

film

Genre

drama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionstudent filmshort

Original title

Závory

Czech title

Závory

English title

Gates

Synopsis

A young engineer visits the deputy director of his factory with a rationalization proposal he had found in the factory archives and which he would like to work on. When Petr, the deputy director realizes that the author of the proposal was his former schoolmate and friend Pepík Lukeš, he drifts off into memories. Four years ago, when Petr began to work in the factory, he met Pepík, who worked in the construction department. Pepík had problems with his unfaithful wife. He began to drink and miss shifts. Petr first reproached and advised his friend, but then began to keep away from him. By way of punishment, Pepík was transferred to the workshop to work manually with a machine. He submitted a rationalization proposal, but when Petr was supposed to support him, he refused to vouch for his former friend, fearing for his own position. One freezing night, drunk Pepík went home on a bicycle and hit the railway gates in the dark. His wife did not let him in the house. He went for help at Petr's but Petr was being visited by his fiancé and turned Pepík down. The severely injured man was not found until the morning and died in the hospital of visceral bleeding. Petr returns to present from his memories. To the young engineer, it seems that the deputy director does not agree with his proposal, and takes it back. Petr reproaches him for his lack of courage and responsibility - for the very same qualities with which he has been unable to cope in his conscience.

Cast

Zdeněk Řehoř

Pepík Lukeš

Vilém Besser

náměstek Petr

Blažena Holišová

Jarka, Pepíkova žena

Ota Sklenčka

ředitel podniku

Josef Abrhám

inženýr

Jiří Sovák

opilý kumpán

Čestmír Řanda

opilý kumpán

Jiří Bruder

hostinský

Crew and creators

Director of Photography

Michail Genkov

Production Designer

Aleš Voleman

Sound Designer

Oldřich Tichý, Hanuš Silvera, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Pedagogical management

Elmar Klos (režie), Václav Sklenář (scénář), Eduard Landisch (kamera), Bohumil Šmída (produkce), Josef Dobřichovský (střih)

Cooperation

František Čtvrtník, Julie Domastová, Miroslav Dousek, František Dvořáček, Jaroslava Götzová, Monika Kallaunerová, Josef Kozel, Miroslav Krippner, Václav Krolop, Jiří Macák, Milan Milo, Antonín Navrátil, Bohuslav Parkan, Petr Ruttner, Anna Smrštíková, Antonín Vlasák

Music

Music Composed by

Angelo Michajlov

Music Performed by

FISYO,

Songs

Ó, hřebíčku zahradnický

Singer Zdeněk ŘehořČestmír ŘandaJiří Sovák

Když se ten Tálínskej rybník nahání

Singer Čestmír ŘandaJiří Sovák

Green Fields /Zelené pláně/

Songwriter tradicionál
Writer of Lyrics Terry GilkysonRich DehrFrank Miller
Singer sbor

Production info

Original Title

Závory

Czech Title

Závory

English Title

Gates

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionstudent film

Genre

drama

Student film

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production Year

1963

Production

Studio FAMU

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Technical info

Duration typology

short film

Duration in minutes

11 min

Original length in metres

290 meters

Distribution carrier

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