A Fresh Start

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production year

1962—1963

Premiere

13 March 1964

Runtime

81 min

Category

film

Genre

narrative

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Začít znova

Czech title

Začít znova

English title

A Fresh Start

Working title

Důl mládeže Stonava / Před námi život / Poprvé sami

Synopsis

Young Jan Stehlík signs up for a volunteer brigade at the construction site of a new mine. On the train, travelling to the site, he meets a pretty girl named Alena, who falls in love with him. To the superficial Jan, she does not mean anything, and when the girl becomes his lover, he is rude to the girl and keeps insulting her. Alena's relationship worries the honest Josef who loves her deeply. But Alena now can think only of Jan. The other occasional team-workers, too, have their worries. To Milan, who only buggers about, it is his father, who confiscated his motorcycle. Lída's father, for a change, wants to talk her out of her love to the Gypsy Michal. The dream of all the occasional labourers is to work on a shaft, a place of big earnings. Both Jan and Josef manage to get there. Jan's light-mindedness, however, causes the heavy bucket to crash, resulting in a serious financial loss. The mine engineer therefore bans all the occasional labourers from working at the site, thus depriving them of good earnings. His friends even fight with Jan and the young man, refusing to understand what mistakes he has made, decides to leave. At the railway station, Josef tries to convince him to stay, but in vain. Alena, in vain, too, reminds him of her love at the station. Alena then returns with the new occasional workers, aware there is a fresh start ahead of her.

Cast

Slavo Záhradník

Dubbing Jan Tříska
brigádník Jan Stehlík

Milena Dvorská

Dubbing Alena Kreuzmannová
brigádnice Alena

Rudolf Jelínek

brigádník Josef

Dušan Lenci

cikánský brigádník Michal

Jana Břežková

brigádnice Lída, Michalova snoubenka

Ladislav Křiváček

brigádník Milan

Ladislav Trojan

tajemník ČSM Petr

Vladimír Menšík

řidič Mechl

Rudolf Deyl ml.

Lídin otec

Otto Lackovič

hlubič Timko

Robert Vrchota

řidič nákladního auta

Adolf Král

hlubič Choleva

Ota Sklenčka

Milanův otec

Vlasta Faicová

brigádnice Milada

Karel Meister ml.

brigádník Lojzík

František Šec

důlní inženýr

Ladislav Gzela

železničář

Anna Pitašová

průvodčí

Pavel Mráček

Vlastík

Otto Šimánek

brigádník

Vladimír Linka

brigádník

Josef Kobr

reportér

Ferdinand Krůta

šedovlasý muž

Ludvík Wolf

brigádník

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Jiří Mikeťuk

Screenstory

Pavel Tobiáš, Vladislav Delong, Otto Zelenka

Shooting Script

Miroslav Hubáček

Director of Photography

Alois Jiráček

Second Unit Photography

Rudolf Jokl

Camera Operator

Jaroslav Kaiser

Production Designer

Karel Černý

Set Designer

Josef Calta, Jiří Drégr, Ludmila Sovová, Miloš Sršeň

Costume Designer

Karel Postřehovský

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Sound Designer

Ladislav Hausdorf, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Production Manager

Jiří Pokorný, Josef Beran

Unit Production Manager

Jaroslav Solnička, Vlasta Synkulová

Unit Production Manager

Miroslav Smrček

Music

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by František Belfín),

Songs

Proč se lidi nemaj' rádi

Songwriter Jiří Šlitr
Writer of Lyrics Jiří Suchý
Singer Eva PilarováJiří Suchý

Production info

Original Title

Začít znova

Czech Title

Začít znova

English Title

A Fresh Start

Working Title

Důl mládeže Stonava / Před námi život / Poprvé sami

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

narrative

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production Year

1962—1963

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 13 September 1961
technical Screenplay approved 26 March 1962
start of filming 28 August 1962
end of filming 24 July 1963
projection approval 7 November 1963

Premiere

premiere 13 March 1964

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Barrandov

Creative Group

Tvůrčí skupina Feix – Brož, Miloš Brož (vedoucí dramaturg tvůrčí skupiny), Karel Feix (vedoucí výroby tvůrčí skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

81 min

Original length in metres

2 303 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,85

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech