On the Tightrope

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production year

1962—1963

Premiere

25 October 1963

Runtime

110 min

Director

Ivo Novák

Category

film

Genre

narrative, psychological

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Na laně

Czech title

Na laně

English title

On the Tightrope

Synopsis

It is Saturday and the construction worker Kája Micka has just received his wages. His father, a brute and a notorious alcoholic, comes at once and extorts all the money out of him, as he has done many times before. Kája's mother, a tough and bitter woman, does not believe that Kája did not spend the money. She likes neither Kája nor his younger sister Růža. Her favourite is the elder son Rudolf, a cruel and selfish man who did not even invite his family, which he is ashamed of, to his wedding. Kája is deft and industrious and desperately tries to make the family look functional - he regularly searches for his father in the pubs and is kind to his mother even despite her assaults and slaps. He is the favourite of the group of friends with which he regularly goes to a country cottage, but all the same, from time to time they make fun of him for his constant lack of money. Kája is musically talented, plays guitar and studied civil engineering. However, the situation in his family forced him to leave school and work as an auxiliary worker. Some time ago, he loved one girl from the group, a hairdresser Bimba, but she preferred the well-established Hynek. Kája's life is paradoxically changed for the better by the tragic death of his drunk father, who is run over by a car. Kája leaves for the Kladno steel foundry and becomes one of the best workers with the support of the brickmaster Naxera. He also finds a new love, Alena, a girl working in the factory canteen.

Cast

Ladislav Janský

Dubbing Josef Abrhám
Kája Micka zvaný Kočka

Evelyna Steimarová

kadeřnice Bimba, Kájova kamarádka

Jiří Bednář

Hynek, Kájův kamarád

Marie Krejčová

Dubbing Zuzana Stivínová
Alena, dívka ze závodní jídelny

Jitka Zelenohorská

Růža, Kájova nejmladší sestra

Nina Popelíková

Kájova matka

Déda Papež

uhlíř Micka, Kájův otec

Slávka Špánková

Hanka, Kájova kamarádka

Karel Brožek

Kristus, Hančin manžel

Petr Haničinec

Rudolf, Kájův starší bratr

Aglaia Morávková

Eliška, Rudolfova žena

Vlado Müller

mistr Gustav Naxera

Dana Richterová

překladatelka Jiřina, vdova po letci

Věra Bublíková

vedoucí osobního oddělení

Vratislav Blažek

úředník v náborové kanceláři

Vladimír Krška

ošetřovatel v léčebně

Václav Lohniský

číšník v nádražní restauraci

Karel Novák

lékař

Karel Hábl

Dubbing Petr Kostka
Pepek, Kájův kamarád

František Miška

Hynkův otec

Miluše Zoubková

Hynkova matka

Rudolf Vodrážka

přítel Hynkovy matky

Josef Skrčený

suchý chlapík, žadatel o práci

Ilona Kubásková

Pepkova matka

Alena Bradáčová

Rudolfova přítelkyně

Jiří Malásek

klavírista

Helena Nováčková

prodavačka oděvů

Jiřina Pehrová

pokladní

Vladimír Čech

Eliščin otec

Josef Šulc

dělník

Ladislav Šimek

mistr Robert

Mirko Musil

železničář

Jaroslav Moučka

železničář na motorce

Karel Kocourek

zřízenec

Gabriela Kaulfusová

sousedka

Crew and creators

Director

Ivo Novák

Second Unit Director

Vladimír Zelenka

Assistant Director

Dagmar Zelenková, Marie Kaplanová

Screenstory

Jan Procházka

Shooting Script

Ivo Novák

Director of Photography

Stanislav Milota

Camera Operator

Vladimír Zajíc

Production Designer

Oldřich Okáč

Set Designer

Emanuel Dvořáček, Ivan Ernyei, Eva Slívová

Costume Designer

Svatava Sophová

Sound Designer

Adolf Böhm, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Production Manager

Vladimír Vojta

Unit Production Manager

Jaromír Lukáš, Jiří Kamarýt

Unit Production Manager

Dagmar Rašilovová

Cooperation

Emanuela Peterová, Růžena Hejsková, Eva Schmiedbergerová, Jiří Kotlář

Music

Music Composed by

Zdeněk Liška

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by František Belfín), Jiří Jirmal /kytara/

Songs

Když jsem k vám chodíval přes ty lesy

Songwriter lidová píseň
Writer of Lyrics lidová píseň
Singer mužský hlas

Stavěli tesaři zedníkům lešení

Songwriter lidová píseň
Writer of Lyrics parafráze Stavěli tesaři hospodu
Singer sbor

Production info

Original Title

Na laně

Czech Title

Na laně

English Title

On the Tightrope

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

narrative, psychological

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production Year

1962—1963

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 6 August 1962
start of filming 17 September 1962
technical Screenplay approved 29 September 1962
end of filming 24 May 1963
projection approval 3 July 1963

Premiere

premiere 25 October 1963

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Barrandov

Creative Group

Tvůrčí skupina Švabík – Procházka, Jan Procházka (vedoucí dramaturg tvůrčí skupiny), Erich Švabík (vedoucí výroby tvůrčí skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

110 min

Original length in metres

3 145 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 35mm

Aspect ratio

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