Without a Halo

narrative

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Bez svatozáře

Runtime

98 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production year

1963

Premiere

03.07.1964

Language version

Czech

Director

Ladislav Helge

Synopsis

While the majority of young people from the small village of Březová have moved to the city to find work, the elderly inhabitants of the village walk to the small local fire-brick factory every day. These are an interesting group of little characters, mostly people just about to retire. Karel Babič spends every spare moment repairing his old Praga car in order to drive his daughter Lída and her spouse to their wedding. The portly Janda never stops fussing, Strnad is possessed by his activities in the labour union, the nimble Perk constantly spreads "verified news", and the director of the fire-brick factory, Josef Petrák, originally a regular worker, worries about the dilapidated business. All of them work in the factory for years and they well sense that it is soon going to close. There are similar businesses around, only more modern. To the displeasure of their fathers, even the last young people are leaving the village - Janda's Eman as well as Petrák's Slávek. The widower Petrák secretly fancies his neighbour Marie but is unable to tell her about his feelings. At this point, a committee from the Ministry arrives. After the meeting, Petrák is forced to announce that the factory is not going to receive any further subsidies and will have to close. But before that happens, the good old company still meets every morning to leave for work, as it did many years before, to the fire-brick factory. Only the old and constantly coughing Bára does not live to see the end of the plant.

Cast

Zdeněk Štěpánek

mistr Hirš

Ladislav Pešek

dělník a pytlák Perk

Otomar Krejča

dělník Eman Janda

Karel Höger

Karel Babič

Martin Růžek

ředitel šamotky Josef Petrák

Věra Bublíková

dělnice Marie

Bohuš Záhorský

odborový funkcionář Jakub Strnad

Valtr Taub

dělník Antonín Bára

Václav Lohniský

vrátný Bílek

Jan Skopeček

Alois Krejza zvaný Hlína

Josef Kozák

hrnčíř Strnad

Václav Sloup

Slávek, Petrákův syn

Lenka Fišerová

Pralinka, Slávkova dívka

Helena Šimková

Lída, dcera Karla Babiče

Václav Mareš

Vašek, Lídin ženich

František Pivoňka

mladý dělník Eman, Jandův syn

Oľga Adamčíková

Hiršova žena

Hermína Vojtová

Strnadova žena

Adam Matejka

Tykvart

Věra Tichánková

Andula, Perkova snacha

Jaroslav Moučka

Vašek, Perkův syn, Andulin muž

Arnošt Faltýnek

starý dělník

Jiří Klem

mladík s tranzistorem

Petra Sládková

dívka

Jan Zajíc

mladík u auta

Jiří Cerha

mladík

Jiří Kostka

starší člen komise z ministerstva

Alois Ostr

člen komise z ministerstva

Josef Čermák

Emanův parťák

Eva Glücková

tmavovláska

Vlasta Jelínková

Bárova žena

Hynek Němec

dělník

Saša Grossová

svatebčanka

Jiří Chmelař

dělník

Commentary

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Ladislav Bacílek

Assistant Director

Libuše Vaněčková, Zeno Dostál

Based on

Jan Otčenášek (Plným krokem – román)

Second Unit Photography

Jan Kváča

Camera Operator

Bohumil Paris

Production Designer

Miroslav Hrachovec

Set Designer

Zdeněk Jeřábek, Jan Petrů

Sound Designer

Emanuel Formánek, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Production Manager

Ladislav Terš

Unit Production Manager

Karel Prchal, Vlastimil Maršálek

Unit Production Manager

Pokorný František (výroba)

Cooperation

Jana Linhartová, Růžena Hejsková, Aleš Voleman

Music

Music Composed by

Svatopluk Havelka

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO)

Songs

Já do lesa nepojedu, Marnivá sestřenice

Songwriter

Jiří Šlitr (Marnivá sestřenice), lidová píseň (Já do lesa nepojedu)

Writer of Lyrics

lidová píseň (Já do lesa nepojedu), Jiří Suchý (Marnivá sestřenice)

Singer

sbor (Já do lesa nepojedu), sbor (Marnivá sestřenice)

Production info

Original Title

Bez svatozáře

English Title

Without a Halo

Working Title

Babí léto

Category

Film

Typology

feature

Genre

narrative

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production Year

1963

Premiere

03.07.1964

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Šmída – Fikar, Ladislav Fikar, Bohumil Šmída

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

98 min

Versions

Czech