Without a Halo

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production year

1963

Premiere

3 July 1964

Runtime

98 min

Category

film

Genre

narrative

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Bez svatozáře

Czech title

Bez svatozáře

English title

Without a Halo

Working title

Babí léto

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

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

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 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

Commentary

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Ladislav Bacílek

Based on

Jan Otčenášek (Plným krokem – román)

Director of Photography

Jiří Tarantík

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)

Music

Music Composed by

Svatopluk Havelka

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by Štěpán Koníček),

Songs

Já do lesa nepojedu

Songwriter lidová píseň
Writer of Lyrics lidová píseň
Singer sbor

Marnivá sestřenice

Songwriter Jiří Šlitr
Writer of Lyrics Jiří Suchý
Singer sbor

Production info

Original Title

Bez svatozáře

Czech Title

Bez svatozáře

English Title

Without a Halo

Working Title

Babí léto

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

narrative

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production Year

1963

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 4 January 1962
technical Screenplay approved 14 August 1962
start of filming 14 March 1963
end of filming 15 October 1963
projection approval 28 December 1963

Premiere

premiere 3 July 1964

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

98 min

Original length in metres

2 794 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