The Ninth Name

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production year

1963

Premiere

24 April 1964

Runtime

91 min

Category

film

Genre

drama, psychological

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Deváté jméno

Czech title

Deváté jméno

English title

The Ninth Name

Synopsis

On his way to a colleague's cremation in Olomouc, office worker Ivo Koláčný meets Milča Dlabalová after many years. They were lovers once, and they also share a terrible secret. Milča did not want to divorce her husband Dlabal during the War. To make sure she would not lose his vast fortune, she anonymously informed the Gestapo that there was going to be a secret pig-slaughtering feast at her husband's farm. Eight men from the village were imprisoned, seven of them later died in a concentration camp. Only one of them, Dlabal, returns heavily disabled. Twenty years go by. Koláčný has a young wife and a small daughter. Milča has remained childless and, three months earlier, her paralyzed husband has died. She has now qualms of conscience about what she did and wants to confess to the police. Koláčný, who at the time knew about her crime - a fact that could easily be proved - begins to fear for his comfortable life. He meets up with Milča a couple of times and pretends that the loving sentiment he once had for her has been rekindled. When he takes his daughter out on a picnic, he notices a convenient spot where he could get rid of his lover. In the marshy ground of the floodplain forest her body could disappear without trace. He lures the woman to go with him to his friend's cottage. On the way there, they "accidentally" miss the connecting train and go to take a walk in the forest. There, Koláčný strangles Milča and drags her body into the water. After a few days, he receives a phone call from Ms Dlabalová's neighbour. She has found his number and knows that he was seeing the missing woman.

Cast

Ota Sklenčka

úředník Ivo Koláčný

Vlasta Fialová

prodavačka Milča Dlabalová

Svatava Hubeňáková

Irena, Koláčného manželka

Monika Ottová

Dubbing Aťka Janoušková
Ivanka, dcera Koláčných

Zdeněk Kutil

Jožka Černík, Ivův kamarád

Nina Popelíková

Strouhalová, Ivova kolegyně

Jarmila Kurandová

Koláčného matka

Zdeněk Braunschläger

Fanouš, mladík ve sklípku

Ladislav Gzela

hostinský

Jindřich Narenta

Arnošt, Ivův kolega

Josef Skrčený

muž ve výdeji zavazadel

Karel Pavlík

ředitel Vodohospodářských staveb

Oldřich Velen

Rudolf, muž na stavbě

Sylva Byšická

uklízečka

Josef Miroslav Bourek

informátor

Jiří Havel

mladík ve sklípku

Jarmila Novobilská

pokladní

Dana Richterová

prodavačka

František Šlégr

průvodce v jeskyních

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Otakar Fuka

Assistant Director

Drahomíra Reňáková, Jana Riegelová

Shooting Script

Jiří Sequens

Director of Photography

Josef Illík

Second Unit Photography

Emil Sirotek

Camera Operator

František Kučera

Production Designer

Karel Lier

Assistent Production Designer

Libuše Jahodová

Set Designer

Jiří Cvrček, Čestmír Diviš, Jan Vrňata

Costume Designer

Erna Veselá

Film Editor

Jan Chaloupek

Assistant Film Editor

Jana Šimůnková

Sound Designer

František Fabián

Production Manager

Věra Kadlecová

Unit Production Manager

Václav Havlík, Karel Škorpík

Unit Production Manager

Vilém Henzel

Cooperation

Marcela Jakubcová (klapka), Josef Janoušek (fotograf)

Music

Music Composed by

Jan Novák

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by František Belfín)

Songs

Ej, vy páni, vy

Songwriter lidová píseň
Writer of Lyrics lidová píseň
Singer Zdeněk Kutil

V Hodoníně za vojáčka mňa vzali

Songwriter lidová píseň
Writer of Lyrics lidová píseň
Singer Ota Sklenčka

Production info

Original Title

Deváté jméno

Czech Title

Deváté jméno

English Title

The Ninth Name

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama, psychological

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production Year

1963

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 20 December 1962
technical Screenplay approved 6 February 1963
start of filming 20 March 1963
end of filming 23 July 1963
projection approval 7 October 1963

Premiere

premiere 24 April 1964 /unsuitable for youths/ (celostátní)
premiere 1 May 1964 /unsuitable for youths/ (kino Pasáž /1 týden/, Praha)

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Hostivař

Creative Group

Tvůrčí skupina Novotný – Kubala, Bedřich Kubala (vedoucí dramaturg tvůrčí skupiny), Ladislav Novotný (vedoucí výroby tvůrčí skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

91 min

Original length in metres

2 578 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 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