Another Way of Life / Something Different

narrative, psychological

Typology

feature

Czech title

O něčem jiném

Runtime

81

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production year

1963

Premiere

20.12.1963

Language version

Czech

Director

Věra Chytilová

Screenplay

Věra Chytilová

Screenstory

Věra Chytilová

Summary

In 1963 Věra Chytilová debuted with this feature film based on her own story idea. It simultaneously tells the stories of two thirtysomething women who have never met but who at different levels have to grapple with the same problem. Feeling squeezed between the monotony of their everyday lives, and their desire for change, are Eva, a female gymnast, and Věra, an ordinary housewife. Eva is determined to round off her career as a top sports woman with some very substantial contests, while Věra grants herself some “respite” from caring for her husband and son through a love affair which, ultimately, requires a solution. In the end, however, neither of the protagonists take advantage of the chance that presents itself to them… The then 34 year-old Chytilová explores what would go on to long endure as her beloved theme: women’s emancipation. In the process, she combines, true to the spirit of the New Wave of Czechoslovak cinema, performances by both professional and amateur actors. Whereas the sports woman’s storyline approaches the documentary format – thanks to a cast that includes real-life gymnast Eva Bosáková and her fellow athletes – Věra’s story is purely fictitious and is grounded in the acting skills of Věra Uzelacová, Josef Langmiler and Jiři Kodet.

Synopsis

Eva is a gymnast, training for an important competition after which she wants to drop the career of professional sportswoman. Věra is a housewife caring for a four-year old son and a husband. The two women do not know each other, but still have many things in common - they both are in their thirties, and both have found themselves in the whirligig of day-to-day stereotypes which make them worn out and disgusted. Věra tries to solve her dissatisfaction with life by finding a lover, Eva is forced by her husband, her coach and a ballet master to carry on with her endless training for competition. Eventually she manages to learn even the feared backwards salto. After some time, Věra realizes she does not have anything in common with her lover, and splits with him. Eva wins the competition. Now, she will have enough time to indulge in her hobbies and to realize her dreams. She, however, is unable to leave the gym and becomes a coach herself. Věra does not change her life either, although fate offers her a chance: her husband tells her he wants to get divorced. Only then does she begin to fight for her marriage and eventually manages to get her husband to stay with her and the child.

Cast

Eva Bosáková

gymnastka Eva

Josef Langmiler

Josef, Věřin manžel

Jiří Kodet

Jirka, Věřin milenec

Milivoj Uzelac ml.

Milda, syn Věry a Josefa

Jaroslava Matlochová

trenérka

Luboš Ogoun

baletní mistr, Evin trenér

Vladimír Bosák

Evin manžel dr. Bosák

Dagmar Cejnková

Dada, Věřina přítelkyně

Jiří Cejnek

Dadin manžel

Oldřich Červinka

novinář

Rudolf Kyznar

klavírista

František Filipovský

František Filipovský, on sám, mezi diváky

Antonín Bahenský

fotoreportér

Helena Štvánová

prodavačka

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Jiří Menzel

Assistant Director

Mojmír Ticháček, Jaroslava Čapková

Screenstory

Věra Chytilová

Shooting Script

Věra Chytilová

Second Unit Photography

František Uldrich

Camera Operator

Jiří Macák

Production Designer

Vladimír Labský

Set Designer

Josef Calta, Ludmila Sovová

Costume Designer

Dagmar Cejnková

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Sound Designer

Miloslav Hůrka

Production Manager

Jiří Pokorný

Unit Production Manager

Jaroslav Jaroš, Jaroslav Solnička, Vlasta Synkulová

Consultant

Jaroslava Matlochová, Luboš Ogoun

Cooperation

Vladimíra Kopecká, Anna Křemenová, Marta Kaplerová

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Šlitr

Selected Music

Cole Porter (Begin the Beguine)

Production info

Original Title

O něčem jiném

English Title

Another Way of Life / Something Different

Working Title

Hořké vavříny

Copyright

1963

Production Year

1963

Premiere

20.12.1963

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Šmída – Fikar, Ladislav Fikar, Bohumil Šmída

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Event: Cena polského Klubu filmové kritiky

1965
Varšava / Poland

Vítěz

Event: Umělecká soutěž k 20. výročí osvobození Československa

1965
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Věra Chytilová

Vítěz

Festival: Mezinárodní festival osvobozené kinematografie Porretta Terme

1964
Porretta Terme / Italy

Vítěz

Event: Čestná uznání Československého filmu a Svazu československých dramatických a filmových umělců za rok 1963

1964
Praha / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 12. mezinárodní filmový týden Mannheim

1963
Mannheim / Federal Republic of Germany