A How to Harden Steel

short-story

Typology

feature

Czech title

Jak se kalí ocel

Runtime

0 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1964

Production year

1964

Language version

Czech

Director

Václav Gajer

Synopsis

The summer holiday has begun and sixteen-year old Milan Petráň is by the waterside with his friends, waiting for the arrival of Květa whom he is fond of. But a messenger arrives on a motorcycle telling him his presence is urgently required at the Regional Committee of the Czechoslovak Youth Movement. The urgency of the message sharply contrasts with the lazy atmosphere among the functionaries. The head secretary sends Milan to the neighbouring villages to appeal to the members of the cooperatives to fulfil the harvest plans with prescribed mottos from a car with a loudspeaker. Milan first takes umbrage at the cynical comments of the car's driver but when he meets the hard working villagers and their justified mockery face to face, he decides to wrap up his "strategic task". In the evening, he runs into the head secretary on his way to cinema with his wife and briefs him about his failure. The secretary's indifferent reaction convinces Milan that the whole undertaking was nothing but a matter of formality. In no time, the disappointed young man meets his friends, and finds Květa nestled against one of them. The bitter Milan goes home and, on the way, writes his opinion in chalk on the houses. First there comes B, then O on another wall, then double L, then O, C on yet another, followed by the letters K and S.

Cast

Milan Kos

Milan Petráň

Aleš Košnar

Piskáč

Julie Juhanová

Bláža

Vlastimil Hašek

řidič agitačního auta

Eva Lecchiová

Růžena

Alois Dvorský

venkovan

Viktor Očásek

venkovan

František Nechyba

venkovan

Věra Kalendová

venkovanka

Dagmar Kmínková

venkovanka

Jiřina Bílá

venkovanka

Helena Růžičková

venkovanka Mařena

Darja Hajská

venkovanka

Libuše Jiskrová

venkovanka

Karel Richter

vedoucí tajemník ČSM Vašek

Jiří Menzel

tajemník ČSM Bohouš

Zdeněk Kopal

tajemník ČSM

Magdalena Burýšková

hospodářka ČSM

Zdeněk Dušek

montér Bohouš

Míla Myslíková

manželka vedoucího tajemníka

Josef Filip

kluk se stříkací pistolí

Jiří Novotný

motospojka z ČSM

Jana Paroulková

venkovanka

Jindřich Pavlišta

venkovan

posluchači FAMU

studenti

Dubbing

Jan Tříska

hlas montéra Bohouše

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Jan Moravec, Eliška Doubková, Jana Koubová

Screenstory

Antonín Máša

Screenplay

Antonín Máša

Second Unit Photography

Vojtěch Kuthan

Production Designer

Vladimír Labský

Costume Designer

Svatava Sophová

Sound Designer

Roman Hloch

Production Manager

Ladislav Hanuš, Jaroslav Prokop

Unit Production Manager

Jaromír Lukáš

Unit Production Manager

Eva Pokorná

Cooperation

Jiří Kotlář, Štěpánka Stříbrná

Music

Music Composed by

Luboš Fišer

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO), Jiří Kareš (FISYO), Karel Krautgartner (Jazzový orchestr Československého rozhlasu)

Songs

Jdi a uč se moudrým býti, Mateřídouška, Nezapomeň, Chybí mi ta jistota, Když jsem byl ještě malý

Songwriter

Luboš Fišer (Jdi a uč se moudrým býti), Luboš Fišer (Mateřídouška), Luboš Fišer (Nezapomeň), Jiří Šlitr (Chybí mi ta jistota)

Writer of Lyrics

Karel Jaromír Erben (Mateřídouška), Jiří Suchý (Chybí mi ta jistota)

Singer

Hana Hegerová (Jdi a uč se moudrým býti), Jiří Ornest (Mateřídouška), sbor (Nezapomeň), sbor (Chybí mi ta jistota), Jiří Ornest (Když jsem byl ještě malý)

Production info

Original Title

Jak se kalí ocel

English Title

A How to Harden Steel

Category

povídka

Typology

feature

Genre

short-story

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1964

Production Year

1964

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Technical info

Versions

Czech