A How to Harden Steel

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1964

Production year

1963

Runtime

30 min

Category

povídka

Genre

short-story

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionshort

Original title

Jak se kalí ocel

Czech title

Jak se kalí ocel

English title

A How to Harden Steel

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

Julie Juhanová

Bláža

Vlastimil Hašek

řidič agitačního auta

Jiřina Bílá

venkovanka

Helena Růžičková

venkovanka Mařena

Darja Hajská

venkovanka

Karel Richter

vedoucí tajemník ČSM Vašek

Jiří Menzel

tajemník ČSM Bohouš

Zdeněk Kopal

tajemník ČSM

Magdalena Burýšková

hospodářka ČSM

Zdeněk Dušek

Dubbing Jan Tříska
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

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Jan Moravec, Eliška Doubková, Jana Koubová

Screenstory

Antonín Máša

Screenplay

Antonín Máša

Director of Photography

Ivan V. Frič

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

Music

Music Composed by

Luboš Fišer

Songs

Jdi a uč se moudrým býti

Songwriter Luboš Fišer
Singer Hana Hegerová

Mateřídouška

Songwriter Luboš Fišer
Writer of Lyrics Karel Jaromír Erben
Singer Jiří Ornest

Nezapomeň

Songwriter Luboš Fišer
Singer sbor

Chybí mi ta jistota

Songwriter Jiří Šlitr
Writer of Lyrics Jiří Suchý
Singer sbor

Když jsem byl ještě malý

Singer Jiří Ornest

Production info

Original Title

Jak se kalí ocel

Czech Title

Jak se kalí ocel

English Title

A How to Harden Steel

Category

povídka

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

short-story

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1964

Production Year

1963

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 12 July 1963
technical Screenplay approved 9 August 1963
start of filming 13 August 1963
end of filming 17 October 1963

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Technical info

Duration typology

short film

Duration in minutes

30 min

Original length in metres

845 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