We sang "Arizona"

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1964

Production year

1963—1964

Premiere

20 November 1964

Runtime

83 min

Category

film

Genre

drama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Zpívali jsme Arizonu

Czech title

Zpívali jsme Arizonu

English title

We sang "Arizona"

Working title

Zákopy

Synopsis

In spring 1945, students of Prague gymnasiums are taken by the German occupiers to dig trenches. The boys have to come to terms with harsh conditions in the camp. They try to fetch some food, and, in the evenings, find comfort in singing the camper's song "Arizona", accompanied by Žorž on guitar. The boys do not want to passively wait for the end of the war and prepare a rebellion and escape to the Soviet army. Their efforts, however, fail. Leaflets are thrown from an allied aircraft to the trenches, calling for the German soldiers to capitulate. Žorž runs away with one of the leaflets, is caught and forced by beating to collaborate with the Gestapo. Upon his return to the camp, the boys do not believe him, and Žorž eventually tells them the whole truth. One night, the boys make Commander Götschke and the other Germans drunk, steal secret plans from their cupboard and send them to partisans by postwoman Halina. In the morning, Götschke is furious. He interrogates Žorž and orders him to report in person at the Gestapo department in town. During an air-raid, Žorž meets waitress Terry in the shelter and spends the night with her. In the morning, he sees Germans running away, and thus returns to his friends in the trenches. He meets them on the road and warns them of the Gestapo men whose car he saw in front of the camp. The boys begin to run away, but Žorž is shot dead by Götschke.

Cast

Ladislav Chvojka

zákopník Hrbek zvaný Frája

Pavel Mareš

zákopník Pavel Janyš zvaný Brejlovec

Jaroslav Pešice

zákopník Hančl zvaný Žorž

Jiří Stivín

zákopník Pešek zvaný Pešula

Jiří Vanýsek

zákopník zvaný Profesor

Antonín Fairaizl

zákopník Tonda zvaný Hezoun

Ladislav Jakim

zákopník Myška

Bedřich Moravec

zákopník v kuchyni

Jan Miller

zákopník Dlouhán

Vladimír Píč

zákopník Zrzek

Miroslav Zeman

zákopník Pinďa

Miloš Nedbal

scharführer SA Götschke

Jindřich Narenta

obersturmführer SA Nachtlinger

Jaroslav Satoranský

kuratoriumsleiter Obádal

Norbert Chotaš

příslušník SS

Martin Růžek

řidič nákladního auta

Štěpánka Cittová

číšnice Terry

Jana Paroulková

listonoška Halina

Zuzana Minichová

vyčesaná slečna

František Zajíček

člen vedení tábora

Jiří Reichel

zákopník

Mojmír Ticháček

řidič vozu

V. Saxel

člen jednotek Volkssturm

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Bohumil Kouba

Assistant Director

Boca Abrhámová

Based on

Zákopy

Director of Photography

Jan Němeček

Second Unit Photography

Karel Hejsek

Camera Operator

Jiří Macháně

Production Designer

Karel Černý

Assistent Production Designer

Miloš Červinka

Set Designer

Jaromír Dědek, Vladimír Mácha, J. Suchý

Costume Designer

Karel Postřehovský

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Assistant Film Editor

Anna Mejtská, Eliška Švarcová

Sound Designer

Adolf Böhm, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Production Manager

Rudolf Hájek

Consultant

plk.Alois Bíca

Cooperation

Pavla Marková (klapka), Bohuslav Kück (fotograf)

Music

Music Composed by

Josef Ceremuga

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by Štěpán Koníček)

Songs

Arizona

Singer mužský sbor

Na Okoř je cesta

Singer mužský sbor

Má roztomilá Baruško

Singer mužský sbor

Magnetová hora

Song Composer Vítězslav Nezval
Writer of Lyrics Vítězslav Nezval
Singer Lilli Hodáčová

Pokrok

Song Composer Karel Tobis
Writer of Lyrics Vladimír Rohan
Singer sbor

Volha, Volha /německá verze/

Singer Miloš Nedbal

Ej, uchněm

Singer sbor

Production info

Original Title

Zpívali jsme Arizonu

Czech Title

Zpívali jsme Arizonu

English Title

We sang "Arizona"

Working Title

Zákopy

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1964

Production Year

1963—1964

Production specifications

technical Screenplay approved 11 November 1963
start of filming 13 November 1963
end of filming 5 May 1964
projection approval 21 July 1964

Premiere

premiere 20 November 1964 /suitable for youths/ (celostátní)
preview 20 November 1964 (kino Sevastopol /1 týden/, Praha)
premiere 18 December 1964 /suitable for youths/ (kino Lucerna /2 týdny/, Praha)

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Hostivař

Creative Group

Tvůrčí skupina Šebor – Bor, Vladimír Bor (vedoucí dramaturg tvůrčí skupiny), Jiří Šebor (vedoucí výroby tvůrčí skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

83 min

Original length in metres

2 369 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