We sang "Arizona"

drama

Typology

feature

Czech title

Zpívali jsme Arizonu

Runtime

83

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1964

Production year

1964

Premiere

20.11.1964

Language version

Czech

Director

Václav Sklenář

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, Lilian Havlíčková

Based on

Zákopy

Second Unit Photography

Karel Hejsek

Camera Operator

Jiří Macháně

Production Designer

Karel Černý (architekt)

Set Designer

Jaromír Dědek, Vladimír Mácha, J. Suchý

Costume Designer

Karel Postřehovský

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Production Manager

Rudolf Hájek

Consultant

plk.Alois Bíca

Cooperation

Pavla Marková, Miloš Červinka, Eliška Švarcová, Anna Mejtská

Music

Music Composed by

Josef Ceremuga

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO)

Songs

Arizona, Na Okoř je cesta, Má roztomilá Baruško, Magnetová hora, Pokrok, Volha, Volha /německá verze/, Ej, uchněm

Songwriter

Vítězslav Nezval (Magnetová hora), Karel Tobis (Pokrok)

Writer of Lyrics

Vítězslav Nezval (Magnetová hora), Vladimír Rohan (Pokrok)

Singer

mužský sbor (Arizona), mužský sbor (Na Okoř je cesta), mužský sbor (Má roztomilá Baruško), Lilli Hodáčová (Magnetová hora), sbor (Pokrok), Miloš Nedbal (Volha, Volha /německá verze/), sbor (Ej, uchněm)

Production info

Original Title

Zpívali jsme Arizonu

English Title

We sang "Arizona"

Working Title

Zákopy

Copyright

1964

Production Year

1964

Premiere

20.11.1964

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Šebor - Bor

Technical info

Versions

Czech