The High Wall

narrative

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Vysoká zeď

Runtime

69 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production year

1963

Premiere

19.06.1964

Language version

Czech

Director

Karel Kachyňa

Synopsis

After school, thirteen-year old Jitka likes to wander alone through Prague. The brisk girl also likes to sneak around the backyards surrounding the block of flats where she lives. One day, she discovers a high wall and a hospital garden behind it. It is summer and every afternoon, the nurses bring a young man bound to a wheelchair after an injury to the garden. Jitka begins to encourage the young man in his attempts to walk. The incongruous couple begins to have a friendly talk every day and Jitka always brings various cobblestones as a gift. The young man is depressed by the state of his health and is not all the time gracious to Jitka. The misunderstanding gets sorted up and the girl talks about her role as Snow White in a school performance. She promises the young man to present herself in her costume. The subsequent rains, however, interrupt the girl's visits. As soon as the sun finally shines out, Jitka runs to the hospital, buying two ice creams on the way - only to find the patient sitting on a garden bench with a young woman, the couple immersed in an intimate conversation. Jitka, disappointed in her childish love, runs away from the garden, but waits to burst into tears until she is behind the wall. Soon, she finds an abandoned tabby and takes it into her arms. It seems she will forget about her childhood sorrow very soon.

Cast

Vít Olmer

nemocný mladík

Helena Kružíková

Jitčina matka

Ivana Bílková

ošetřovatelka

Josef Koza

zřízenec

Marian Jirásko

Láďa, Jitčin bratr

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Milada Mikešová

Assistant Director

Lubomír Břinčil, Irena Vachatová

Screenstory

Jan Procházka

Shooting Script

Karel Kachyňa

Second Unit Photography

Václav Helliman

Camera Operator

Bohumil Vodička

Production Designer

Leoš Karen

Set Designer

Karel Kracík, Ladislav Winkelhöfer

Costume Designer

Karel Postřehovský

Film Editor

Jan Chaloupek

Sound Designer

Jiří Lenoch, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Production Manager

Jaroslav Kučera

Unit Production Manager

Hubert Novotný, Jiří Ulrich

Cooperation

Jana Kulhánková, Miroslava Vopěnková, Leopold Zeman

Music

Music Composed by

Jan Novák (skladatel)

Selected Music

Ludwig van Beethoven (klavírní skladba a moll Pro Elišku /Für Elise/ – převzatá)

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Vysoká zeď

English Title

The High Wall

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

narrative

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production Year

1963

Premiere

19.06.1964

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Švabík - Procházka

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

69 min

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 17. mezinárodní filmový festival Locarno

1964
Locarno / Switzerland