Thirty-three Silver Quails

psychological

Typology

feature

Czech title

Třiatřicet stříbrných křepelek

Runtime

84

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1964

Production year

1964

Premiere

10.09.1965

Language version

Czech

Director

Antonín Kachlík

Screenplay

Antonín Kachlík, Jan Trefulka

Summary

In 1964, old directing hand Antonín Kachlík created a relationship drama about a woman who looks back on her life after reaching the “Jesus year” (Jesus is said to have been crucified at the age of 33). The narrative is based on a novel by Jan Trefulka, while the film’s protagonist, Jana Hanáková, is played by Alena Vránová. At 33, she is married and has two children, but family life does not satisfy her. Her alienation is not compensated either by her lover Karel or her relationships with colleagues at work. All around her, Jarka sees only shallowness and deceit. Trefulka and Kachlík, who collaborated on the screenplay, do not try to find a way out for the unhappy Jana. They construct the plot as a statement on a desolate condition which the young woman is herself partly responsible for. The critical approach of Třiatřicet stříbrných křepelek (Thirty-three Silver Quails) meant it came to be regarded as a motion picture heralding even more successful and forthright films of 1960s Czechoslovak cinematography.

Synopsis

Jarka Hanáková is a married woman and mother of two little children. Today is the day of her thirty-third birthday and this fact makes her contemplate her life. In the morning, her husband tells her indifferently that he has to go for a business trip. It is obvious that all love between them has faded away. Jarka takes the children to the kindergarten. On the way, she stops by the printing plant where her lover Karel works, to excuse herself from the set afternoon date. Her colleagues from the House of Culture, where she is employed, congratulate her, but the short birthday celebration results in a ridiculous quarrel of the co-workers. Jarka goes for a business visit to a nearby village. Her meeting at the Municipal National Committee is unpleasant and the inspection does not satisfy Jarka - many things are formally returned on paper, but, in fact, nothing happens. On her return to the town, Jarka spots her husband at the railway station in an intimate discussion with a young woman. As an associate judge, Jarka takes part at the session of the labour relations' court. She can plainly see that the judged man is just a scapegoat paying dearly for the disorders of his enterprise. Neither the evening visit to a wine cellar nor the intimate date with Karel fulfil her expectations. Jarka returns home to her children and her husband. Due to the moodiness of the two adults, a quarrel breaks out between them. Jarka locks herself in the bathroom and bursts into tears.

Cast

Alena Vránová

Jarka Hanáková, pracovnice Domu osvěty

Václav Voska

sazeč Karel Raška, Jarčin milenec

Josef Langmiler

Hanák, Jarčin manžel

Jiří Holý

soudce

Ladislav Křiváček

výtvarník Jirka

Josef Beyvl

tajemník MNV Mikšíček

Rudolf Chromek

ředitel Domu osvěty

Mahulena Kulendíková

Hanákova milenka

Tamara Řezáčová

Eva, dcera Hanákových

Rudolf Řepík

Petr, syn Hanákových

Karel Pavlík

obžalovaný Císař

Světla Amortová

Císařova žena

Josef Větrovec

pracovník Jihomoravských tiskáren

Josef Kozák

starý zahradník

Stanislav Fišer (2)

Arnošt, Jarčin kolega

František Holar

Jarčin kolega

František Daniel

přísedící u soudu

Alena Růžičková

sousedka

Viktor Očásek

vrátný v tiskárně

Jarmila Navrátilová

Machová, Jarčina kolegyně

Milana Melcerová

brýlatá Jarčina kolegyně

Ela Šilarová

žena v obchodě

Otakar Brousek

prokurátor

Miloslav Janovský

kněz

Václav Wasserman

hráč šachů

Jiří Stivín

mladík u hracího automatu

Helena Blehárová

zpěvačka

Orchestr Gustava Broma

orchestr

Gustav Brom

zpěvák a dirigent

Vítězslav Černý

muž s hadicí

Jan Trefulka

brýlatý muž v hospodě

Miroslav Hedánek

solidní otec

Jiřina Barášová

kamarádka Hanákovy milenky

M. Brabcová

žena v restauraci

Věra Barešová

zapisovatelka u soudu

H. Blahotová

brýlatá dívka

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Miroslav Kubišta

Assistant Director

Věra Pištěková, Věra Kalesová

Based on

Jan Trefulka (Třiatřicet stříbrných křepelek – novela)

Shooting Script

Antonín Kachlík

Second Unit Photography

Karel Hejsek

Camera Operator

Jaroslav Kaiser

Production Designer

Milan Nejedlý

Set Designer

Jiří Drégr, Dvořák Josef (výprava), Oldřich Halaza, Vojtěch Palek

Sound Designer

Ladislav Hausdorf, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Production Manager

Eliška Nejedlá

Unit Production Manager

Vladislav Špidra, Jiří Zika

Unit Production Manager

Vít Pešina

Consultant

pplk. František Hrabovský , JUDr. Jaroslav Blažek

Cooperation

Jiří Hlupý, Věra Houšková, Eva Lichtensteinová

Music

Music Composed by

Vladimír Sommer

Selected Music

Georges Bizet (Carmen /árie Toreadore smělý/ – opera)

Music Performed by

FISYO, Orchestr Gustava Broma

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO), Gustav Brom (Orchestr Gustava Broma)

Production info

Original Title

Třiatřicet stříbrných křepelek

English Title

Thirty-three Silver Quails

Working Title

Jak odcházejí / Odcházejí

Copyright

1964

Production Year

1964

Premiere

10.09.1965

Creative Group

Šmída – Fikar, Ladislav Fikar, Bohumil Šmída

Technical info

Versions

Czech