Thirty-three Silver Quails

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1964

Production year

1964

Premiere

10 September 1965

Runtime

84 min

Category

film

Genre

psychological

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Třiatřicet stříbrných křepelek

Czech title

Třiatřicet stříbrných křepelek

English title

Thirty-three Silver Quails

Working title

Jak odcházejí / Odcházejí

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

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

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

Script Supervisor

Věra Kalesová

Based on

Jan Trefulka (Třiatřicet stříbrných křepelek – novela)

Shooting Script

Antonín Kachlík

Director of Photography

Jan Němeček

Second Unit Photography

Karel Hejsek

Camera Operator

Jaroslav Kaiser

Production Designer

Milan Nejedlý

Assistent Production Designer

Jiří Hlupý

Set Designer

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

Assistant Film Editor

Eva Lichtensteinová

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

Věra Houšková (klapka)

Music

Music Composed by

Vladimír Sommer

Selected Music

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

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by František Belfín), Orchestr Gustava Broma (Music Conducted by Gustav Brom)

Production info

Original Title

Třiatřicet stříbrných křepelek

Czech Title

Třiatřicet stříbrných křepelek

English Title

Thirty-three Silver Quails

Working Title

Jak odcházejí / Odcházejí

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

psychological

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1964

Production Year

1964

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 10 January 1964
technical Screenplay approved 19 March 1964
start of filming 6 July 1964
end of filming 6 November 1964
projection approval 22 June 1965

Premiere

premiere 10 September 1965 /unsuitable for youths/ (celostátní)
premiere 1 October 1965 /unsuitable for youths/ (kino Světozor /2 týdny/, Praha)

Studio

Hostivař

Creative Group

Tvůrčí skupina Šmída – Fikar, Ladislav Fikar (vedoucí dramaturg tvůrčí skupiny), Bohumil Šmída (vedoucí výroby tvůrčí skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

84 min

Original length in metres

2 406 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,66, 1:2,35

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech