Courage for Every Day

drama

Typology

feature

Czech title

Každý den odvahu

Runtime

86

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1964

Production year

1964

Premiere

15.01.1965

Language version

Czech

Director

Evald Schorm

Screenplay

Antonín Máša

Screenstory

Antonín Máša

Summary

Evald Schorm’s 1964 feature debut is a Czechoslovak New Wave picture that both offers a fresh perspective on the theme of the building of socialism and reveals the human experience of the then 33-year-old first-time director. Using a screenplay by Antonín Máša, Schorm shot Každý den odvahu (Courage for Every Day) as an existential drama reflecting the moral crisis experienced by the politically engaged generation of the 1950s in the wake of the reassessment of the cult of personality. The narrative’s protagonist is Jarda Lukáš, a young engineering worker shaken into an agonising break with ideals that were based on illusion rather than reality. However, the world around him has no understanding for the despondent Jarda; those closest to him are infected with lies and moral decay. The hero, who had relied more on slogans from posters than the voice of his own consciousness, experiences harsh disillusionment. The political work for which he was praised after 1948 now seems embarrassing, inspiring if anything amusement. Jarda even loses his love, the arranger Věra… Schorm does not judge his hero (who is living through the difficult “Christ’s” age of 33) but finds sympathy for his tough situation. The evolution of Jarda’s character therefore further increases the viewer’s unease. The drama Courage for Every Day was so provocative in its day that it even met the displeasure of the president, Novotný. It did not reach audiences for a whole year. Today, however, it is one of the most respected works of the Czechoslovak New Wave, thanks to Schorm’s sensitive direction, Jan Čuřík’s cinematography and the performances of Jan Kačer and Jana Brejchová in the lead roles. Olga Scheinpflugová, who secured few screen roles in the 1960s, impresses in the part of a landlady.

Synopsis

Jarda Lukáš, a worker from a big machine-tool plant, enjoyed a rather decent career after the Communist putsch in February 1948. As one of the pioneers of the youth-movement of stakhanovites, he skilfully engaged himself in the political work with young people, and thus quickly climbed up. When Stalin's cult of personality was revealed and rejected, however, many things changed and Jarda is unable to cope flexibly with such changes. He keeps working along the old directives and cannot understand that his political work for which he used to be praised once is now just a reason for mockery. He is quite unhappy even in his personal life. Although his girlfriend Věra, working as a window-dresser, still loves him, their common life is complicated by a lack of privacy. Věra sadly observes how her lover again and again throws himself into acts which end up in awkward fiascos. She does her best to help him, but after many quarrels which end up in vain she decides to separate from him. Jarda, disgusted by life, finds comfort in alcohol. Drunk, he reprehends his friends for "betraying the revolution" and they beat him up for his threats. The next day, Věra tries to find Jarda in the factory, but he hides from her and lets her leave.

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Cast

Jana Brejchová

aranžérka Věra

Jan Kačer

dělník Jarda Lukáš

Josef Abrhám

dělník Bořek

Jiřina Jirásková

Olina, redaktorova žena

Václav Trégl

Eduard Mrázek, bratr bytné

Jan Libíček

fotograf

Jan Cmíral

podnikový ředitel

Josef Krameš

kouzelník

Helena Uhlířová

kouzelníkova asistentka

Jiří Menzel

Jardův kolega

Oldřich Stodola

tanečník

Naděžda Sobotková

tanečnice

Drago Čáslavský

zpěvák

František Popp

klavírista

Emma Černá

Jardova sestra

Pavel Páv

Jardův švagr

Jaroslav Tomsa

příslušník VB

František Löring

starý operní pěvec

Jan Počepický

host ve vinárně/muž s kočárkem

Miloš Kohout

televizní redaktor

Zdeněk Kment

tajemník

Zdeněk Skalický

číšník

Jaroslav Viták

funkcionář

Jana Cunderlová

dívka

Alois Čuřík

stařec

Radomír Chabina

karbaník

R. Všelichová

matka

Karel Engel

rváč

Jiří Hanzl

rváč

V. Hofmann

rváč

Crew and creators

Director

Evald Schorm

Second Unit Director

Miloš Kohout

Assistant Director

Boca Abrhámová, Irena Klausová

Screenstory

Antonín Máša

Screenplay

Antonín Máša

Shooting Script

Evald Schorm, Jan Čuřík

Second Unit Photography

Ivan Šlapeta

Camera Operator

Petr Čech

Production Designer

Jan Oliva

Set Designer

Dvořák Josef (výprava), Karel Průcha, Václav Šebek

Costume Designer

Marta Bártová

Sound Designer

František Šindelář, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Production Manager

Josef Ouzký

Unit Production Manager

Václav Dobeš, Růžena Hulínská

Unit Production Manager

Bohumír Čech, Jiří Mařas

Cooperation

Jana Cunderlová, Eva Schmiedbergerová

Music

Music Composed by

Jan Klusák

Selected Music

Julius Fučík (Veselí vesničtí kováři)

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO)

Songs

Plují lodi do Triany, Ovčáci čtveráci /parafráze Rošťáci čtveráci/, Klementajn, Zdálo se mi, má panenko, Avanti o popolo, Mnoga ljeta

Songwriter

Jan F. Fischer (Plují lodi do Triany), lidová píseň (Ovčáci čtveráci /parafráze Rošťáci čtveráci/), lidová americká píseň (Klementajn), lidová píseň (Zdálo se mi, má panenko)

Writer of Lyrics

lidová píseň (Ovčáci čtveráci /parafráze Rošťáci čtveráci/), Jiří Suchý (Klementajn), lidová píseň (Zdálo se mi, má panenko)

Singer

Jan Libíček (Ovčáci čtveráci /parafráze Rošťáci čtveráci/), Jiří Suchý (Klementajn), Drago Čáslavský (Zdálo se mi, má panenko), Jan Kačer (Avanti o popolo), sbor (Mnoga ljeta)

Production info

Original Title

Každý den odvahu

English Title

Courage for Every Day

Working Title

Odvahu pro všední den

Copyright

1964

Production Year

1964

Premiere

15.01.1965

Creative Group

Novotný – Kubala, Bedřich Kubala, Ladislav Novotný

Technical info

Format

Betacam, DVD, HD

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 1. Finále Plzeň

1968
Plzeň / Czechoslovakia
Antonín Máša

Vítěz

Festival: 1. Finále Plzeň

1968
Plzeň / Czechoslovakia
Evald Schorm

Vítěz

Festival: 1. Finále Plzeň

1968
Plzeň / Czechoslovakia
Jan Čuřík

Vítěz

Festival: 19. mezinárodní filmový festival Locarno

1966
Locarno / Switzerland

Vítěz

Exhibition: 2. mezinárodní přehlídka nového filmu Pesaro

1966
Pesaro / Italy

Vítěz

Event: Ceny Trilobit 1964

1965
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Evald Schorm

Vítěz

Event: Cena československé filmové kritiky za rok 1964

1965
Praha / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Event: Ceny Trilobit 1964

1965
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Jan Čuřík