School of Sinners

drama, psychological

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Škola hříšníků

Runtime

87 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1965

Production year

1965

Premiere

14.01.1966

Language version

Czech

Director

Jiří Hanibal

Summary

A youth facility in Hradiště strives to re-educate young people who have gone down the wrong path. The facility’s enlightened director, Pavlata (Radoslav Brzobohatý), sees to the conditional release of Pepík Adamec (Ladislav Potměšil). But unfortunately, the boy fails to find the necessary support from his family and colleagues upon returning to normal life. Conflicts seem to be a daily routine at the furniture factory where he gets work. He also cannot tolerate the behaviour of his mother (Jaroslava Adamová), who seeks solace from the burden of looking after Pepík’s dying father – in the arms of a lover. Following an assault on a workshop foreman, Pepík must return to the institution where no-one is interested in his problems, except for its director, Pavlata… Škola hříšníků (School of Sinners), directed in 1965 by Jiří Hanibal according to a script by Drahoslav Makovička, was an attempt at criticising the prevalent morals and social climate.

Synopsis

Teenage boys who have committed minor offences are arriving at a corrective educational facility in Hradiště. By the time they leave it at eighteen they are supposed to gain personal and work habits, which they lack mainly because of their unsatisfactory family backgrounds. The young and educated director Pavlata leads his charges to discipline and order, but also rewards them for successes. Pepík Adamec's good behaviour earns him an early conditional release. Pepík's sick father shows distrust for his "criminal" son, but he obtains well paid work in a furniture factory. The boy notices the hypocrisy and callousness of the adults with distaste. After a time he is assigned to worse work without a reason and has his fist conflict with the foreman Fulín. Pepík's mother runs away from her sick husband for some fun and a young lover. Her son's life does not interest her. When his father has an attack and he looks for his mother in a pub, she refuses to come home. The father dies and the conflict between Pepík and his mother reaches a climax at the crematorium, where the boy cannot stand her feigned grief. After the funeral Pepík overslept and gets to work a little late. When the foreman berates him he responds with a blow. Fulín makes sure Pepík has to return to the Home for Young People. The director Pavlata tries to discover what went wrong. He is puzzled by the indifference of his colleagues and their lack of interest in the now withdrawn Pepík. Pavlata resigns and the facility returns to its old barracks-style regime.

Cast

Radoslav Brzobohatý

ředitel Domova mládeže František Pavlata

Ladislav Potměšil

Pepík Adamec

Jana Hlaváčová

Jana, úřednice Domova mládeže

Jaroslava Adamová

Adamcová, Pepíkova matka

Zdeněk Kutil

Josef Adamec, Pepíkův otec

Ilja Prachař

vychovatel Kloc

Miroslav Zounar

vychovatel Balcar

Václav Mareš

doktor v Domově mládeže

Josef Kaňkovský

tovární mistr Fulín

Míla Myslíková

kádrovačka Myšková

František Vicena

dělník Rybák

Václav Neužil

inspektor Kodeš

Déda Papež

předseda ZV ROH

Milan Klásek

dělník Dlabola

Pavel Pípal

člen ZV ROH

Václav Březina

chovanec Marťan

Karel Fröhlich

chovanec Teddy

Oldřich Vízner

chovanec Hečky

Jiří Stivín

chovanec Svítek

Miloš Absolon

chovanec Piskoř

Jiří Štěpnička

chovanec Domova mládeže

Vladimír Kudla

chovanec Domova mládeže

Jaroslav Drbohlav

chovanec Domova mládeže

Dimitrij Krechler

chovanec Domova mládeže

František Hošek

mladý dělník Douda

Štěpánka Cittová

sekretářka

Helena Růžičková

dělnice Miládka

Ladislav Gzela

mistr v Domově mládeže Cibula

Josef Laufer

milenec Adamcové

Vladimír Bičík

cestující v autobusu

Karolina Slunéčková

cestující v autobusu

Marie Hübschová

žena u stolu

Věra Hanslíková

Kratochvílová

Ladislava Kutová

dívka u brusky

Vladimír Linka

člen ZV ROH

V. Pasterňák

člen ZV ROH

Libuše Šetelová

členka ZV ROH

Blažena Vernerová

žena u ryb

Otto Bezloja

hudebník

Ladislav Habart

hudebník

Josef Poslední

hudebník

Jaroslav Štrudl

hudebník

B. Beneš

hudebník

Miroslav Čech

hudebník

J. Hrubý

hudebník

Zdeněk Kučera

hudebník

J. Nevrkla

hudebník

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Vladimír Zelenka

Shooting Script

Jiří Hanibal

Script Editor

Jaroslav Dietl

Second Unit Photography

Václav Helliman

Camera Operator

Bohumil Vodička

Production Designer

Milan Nejedlý

Set Designer

Karel Kočí, Bohuslav Varhaník, Jaroslava Vilímková

Costume Designer

Richard Fremund

Film Editor

Zdeněk Stehlík

Sound Designer

Emanuel Formánek

Production Manager

Gustav Rohan

Unit Production Manager

Jan Syrový, Petr Čapek, Dana Dudová

Cooperation

Luďka Žáková, Ludmila Náprstková, Jiří Hlupý

Music

Music Composed by

Evžen Illín

Music Performed by

Orchestr Karla Vlacha, FISYO, skupina Karla Duby

Music Conducted by

Karel Vlach (Orchestr Karla Vlacha), František Belfín (FISYO)

Songs

Bez hlavy, Dlouhá míle, Kdyby ty muziky nebyly

Songwriter

Evžen Illín (Bez hlavy), Evžen Illín (Dlouhá míle), Jaromír Vejvoda (Kdyby ty muziky nebyly)

Singer

sbor (Bez hlavy), Karel Hála (Dlouhá míle) (?)

Production info

Original Title

Škola hříšníků

English Title

School of Sinners

Working Title

Orlí pera / Na shledanou, kajmane

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

drama, psychological

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1965

Production Year

1965

Premiere

14.01.1966

Creative Group

Feix – Brož, Miloš Brož, Karel Feix

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

87 min

Versions

Czech