The Hero Is Afraid

satire

Typology

feature

Czech title

Hrdina má strach

Runtime

73

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1965

Production year

1965

Premiere

24.06.1966

Language version

Czech

Director

František Filip

Screenplay

Jaroslav Dietl, František Filip

Summary

For the broadest film audiences, the 1960s are always tightly bound to the Czechoslovak New Wave artistic movement in cinema. However, the period also produced genre films that endeavoured to offer a humorous approach to expressing a critical view of everyday reality under the socialist regime. Based on a script inspired by Jaroslav Dietl’s stage play (Dietl also contributed to the film screenplay), successful TV director František Filip created a 1965 satire about a lowly clerk who achieves a promotion thanks to a momentary absence of timidity. But Jan Vavřinec fails to achieve anything in his new post as his own personal courage is vastly insufficient when it comes to changing the prevailing state of affairs and, above all, the ways of those around him… The film, attractive for its formal elements, successfully utilises internal monologues in which the protagonist offers a detached commentary for his own actions. Rudolf Hrušínský is terrific in the title role and enjoys equally proficient support from Ladislav Pešek, Jiří Sovák and Vladimír Menšík.

Synopsis

Honza Vavřinec works in the investment department of a large office. One day he gets involved in the case of an unjustly convicted worker who mistakenly considers him a parliamentary deputy. Honza as a "deputy" interferes in the case and helps the worker. Encouraged by the success and possibly also out of love for the beautiful secretary Svatava, the then shy and fearful Honza stands up for the chief of the department, Hofmánek, who has been removed from his position. The cause for the chief's dismissal was an accident during the construction of a hall in the town of Brod. Everybody knows that Hofmánek made every effort to prevent the accident but his suggestions were shuffled from one department to another in vain. Honza proves that many people in various positions are responsible for the situation. To his own surprise, he himself is appointed the chief of department. Honza tries to work in a different way and kicks out his former colleagues, who are indifferent to their work. His effort, however, is unsuccessful - the new ones are the same and Honza can only work with them.

Cast

Rudolf Hrušínský

úředník investičního odboru Honza Vavřinec

Ladislav Pešek

vedoucí investičního odboru Hofmánek

Jiří Sovák

úředník Zdeněk, Honzův přítel

Rudolf Deyl ml.

úředník Bedřich zvaný Béďa

Ilja Prachař

náměstek ředitele

Blanka Bohdanová

Svatava, sekretářka plánovacího odboru

Vladimír Šmeral

vysoký zmocněnec

Marie Glázrová

Hofmánkova žena

Jaroslav Moučka

František Velda, stavěč jeřábů

Alena Procházková

mladá úřednice

Pavel Spálený

Masna, Veldův vedoucí

Milan Mach

tajemník

Jiří Lír

tajemník

Josefa Pechlátová

Honzova matka

Božena Böhmová

sekretářka

Ludmila Roubíková

sekretářka

Antonín Jedlička

úředník Kalinka

František Nechyba

hostinský

Míla Myslíková

slečna z podatelny

Jitka Frantová

slečna z podatelny

Rudolf Wolf

vysoký brýlatý úředník

František Jaderník

naháč

Josef Drbohlav

naháč

Rudolf Veselý

naháč

J. Kratochvíl

harmonikář

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Helena Rohanová

Assistant Director

Michaela Kirchnerová, Marie Zatloukalová

Based on

Jaroslav Dietl (Nehoda – divadelní hra)

Shooting Script

František Filip

Camera

Jan Roth

Second Unit Photography

Kamil Kadeřábek

Camera Operator

Vojtěch Kuthan

Production Designer

Boris Moravec

Set Designer

Zdeněk Jeřábek, Jiří Haller, Jan Petrů

Costume Designer

Lída Novotná

Film Editor

Jan Kohout

Sound Designer

Jaromír Svoboda

Production Manager

Rudolf Wolf

Unit Production Manager

Josef Pitrák, František Jaderník

Unit Production Manager

Ferdinand Zelenka

Cooperation

Ladislava Boudová, Jarmila Müllerová, Bohumil Nový

Music

Music Performed by

Orchestr Karla Vlacha

Music Conducted by

Karel Vlach (Orchestr Karla Vlacha)

Songs

Strahováček, Den je krásný, Zčervená, Koupím já si koně vraný

Songwriter

Karel Hašler (Strahováček), Jiří Malásek (Den je krásný), Jiří Bažant (Den je krásný), Vlastimil Hála (Den je krásný), Jiří Šlitr (Zčervená), lidová píseň (Koupím já si koně vraný)

Writer of Lyrics

Karel Hašler (Strahováček), Vratislav Blažek (Den je krásný), Jiří Suchý (Zčervená), lidová píseň (Koupím já si koně vraný)

Singer

mužský hlas (Strahováček), Karel Gott (Den je krásný), Jaroslav Moučka (Zčervená), Rudolf Hrušínský (Koupím já si koně vraný), Jaroslav Moučka (Koupím já si koně vraný)

Production info

Original Title

Hrdina má strach

English Title

The Hero Is Afraid

Copyright

1965

Production Year

1965

Premiere

24.06.1966

Creative Group

Novotný – Kubala, Bedřich Kubala, Ladislav Novotný

Technical info

Format

35mm , Betacam

Versions

Czech