Football

narrative

Typology

feature

Czech title

Fotbal

Runtime

78

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1965

Production year

1965

Premiere

15.10.1965

Language version

Czech

Director

Jaroslav Mach

Summary

In 1965 experienced director Jaroslav Mach made a documentary with re-enacted scenes which addressed topical problems of football, a popular sport in Czechoslovakia. The filmmakers got behind the scenes of football via the team Slavoj, which was preparing for a decisive match. If the coach, Beran, didn’t get his lads to give a convincing performance there was a risk that they’d be relegated to the second league. After a series of dramatic mishaps, Slavoj arrived on the pitch so weakened that the dreaded failure became a reality. Fortunately, in the end the fans vented their anger over “their” team losing on the innocent referee. The film also included criticism of the match officials... Besides the actors Martin Růžek and Bohumil Šmída, Mach’s film also featured real football players from the legendary Dukla Prague club and big football names still celebrated at the time (for example, Slavia Prague's František Plánička, one of the most honoured players in the history of Czechoslovakian football).

Synopsis

Football is the most popular sport in Czechoslovakia alongside ice-hockey. Thousands and thousands of football fans cheer, rage, threaten and laugh at the stadiums. Then they leave and only very rarely do they learn anything about the worries of those who rouse and entertain them week after week. Slavoj team faces demotion to B league and its coach Jarda Beran must settle countless problems before the deciding match. Captain Koubek has been accused of using his hand to score the critical goal of the preceding match. Young Smolka, everybody's favourite, is turning into a primadonna. Technical manager Stárek harangues the excellent goalkeeper Sixta and keeps him on the bench. Stárek plays another negative role in the team, trying to set the players against one another. In all this, nobody really understands how he became such an all-powerful official. The day of the match is approaching, but the young inexperienced goalkeeper is too scared to play and Beran must persuade Sixta to cover for him. But Sixta is equally out of form, he has just had two beers. He does his best but still misses the ball twice. In the second half, the young goalkeeper braces himself and replaces Sixta. He misses the penalty kick and Slavoj loses the game. The angry crowd concentrates at the referee who has to flee from the stadium with his little son. The day is over; the fans have a fiery debate. Next week, however, they will yet again rush to the stadium.

Cast

Martin Růžek

on sám, Martin Růžek

Bohumil Šmída

trenér Beran

Bohumil Musil

Karel Koubek

Vilda Marzin

Alois Sixta

Jiří Laciga

Smolka

František Škoda

Hakl

MUDr. Josef Topinka

lékař Slavoje

Miroslav Polach

Stárek

Jaroslav Kalaš

rozhodčí Válek

Hana Hermannová

Marcela

Josef Koza

Smolkův otec

Jaroslav Matucha

Votruba

Vít Holubec

televizní reportér

dr.Vratislav Fikejs

trenér soupeře

Miloslav Janovský

korpulentní funkcionář

Vladimír Krška

Růžkův přítel

Jaroslav Křečan

masér Pytelka

Jan Kühnmund

člen výboru

Vladimír Navrátil

člen výboru

Jaroslav Obraz

Pepík Válek

Helena Skořepová

trenérova dcera

Antonín Šťastný

Kopecký

Karel Mikyska

televizní komentátor ve studiu

Václav Černý

předseda komise

Miloš Svoboda

kapitán soupeře

Ivo Urban

Urban

Bedřich Tesař

Josef Král

hráč Slavoje

Miloslav Holman (2)

rozhlasový reportér

MUDr. Václav Jutka

Vlastimil Preis

internacionál

Emil Seifert

internacionál

František Plánička

internacionál

Josef Píša

hráč soupeře

Fotbalové mužstvo Dukly B

hráči

Fotbalové mužstvo Dukly Slaný

hráči

Arnošt Bělohlávek

muž s holí

A. Krbcová

manželka Koubka

J. Musil

syn Koubkových

Josef Vojta

on sám

Ivan Mráz

on sám

Svatopluk Pluskal

on sám

Josef Masopust

on sám v dokumentárních záběrech

Andrej Kvašňák

on sám v dokumentárních záběrech

Vladimír Táborský

on sám

Jiří Tichý

on sám

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Stanislav Černý

Assistant Director

Miloslav Čech

Screenstory

Jaroslav Mach

Shooting Script

Jaroslav Mach

Camera

Jan Novák, archivní záběry

Second Unit Photography

Rudolf Jokl

Camera Operator

Jiří Širc, Antonín Vojáček, Bohumil Paris

Production Designer

Karel Černý

Set Designer

Karel Černoch, Jiří Rulík

Film Editor

Zdeněk Stehlík

Sound Designer

Roman Hloch

Production Manager

Ladislav Terš

Unit Production Manager

Karel Prchal, Miloš Stejskal

Unit Production Manager

Ctibor Novotný

Consultant

Bohumil Musil, dr. Vratislav Fikejs, Rudolf Koros

Cooperation

Jiřina Znamenáčková, Ústřední sekce kopané ČSTV, Jitka Fryčová, Sparta ČKD Praha, Ludmila Náprstková, Dukla Praha, Miloš Červinka

Music

Music Composed by

Štěpán Lucký

Selected Music

Julius Fučík

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Fotbal

English Title

Football

Copyright

1965

Production Year

1965

Premiere

15.10.1965

Creative Group

Šebor – Bor, Vladimír Bor, Jiří Šebor

Technical info

Versions

Czech