Searching

psychological

Typology

feature

Czech title

Bloudění

Runtime

77

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1965

Production year

1965

Premiere

01.04.1966

Language version

Czech

Director

Jan Čuřík, Antonín Máša

Screenplay

Antonín Máša

Screenstory

Antonín Máša

Summary

Bloudění (Searching) provided a 1965 debut for then novice director Antonín Máša and experienced cameraman Jan Čuřík. Both served as directors of this film which maps the generation gap between 1960s youths just coming of age and their parents, who were shaped by the 1950s. Similarly to other heroes seen in Czechoslovak New Wave films, young Michal clashes with his estranged father, a man who once took part in political show trials. The film, however, also reflects the guilt-ridden parent’s “rebirth” in relation to his son. This film – rather unfairly very much forgotten – features impressive acting by the then 17-year-old Jaromír Hanzlík in the lead role and assorted other appealing performances – such as that of Jan Kačer, who plays a driver with poor eyesight, and Miroslav Macháček's portrayal of the hero’s painter-uncle.

Synopsis

Michal's father and his friends are stigmatised by their war experience and the post-war social deformations in which they took part either directly, or watched them cowardly and in silence. They are trying to repress their feelings of guilt and justify their behaviour to the young generation with memories of their heroic war feats. Michal, however, does not want to have anything to do with their problems. He subconsciously perceives the unpleasant atmosphere in the family as well as his father's hypocrisy. After one of many quarrels with his father, he runs away from home, determined to go his own way. At the first visit he stays with his father's brother - a painter who sought refuge for his work in the seclusion of a village a long time ago - as a hitch-hiker he is symbolically driven by a half-blind driver in a luxurious car. After that, he meets a group of eccentric young people who travel to the sea, although they are very well aware that they cannot get there. Eventually, Michal comes to understand that he cannot reach freedom by escape, and returns home. On Sunday, the father takes the family on their usual trip by car, as if everything was all right again.

Cast

Jaromír Hanzlík

Michal Hrabák

Jiří Pleskot

dr. Jiří Hrabák, Michalův otec

Jiřina Jirásková

Helena, Michalova matka

Vladimír Šmeral

novinář Ornet

Alexandra Myšková

Ornetova žena

Jana Brejchová

Eva Holasová

Jiří Holý

Evin manžel

Miroslav Macháček

malíř Pavel Hrabák, otcův bratr

Nataša Gollová

slečna, Pavlova družka

Jan Kačer

automobilista Miska

Taťána Fischerová

dívka Věra-Eva

Alena Bradáčová

otcova milenka Vlasta

Jiří Hrzán

mladík

Karel Kafka

mladík

Karel Karas

Glück

Helena Samohelová

Irena

Karel Vašta

lesník

Martin Brož

student

Hynek Sedláček

hostinský Čermák

Dubbing

Alena Kreuzmannová

hlas Vlasty

Olga Čuříková

hlas Ireny

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Miloš Kohout

Assistant Director

Anna Lackovičová, Zdenka Pešulová

Screenstory

Antonín Máša

Screenplay

Antonín Máša

Script Editor

Sergej Machonin

Second Unit Photography

Oldřich Hubáček, Ivan Šlapeta

Camera Operator

Jiří Polák

Production Designer

Jan Oliva

Art Director

Věra Vainarová

Set Designer

Karel Kracík, Roman Svoboda, Ladislav Winkelhöfer

Costume Designer

Lubomír Hrůza

Sound Designer

Jiří Kejř

Production Manager

Jiří Krejčí

Unit Production Manager

Josef Mojžíš, Vlasta Kolbasová

Unit Production Manager

Milada Krůtová

Cooperation

Hana Cillerová, Vilemína Binterová, Diana Heringová, Marta Kaplerová

Music

Music Composed by

Jan Klusák

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Songs

Rožnovské hodiny

Songwriter

lidová píseň (Rožnovské hodiny)

Writer of Lyrics

lidová píseň (Rožnovské hodiny)

Singer

sbor (Rožnovské hodiny)

Production info

Original Title

Bloudění

English Title

Searching

Copyright

1965

Production Year

1965

Premiere

01.04.1966

Creative Group

Novotný – Kubala, Bedřich Kubala, Ladislav Novotný

Technical info

Format

Betacam

Versions

Czech