Shame

drama, psychological

Typology

feature

Czech title

Stud

Runtime

100

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1967

Production year

1967

Premiere

03.05.1968

Language version

Czech

Director

Ladislav Helge

Screenplay

Ivan Kříž, Ladislav Helge

Screenstory

Ivan Kříž

Summary

Throughout the late 1950s and early 60s, director Ladislav Helge’s films took on an increasingly independent and critical point-of-view. From Škola otců (School for Fathers, 1957), the trend continued with the drama about the establishment of a cooperative in a Moravian village, Velká samota (Great Solitude, 1959). During the early 1960s, Helge’s Jarní povětří (Spring Breeze, 1961) served as an analysis of the stormy atmosphere of the 1948 communist takeover from the point-of-view of students. Helge’s courage in challenging regime orthodoxy was strengthened by the increasingly liberal climate of the 1960s. Following the war drama Bílá oblaka (White Clouds, 1962) and the subsequent critically-minded Bez svatozáře (Without a Halo, 1963), Helge quite naturally fused into the Czechoslovak New Wave via a story about a new father’s encounter with a troubled teenager, První den mého syna (Chance Meeting, 1964). The political drama Stud (Shame, 1967) offered the public a topical, non-ideologically conformist picture of the life of a regime functionary and top-placed workers, who devote all their energies to shameless self-enrichment. The drama, co-written by Helge and Ivan Kříž, offers Arnošt Pánek, chairman of the National Committee, as the protagonist of the story. Pánek is disturbed by news of the arrest of his protégé Kvasil – chairman of a JZD agricultural cooperative in the nearby village of Spádová. He is responsible for the revival of a neglected village, but is now accused of theft, fraud, and – on top of that – the rape of an under-aged girl. Surprisingly, this latter deed is shown to be the least of the charges levelled against the accused, which serves as a testament to the lack of seriousness with which such crimes were viewed during these times. Pánek discovers that Kvasil has committed a series of transgressions against socialist property, and that his subordinates know about it. This leads our protagonist to reconsider whether he too should remain in his post, which is also causing conflicts with his daughter. Slovak actor Július Pántik takes the lead role in this taut drama. The appearance of many other lesser-known Slovak actors adds to the authenticity of the piece. Released in May 1968, during the “normalisation” era, Stud (Shame) would find itself locked away in the censors’ infamous vault.

Synopsis

After four years of studies Saša, the daughter of the chairman of a South Moravian District National Committee, Arnošt Pánek, has returned home. In a good humour, Pánek goes to work on a fine June morning. Shocking news awaits him. The chairman of Standard Farming Cooperative in Spádov, Karel Kvasil, has been arrested, a man whom he managed to get appointed to the job and who has made the once declining cooperative one of the best in the district. Pánek is indignant and refuses to believe that the accusations can be true. Kvasil is charged with raping an underage girl, economic machinations and insurance frauds. Pánek goes to Spádov and finds out that the situation is even worse than he had feared. The accusations are true and the cooperative workers, who were financially well rewarded, knew about everything but kept their mouths shut. Perhaps the least serious charge is the "rape" of the precociously well-developed girl, whose mother expected financial compensation from the chairman. The agronomist who informed on the chairman for the "rape" did so out of desperation, as a way of finally stopping Kvasil's in his dirty career. Pánek, a working class cadre promoted to the position, realizes that he is not up to his job, and to make matters worse he has a row with his daughter, who leaves after refusing to let him use his position to arrange a good work assignment for her. The meeting in Spádov ends, since the cooperative members are all completely uninterested. His old friend Havel tells Arnošt in a fit of drunken honesty that everybody is ashamed. Pánek decides to resign his post.

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Cast

Július Pántik

předseda ONV Arnošt Pánek

Štěpán Zemánek

řidič Lojza Pisingr

Richard Lederer

agronom

Ľudovít Greššo

Havel Milota

Bohuslav Čáp

tajemník MNV

Ida Rapaičová

Saša, Pánkova dcera

Vojtěch Ron

předseda JZD Karel Kvasil

Hana Slivková

Kvasilova žena

Hana Grissová

Mařka, Arnoštova sestra

František Šolc

úředník Ludvík Tuček

Miroslav Bezdíček

Standa Hromek, Pánkův bývalý spolužák

Jaroslav Dufek

inženýr Čejka, funkcionář ONV

Viola Javůrková

sekretářka Marie

Václav Jeřábek

úředník pojišťovny

Václav Kaňkovský

úředník pojišťovny

Ladislav Lakomý

prokurátor

Adam Matejka

starý družstevník

Miroslav Středa

motocyklista Vincek

Anna Kratochvílová

matka dívky

Václav Kyzlink

příslušník VB

Josef Kudílek

příslušník VB

Dubbing

Luděk Munzar

hlas recitující báseň Vedro Roberta Rožděstvenského

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Zeno Dostál

Assistant Director

Aleš Lamr, Eva Kolářová

Screenstory

Ivan Kříž

Shooting Script

Ladislav Helge

Camera Operator

Antonín Holub

Production Designer

Bohumil Pokorný

Set Designer

Jiří Čermák, Daniela Sílová, Eva Slívová

Sound Designer

Adam Kajzar

Production Manager

Josef Císař

Unit Production Manager

Jiří Beránek, Josef Hudlička

Unit Production Manager

Milan Štěch

Consultant

JUDr. Jan Vážný

Cooperation

Hana Nývltová, Růžena Hejsková, Bohumil Dudař

Music

Music Composed by

Svatopluk Havelka

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Stud

English Title

Shame

Copyright

1967

Production Year

1967

Premiere

03.05.1968

Creative Group

Šmída – Fikar, Ladislav Fikar, Bohumil Šmída

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Event: Peněžitá odměna za film v rámci hodnocení produkce Filmového studia Barrandov v roce 1967

1968
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Ivan Kříž

Vítěz

Event: Peněžitá odměna za film v rámci hodnocení produkce Filmového studia Barrandov v roce 1967

1968
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Ladislav Helge