Dita Saxová

drama, psychological

Typology

feature

Czech title

Dita Saxová

Runtime

103

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1967

Production year

1967

Premiere

23.02.1968

Language version

Czech

Director

Antonín Moskalyk

Screenplay

Arnošt Lustig, Antonín Moskalyk

Summary

In the 1960s, the writer Arnošt Lustig contributed several times as a screenwriter in adaptations of his literary works. Besides Transport z ráje (Transport from Paradise, 1962) and Démanty noci (Diamonds of the Night, 1964), he also accepted an offer to turn his novel Dita Saxová into film form (1967). The director Antonín Moskalyk collaborated with Lustig on the script of the psychological story, as was the case with the TV movie Modlitba pro Kateřinu Horovitzovou (A Prayer for Kateřina Horovitzová, 1965). Similar to other Lustig works, Dita Saxová also touches on the issue of overcoming wartime trauma via a female protagonist… The year is 1947 and 18-year-old Jewish girl Dita, who has lived through the horrors of a concentration camp, is seeking a firm Jewish foothold in her life. She has lost all her relatives and acquaintances, and lives in a home established by the Jewish community. The girl is deprived of part of her family inheritance by a crafty lawyer. For Dita, however, interpersonal relationships are more important than property, but her friends abandon her and she later marries without love. The deeply affected girl ultimately succumbs to the dark shadows of her past… The low-key narrative does not rely on the drastic portrayal of wartime dramas, but on the situation of a seemingly well-balanced, beautiful girl, who has been irrevocably marked by the horrors she’s lived through. The internally fragile heroine does not manage to adapt to normal life and use the opportunities offered by the world around her… This remarkable film is based on a high-quality script, Moskalyk’s unobtrusive direction, and the performances of the main actors. Polish actress Krystyna Mikołajewská, who is known for the wartime drama The Red and the White (Csillagosok, katonák, 1967) by the Hungarian director Miklós Jancsó, excels in the title role. The actress with international credentials is dubbed by Blanka Bohdanová. The non-actress Noemi Sixtová, the experienced actress Jaroslava Obermaierová and the singer Yvonne Přenosilová appear in roles as Dita’s friends.

Synopsis

Dita Saxová is the only one in her family to have survived the concentration camp. Two years have passed since the War and she now lives, together with young women in similar circumstances, at the Young Women's Home organized by the Jewish religious community in Prague. Lawyer comes to see Dita, at whom her uncle, a dental technician, hid his gold foils before the War. He hands over only half of them, and keeps the rest as the payment for the "dangers" he had endured. Dita spends a small fortune on a precious bracelet she buys for herself, and, at her eighteenth birthday party, presents her friends Líza, Britta and Tonička with the remaining gold foils. Beautiful Dita has three suitors. She gives no hope to the madly enamoured Fici and refuses to go to San Salvador with the rich Herbert. She thinks that she has found true love in David Egon and loses her virginity with him at a pension outside Prague. However, the youth is merely a superficial fop and the sensitive girl is deeply hurt to find that he boasts about his success as if she were prey. Dita is deserted by her friends. Líza enters into a loveless marriage with a rich lawyer, Britta goes to England and the fragile, dainty and illness-prone Tonička dies. Dita manages to go to Switzerland. She celebrates her nineteenth birthday at an émigré party organized by the affluent Werli family. The two sons of the hosts court her. Emotionally deprived, Dita feels herself to be nothing but a beautiful object. Next morning she goes in the icily cold mountains, to look for her death.

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Cast

Krystyna Mikołajewska

Dita Saxová

Bohuš Záhorský

profesor Munk

Karel Höger

advokát Gottlob

Martin Růžek

MUDr. Fitz

Noemi Sixtová

Tonička Blauová

Jaroslava Obermaierová

Líza Vágnerová

Yvonne Přenosilová

Britta Mannesheimová

Dana Syslová

Linda Huppertová

Josef Abrhám

David Egon Huppert, Lindin nevlastní bratr

Ladislav Potměšil

Alfréd Neugeborn zvaný Fici

Jiří Menzel

Herbert Lágus

Pavel Kollmann

Werli

Nelly Gaierová

Werliová

Jaromír Petřík

starší syn Werliových

Zbyněk Pohlídal

mladší syn Werliových

Ferdinand Krůta

správce ubytovny Goldblatt

Blanka Waleská

správcova žena Isabela

Bohuslav Čáp

advokát

Vlastimil Fišar

příručí ve starožitnictví

Ilja Prachař

vinárník Holoubek

Zdeněk Hodr

účetní Traubman

Ludmila Stambolieva

Traubmanova žena

Paul Leclér

řečník ve Švýcarsku

Otto Budín

Traxler

Rudolf Iltis

Steimann

Regina Rohanová

Dita jako dítě

Mirko Musil

emigrant

Otto Ohnesorg

host na večírku

Jan Schánilec

mladík na večírku

Eva Šenková

majitelka starožitnictví

Helena Lombardová

tanečnice

Jaroslav Kašpar

emigrant

Dubbing

Blanka Bohdanová

hlas Dity Saxové

Eva Klepáčová

hlas Toničky Blauové

Milan Friedl

hlas staršího syna Werlichových

Jiří Kodet

hlas mladšího syna Werlichových

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Helena Rohanová

Assistant Director

Mojmír Ticháček, K. Berdychová, Eliška Vojtová

Based on

Arnošt Lustig (Dita Saxová – novela)

Shooting Script

Antonín Moskalyk

Script Editor

Ivan Urban

Second Unit Photography

Karel Ludvík

Production Designer

Vladimír Labský

Costume Designer

Jarmila Konečná

Film Editor

Zdeněk Stehlík

Sound Designer

Milan R. Novotný

Production Manager

Vladimír Vojta

Unit Production Manager

Artur Stacha, Eva Langerová

Unit Production Manager

Vl. Šula

Cooperation

Miroslava Švestková, Marta Strangmüllerová, Marta Kaplerová

Music

Music Composed by

Luboš Fišer (Kam ty hvězdy, kam šly spát – píseň), Luboš Fišer

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO), Karel Krautgartner (Orchestr Karla Krautgartnera)

Songs

Kam ty hvězdy, kam šly spát

Songwriter

Luboš Fišer (Kam ty hvězdy, kam šly spát)

Writer of Lyrics

Pavel Kopta (Kam ty hvězdy, kam šly spát)

Singer

Krystyna Mikołajewská [dab] (Kam ty hvězdy, kam šly spát), Blanka Bohdanová (Kam ty hvězdy, kam šly spát), Noemi Sixtová [dab] (Kam ty hvězdy, kam šly spát), Eva Klepáčová (Kam ty hvězdy, kam šly spát), Jaroslava Obermaierová, Yvonne Přenosilová

Singing Voice

Krystyna Mikołajewska (Kam ty hvězdy, kam šly spát), Noemi Sixtová (Kam ty hvězdy, kam šly spát)

Production info

Original Title

Dita Saxová

English Title

Dita Saxová

Copyright

1967

Production Year

1967

Premiere

23.02.1968

Creative Group

Švabík – Procházka, Jan Procházka, Erich Švabík

Technical info

Format

Betacam, DVD

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

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

1968
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Arnošt Lustig

Vítěz

Festival: 16. mezinárodní filmový festival San Sebastián

1968
San Sebastián / Spain

Vítěz

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

1968
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Jaroslav Kučera

Vítěz

Festival: 16. mezinárodní filmový festival San Sebastián

1968
San Sebastián / Spain

Vítěz

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

1968
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Antonín Moskalyk