A Blow Below the Belt

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1968

Production year

1968

Runtime

11 min

Director

Ivo Toman

Category

film

Genre

narrative

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionshort

Original title

Rána pod pás

Czech title

Rána pod pás

English title

A Blow Below the Belt

Synopsis

An army unit is being trained for cases of medics' intervention in combat. One of the "wounded" soldiers is loaded onto the back of a large ambulance that leaves for the barracks. The soldier remembers told words that co-operation among those involved in the action was the main prerequisite for success. He recalls all the different situations in which he met the medical orderly in charge of the ambulance, and how the man looked on with complete indifference, without doing the slightest thing to help, as other soldiers tried hard to fulfil their tasks. Therefore, when the ambulance is trapped in the mud, the soldier takes a seat some distance away from the scene; unconcerned, he then watches the medic help himself out of the problem with a shovel. After a while, the ambulance continues on its journey and reaches an overturned civilian truck on the side of the road. The truck has been loaded with scores of wicker baskets full of live poultry that are now scattered all around the highway and the surrounding fields. Without thinking twice, both the medic and the soldier set to catching chickens and again they talk about the importance of co-operation.

Cast

Jan Výborný

Crew and creators

Director

Ivo Toman

Screenstory

Ivo Toman

Screenplay

Ivo Toman

Script Editor

Karel Chytil

Director of Photography

Jan Jiráček

Film Editor

Alois Fišárek

Sound Designer

Karel Cajthaml

Production Manager

Jan Fulín

Cooperation

Stanislav Pánka, J. Boháčová, P. Kroupa

Music

Music Composed by

archivní

Music Selected by

Jiří Šust

Production info

Original Title

Rána pod pás

Czech Title

Rána pod pás

English Title

A Blow Below the Belt

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

narrative

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1968

Production Year

1968

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Technical info

Duration typology

short film

Duration in minutes

11 min

Original length in metres

310 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Versions

Czech