Those Few Days...

narrative

Typology

feature

Czech title

Těch několik dnů...

Runtime

80

Country

Czechoslovakia, France

Copyright

1968

Production year

1968

Premiere

24.10.1969

Language version

Czech

Director

Yves Ciampi

Screenplay

Rodolphe-Maurice Arlaud, Yves Ciampi, Vladimír Kalina

Screenstory

Rodolphe-Maurice Arlaud, Yves Ciampi, Vladimír Kalina

Summary

Born of a collaboration between Czech and French filmmakers, this feature film was severally affected by the dramatic changes in the political situation that occurred before and after the Warsaw Pact invasion of August 1968. The crushing of the Prague Spring political liberation meant Yves Ciampi’s film was barred from distribution to cinemas in Czechoslovakia. The protagonist of Těch několik dnů… (1968) is Frenchwoman Francoise, who experiences a love affair while studying sociology in Prague. Francoise had married shortly before she left for her studies, but she tries to break the bonds with her French partner. The love triangle, however, is affected by the political turmoil of 1968 and emotional alienation… The leading parts in the film – which offers an interesting insight into its contemporary era – are portrayed by Thalie Frugés and Vít Olmer.

Synopsis

It is the last day of 1968. Young Parisienne Françoise toasts her reflection in a mirror. Sitting alone, she returns to Prague in her memories. As a student of sociology, she received a scholarship to work on her dissertation in East European countries. She arrived in Prague at the beginning of November 1967. On the very first day, she met young handsome Professor Pavel Kučera, who lectured in French literature at the Philosophical Faculty. From the first moment, the two people felt very close to each other and finally fell in love. However, just before her departure for Prague, Françoise had married Jean-Louis in France. She left to see him on Christmas to ask for a divorce. Although their marriage was not very serious, the husband does not want to give up his wife. When the young woman returns to Prague, her relationship begins to be influenced by the political activities of the Prague Spring, with Pavel being one of the main actors of the students' protests. Françoise, too, used to be a devoted activist of similar riots some time ago in Paris, but everything ended in disillusionment for her. Pavel does not have enough time for her and they gradually cease to understand each other. Jean-Louis eventually calls her and agrees to the divorce. Although Françoise still loves Pavel, she refuses to give up her newly acquired freedom. She leaves Prague in June 1968, aware that she would never return to him.

Note

The French première of the film was held on the 30th of April 1969.

Cast

Thalie Fruges

francouzská studentka Françoise Darmon

Philippe Baronnet

Jean-Louis, manžel Françoise

Jana Šulcová

studentka Vladěna Bosáková

Josef Čáp

student Stašek Klika

Vít Olmer

profesor dr. Pavel Kučera

Jiří Ornest

student Kotas

Petr Svojtka

student Kotalík

Ladislav Janský

student Honza

Aloys Rwaka

medik Aloys Mofeba

Jiří Plachý (2)

student Jiří

Lenka Termerová

studentka Ivana

Hana Brejchová

studentka Květa

Radúz Chmelík

profesor Háj

Helena Růžičková

uklízečka na koleji

Kamila Moučková

hlasatelka v televizi

Michel Ducrocq

Philippe

Valérie Vienne

Maite

Daniele Garnier

Virginie

Pascal Fardoulis

starší student

Jean-Pierre Marichal

Gruber

Jiřina Bílá

průvodčí

Alena Balejová

nahá dívka

Jiří Cimický

člen zkušební komise

Karel Kratochvíl (2)

člen zkušební komise

Stanislav Litera

člen zkušební komise

Vladimír Navrátil

člen zkušební komise

Josef Dziedzic

cikánský houslista

František Hájek

profesor

Jar. Kalivoda

profesor

Václav Soldát

profesor

Václav Vodák

profesor

Václav Halama

prodavač párků

Karel Hovorka

prodírající se pán

Robert Morávek

vrátný

Jaroslav Toms

strážmistr VB

Antonín Pražák

taxikář

Jacques Sternberg

spisovatel

Dubbing

Alena Kreuzmannová

vnitřní hlas Françoise

Crew and creators

Director

Yves Ciampi

Second Unit Director

Zdena Pavlátová

Assistant Director

Jaroslav Toms, Pascale Breugnot, Claude Sambain

Shooting Script

Yves Ciampi

Second Unit Photography

Miloš Petrolín

Camera Operator

Jiří Knotek

Production Designer

Jan Zázvorka

Set Designer

Karel Lukáš, Jacques Preisach, Dana Vaňková, Václav Zavřel

Costume Designer

Olga Dimitrovová

Film Editor

Georges Alepée

Sound Designer

Josef Vlček

Production Manager

Zdeněk Oves

Unit Production Manager

Jean Guillaume, Ctibor Jeřábek, Vladislav Špidra, Jaroslav Vágner

Cooperation

Eva Truchlá, Karel Vacek

Music

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO)

Songs

Anča, kráva, vidle, jak se to rýmuje, Krásná růže v sadu kvetla, Chtěl bych jednou holku mít, záleží to na osudu, Kuril machorku, Zrcadlo, Stůj, občane!, Gdě eta ulica

Songwriter

lidová francouzská píseň (Krásná růže v sadu kvetla), Karel Černoch (zpěvák) (Stůj, občane!)

Writer of Lyrics

Jiří Tichota (Krásná růže v sadu kvetla), Pavel Žák (Stůj, občane!)

Singer

sbor (Anča, kráva, vidle, jak se to rýmuje), Spiritual kvintet (Krásná růže v sadu kvetla), Petr Svojtka (Chtěl bych jednou holku mít, záleží to na osudu), Jiří Ornest (Chtěl bych jednou holku mít, záleží to na osudu), sbor (Kuril machorku), skupina Olympic (Zrcadlo), Karel Černoch (zpěvák) (Stůj, občane!), sbor (Gdě eta ulica)

Production info

Original Title

Těch několik dnů...

English Title

Those Few Days...

Working Title

O pár dnů dřív / O pár dnů...

Parallel Title

A quelques jours près...

Copyright

1968

Production Year

1968

Premiere

24.10.1969

Creative Group

Šmída – Fikar, Ladislav Fikar, Bohumil Šmída

Technical info

Versions

Czech