Lesson

spy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Lekce

Runtime

92

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1971

Production year

1971

Premiere

14.01.1972

Language version

Czech

Director

Dušan Klein

Screenplay

Pavel Hajný

Screenstory

Pavel Hajný

Summary

Genre specialist Dušan Klein hit on the idea of filming a pedigree spy thriller. This 1971 motion picture, which takes place during the Second World War in politically neutral Switzerland, was the result. The setting meant the director managed to escape the forced politicisation associated with the application of the “normalisation” period to Czechoslovak cinematography. Karel Höger is the mainstay of this film, scripted by Pavel Hajný. He takes the main role of the emigrant Lenz, a former German university professor who accepts an offer to pass on secret Nazi information to the Allies. Over time, Lenz gets the feeling that his risky activities have not had any particular outcome. Naturally, this is not true ... Lenz is thus a prototype of the common man who has decided to wage a personal battle against Nazism in an amateurish way – but not without success.

Synopsis

In 1951, six years after the war, Georg Lenz, a man working consistently and successfully against the German fascist regime during the WW II, was sentenced to a three-year correction for spying against West Germany. Georg Lenz, a German university professor escaped the country for Switzerland after the Nazis got to power. He settled in Zurich, established a books-and-paintings store, and married a young, pretty Evi. Their calm life is disturbed by a visit of major general Strobach, an ex-school mate. Strobach hates Hitler and his regime and wants to fight against them. He brought Lenz a radio transmitter for his sending messages acquired from the Hitler general staff and Lenz is supposed to transmit them further to the particular stations and organizations. After a short hesitation, Lenz agrees. The transmitter starts to operate on the day when Poland is attacked. Lenz's activities are watched by the Swiss Secret Service and German counterespionage agency. Lenz gradually becomes an object of a British and Soviet intelligence service. His reports and journalist feature stories revealing Lenz's knowledge of Nazi plans infuriate Berlin and cause a decision to destroy him. He is rescued by the Swiss. His wife, however, pays her life for helping a British spy Stone, who she is likely in love with. After the war, Lenz is awarded a medal. When he finds out about Germany rearmament, he feels his mission has not been completed yet.

Cast

Karel Höger

profesor Albert Lenz

Jana Brejchová

Evi, Lenzova žena

Leon Niemczyk

úředník britského vyslanectví Stone

Ilja Prachař

plukovník Knitter, šéf švýcarské tajné služby

Wilhelm Koch-Hooge

důstojník SS Hasse, šéf protišpionážního centra

Vladimír Šmeral

švýcarský generál

Radovan Lukavský

generál Kurt Strobach, Lenzův přítel

Vladimír Brabec

inspektor Franz Rohde

Bořivoj Navrátil

Hasseho pobočník

Vlastimil Hašek

rámař Hohner

Oldřich Velen

Bierman, soused Lenzových

Oto Ševčík

německý agent Müller

Václav Lohniský

německý agent Ulrich Lutych

Luba Skořepová

Lutychova žena

Václav Mareš

agent Werner

Ladislav Trojan

agent Krause

Miriam Kantorková

hospodyně Holanová

Jan Faltýnek

zahradník Holan

Zlatomír Vacek

generál Lidtke

Karolina Slunéčková

britská agentka Anna Liesenbacherová

Jiřina Bílá

Knitterova hospodyně

Adolf Filip

poručík odposlechové služby

Zdeněk Hodr

belgický atašé

Vlasta Jelínková

Stoneho hospodyně

Josef Koza

švýcarský strážník

Ivo Niederle

korunní svědek

Jindřich Narenta

německý major

Jan Pohan

švýcarský důstojník

Jiří Kodet

belgický tajemník

Karel Peyr

britský vyslanec Brown

Hana Čížková

Brownova sekretářka

Karel Hábl

německý důstojník

Stanislav Hájek

topič Kärschke, německý agent

Marie Hübschová

úřednice

Milan Charvát

novinář

Zdeněk Blažek

novinář

Pavel Jiras

muž se samopalem

Bohumil Koška

letecký důstojník

Václav Kotva

švýcarský policista

Eduard Pavlíček

koncipient

Vít Pešina

letecký důstojník-radista

Jan Sedliský

letecký důstojník-radista

Luděk Sobota

prodavač v elektro

B. Vedralová

Biermanová

Adolf Švorc

hudebník

V. Dufek

hudebník

Miroslav Angr

hudebník

A. Kalašová

dubl za J. Brejchovou /nebezpečné scény

Dubbing

Jan Kačer

hlas Stoneho

Jiří Holý

hlas Hasseho

Richard Honzovič

komentář týdeníků v kině

Crew and creators

Director

Dušan Klein

Second Unit Director

Jiří Růžička st.

Assistant Director

Jiří Býček, Kateřina Reimanová

Screenstory

Pavel Hajný

Screenplay

Pavel Hajný

Shooting Script

Dušan Klein

Script Editor

Oldřich Železný

Production Designer

Vladimír Labský

Set Designer

Vladimír Mácha, Lubor Mašek, Václav Kozel

Costume Designer

Lída Novotná

Sound Designer

Dobroslav Šrámek

Production Manager

Zdeněk Oves, Jiří Šebor

Unit Production Manager

Vladislav Špidra, Antonín Navrátil

Unit Production Manager

Alena Koubová

Consultant

František Kruml

Cooperation

Hana Stibůrková, Jaroslav Trousil, Helena Lehovcová, Vladimír Hovorka

Music

Music Composed by

Svatopluk Havelka

Selected Music

Johann Strauss ml. (Povídky z vídeňského lesa)

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Songs

Škoda lásky /Barrel Polka/

Songwriter

Jaromír Vejvoda (Škoda lásky /Barrel Polka/)

Singer

sbor (Škoda lásky /Barrel Polka/)

Production info

Original Title

Lekce

English Title

Lesson

Copyright

1971

Production Year

1971

Premiere

14.01.1972

Technical info

Versions

Czech