Wedding without a Ring

drama, psychological

Typology

feature

Czech title

Svatba bez prstýnku

Runtime

92

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1971

Production year

1971

Premiere

05.05.1972

Language version

Czech

Director

Vladimír Čech

Screenplay

Zdeněk Bláha, Vladimír Čech

Summary

Based on the novel Kulhavý Orfeus (Hobbling Orpheus) by Jan Otčenášek, this 1972 comedy from director Vladimír Čech is set in June 1944. Young worker Vojta serves as the protagonist, who, for the sake of appearances, marries the daughter of a wealthy master builder. The marriage is designed to save her from being sent to work in the German Reich. Vojta agrees to the sham because he secretly loves Alena. But when the bride’s family learns that Vojta has been accused at the foundry where he works of anti-German activities, the marriage is over... Michal Pavlata (Vojta) and Jana Preissová (Alena) star in this film somewhat afflicted by contemporary “normalisation” era tones. Irena Kačírková takes the role of Alena’s ambitious mother. Additionally, Václav Neckář portrays foundry worker Piškot; during this time, this actor frequently combined his singing and acting careers.

Synopsis

It is World War II, the year 1944. Young workman Vojta lives with his mother in the basement of a villa belonging to the rich wife of an architect. She shares the villa with her daughter Alena and her brother-in-law, a former officer of the Czechoslovak army. Vojta and Alena grew up together, but then social differences divided them. Vojta works hard at the smelting works, while Alena spends her time partying with rich and idle gilded youth. Alena is finishing school; her mother fears that she will be sent to the German Reich in order to perform forced labour, so she asks Vojta to formally marry Alena, because married women do not have to leave and work for the Reich. Vojta, who loves Alena, agrees. However, unlike Alena, the wedding is not just a formality to him. He even accepts the humiliating conditions imposed by Alena's mother. The marriage, which Alena does not take as pragmatically as her mother, goes to pieces when the family learns Vojta was interrogated in connection with anti-German activity at the smelting works. The hysterical mother immediately takes Alena away from Prague. Vojta seeks her out, but he realizes that they live in two completely different worlds. Alena files a petition for divorce and Vojta leaves with foreman Melichar, who is being hunted down by the Gestapo, to join the partisans.

Cast

Michal Pavlata

dělník Vojta Syrůček

Jana Preissová

Alena Pavlincová

Irena Kačírková

milostpaní Hedva Pavlincová, matka

Petr Kostka

elegán Aleš

Karel Höger

plukovník Jindřich Kuneš, Alenin strýc

Antonie Hegerliková

Františka Syrůčková, Vojtova matka

Zdeněk Kryzánek

dílenský mistr Melichar

Vladimír Leraus

JUDr. Karel Hodek, Alešův otec

Václav Neckář

dělník Koubek zvaný Piškot

Josef Chvalina

německý vedoucí továrny Baschke

Viktor Preiss

maturant Pavel, totálně nasazený

Pavel Havránek

maturant Beránek zvaný Bacil

Oldřich Velen

mistr v továrně

Ladislav Trojan

dělník Arcík

Valerie Chmelová

Dag, Alenina kamarádka

Jürgen Frohriep

německý plukovník

Ladislav Mrkvička

dělník Pepek

Václav Kotva

dělník Navrátil

Josef Hlinomaz

návštěvník kina

Marcela Martínková

úřednice magistrátu

Josef Burda

JUDr. Mrákota, úředník magistrátu

Josef Beyvl

šumař

Marta Richterová

dělnice Anděla

Gustav Heverle

verkšuc

Eugen Jegorov

verkšuc

Pavel Jiras

verkšuc

Miloslav Štibich

verkšuc ve vrátnici

Petr Skarke

Čestmír

Josef Váša

Luboš

Zdeněk Novotný

gestapák

Vladimír Zoubek

gestapák

Milan Livora

mladík s knírkem

Zdena Dančíková

mladíkova přítelkyně

Bohumil Koška

dělník Horák

Helena Lišková

Mimi

Ludvík Pozník

německý důstojník v huti

Blažena Vernerová

uvaděčka v biografu

Vlasta Kleinová

starší žena z kolonie

Alena Janošková

dívka

Jan Dejmek

dělník

Miroslav Jíra

dubl za M. Pavlatu

P. Pávek

dubl za Z. Kryzánka

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Věra Ticháčková, Milan Vácha

Based on

Jan Otčenášek (Kulhavý Orfeus – román)

Shooting Script

Vladimír Čech

Script Editor

Josef Vaculík

Second Unit Photography

Zdeněk Prchlík

Camera Operator

Emil Hora

Production Designer

Bohuslav Kulič

Set Designer

Jiří Čermák, Josef Pavlík, Petr Misík

Costume Designer

Adolf Wenig

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Sound Designer

Pavel Jelínek

Production Manager

Zdeněk Oves, Jiří Šebor

Unit Production Manager

Antonín Navrátil, Vladislav Špidra

Unit Production Manager

Alena Koubová

Consultant

plk. Jan Kovář

Cooperation

Eva Truchlá, Josef Janoušek, Eliška Willigová, Jan Kňákal, Spojené ocelárny Kladno n. p.

Music

Music Composed by

Štěpán Lucký

Selected Music

Bedřich Smetana (Prodaná nevěsta /Věrné naše milování/), Ludwig van Beethoven (Pro Elišku /Für Elise/ – klavírní skladba a moll)

Music Performed by

FISYO, Studiová skupina dr. Jana Hammera, Lucký Štěpán, Vladimír Večtomov, Jiří Verberger

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO)

Songs

Já vím, že den se krátí, I'm waiting for your arm, Já mám koně, vraný koně /parafráze/, Dneska půjdeme spát až ráno

Songwriter

Štěpán Lucký (Já vím, že den se krátí), Jan Hammer (I'm waiting for your arm)

Writer of Lyrics

Pavel Kopta (Já vím, že den se krátí), Jan Hammer (I'm waiting for your arm)

Singer

Václav Neckář (Já vím, že den se krátí), Vlasta Průchová (I'm waiting for your arm), Václav Neckář (Já mám koně, vraný koně /parafráze/), Josef Beyvl (Dneska půjdeme spát až ráno), Jaroslav Mareš (Dneska půjdeme spát až ráno)

Production info

Original Title

Svatba bez prstýnku

English Title

Wedding without a Ring

Copyright

1971

Production Year

1971

Premiere

05.05.1972

Creative Group

Karel Cop

Technical info

Format

35mm , Betacam

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 10. filmový festival mladých Trutnov

1972
Trutnov / Czechoslovakia