The Black Wolf

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1971

Production year

1971

Premiere

4 February 1972

Runtime

91 min

Category

film

Genre

adventure

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Černý vlk

Czech title

Černý vlk

English title

The Black Wolf

Summary

Former assistant director Stanislav Černý marks his directorial debut at the age of 48 with the feature film drama Černý vlk (The Black Wolf, 1971). The film tells the story of the defenders of the frontiers of communist-era Czechoslovakia, ably assisted by their four-legged companions. The title star is a German Shepherd dog, who crosses over the border into the West down in the South Bohemian Šumava region, along with a human illegal border crosser, a charming female agent named Inga. The woman is dutifully shot, but the orphaned dog is taken into the care of rugged lumberjack Franěk (František Peterka), who knew the agent from his time in the circus. The man decides to take his revenge against the border guards who killed his friend. But the Black Wolf has his reasons for loathing Franěk – the lumberjack killed a puppy the dog fathered with his mate, a female border guard dog named Líza… The film was made to mark the twentieth anniversary of the founding of the Pohraniční stráž (PS) border defence division.

Synopsis

In the thick woods at the edge of the Bohemian Forest, two border guards are keeping watch - rifleman Kučera and dog handler Štencl, whose sluggishness and clumsiness have won him the nickname Bambula (Simpleton). The official army dog, the bitch Líza, picks up the scent of an alien dog on the German side - Black Wolf. She bites through her leash and runs away. Soon afterwards, the border boundary was interrupted. The two soldiers are wounded in the gunfire that follows, but Štencl's shot also hits the target and the intruder - an attractive woman in a black jersey - is dead. The investigation reveals that this agent knew someone among the local residents. The locals are all called in to identify the body but nobody admits to knowing the woman. But in fact the lumberjack Franěk knows very well who that is. Inge had been his colleague and lover years ago, at a time when they both worked in the circus. They had met again recently and he had promised her help and a place to hide. Franěk pretends to be friendly with the border guards, but all he can think of now is revenge. He takes in the Black Wolf, who has followed Líza back to the division, and brutally abuses the dog in his isolated hut. Bambula and Kučera have a row over Mařenka, but the frivolous girl soon forgets them both and finds another boyfriend. Kučera has started drinking to recover from his unhappy love affair and is shot while walking to the pub one night. A short time before, Franěk has learned from Bambula that it was he and Kučera who shot Inge on their guard duty. Black Wolf exposes the offender. Traces on the iron trap that has killed his and Líza's puppy lead him to Franěk and the dog attacks the cruel lumberjack. Franěk looks for shelter with the border guards, but they already have several indirect proofs against him. Terrified by the furious Black Wolf, the lumberjack admits to everything.

Cast

František Peterka

dřevorubec Franěk

Radovan Lukavský

kapitán Hájek

Josef Hajdučík

psovod Štencl zvaný Bambula

Petr Haničinec

nadporučík Tomíček, Hájkův zástupce

Jiří Holý

praporčík Stogončík

Rudolf Jelínek

střelec Josef Kučera

Miloš Willig

podplukovník kontrarozvědky

Václav Švorc

major kontrarozvědky

Jan Pohan

poručík kontrarozvědky

Drahoslava Landsmanová

Inge Čermáková

Oldřich Velen

Gustl Grünnfeld

Josef Bulík

dřevorubec Bouzek

Karel Charvát

dřevorubec

Milan Jedlička

dřevorubec

Vladimír Janura

veterinář

Josef Šebek

desátník-zapisovatel

Eliška Nejedlá

brýlatá žena na zábavě

Jan Miller

střelec Karel

Václav Němec

frajer na zábavě

Miroslav Saic

řidič kapitána Hájka

Petr Šporcl

desátník Pačes

Jiří Wohanka

četař-spojař

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Josef Sandr

Assistant Director

Zdeněk Flídr

Based on

Karel Fabián (Černý vlk – reportážní črta)

Shooting Script

Stanislav Černý

Dramaturg

Pavel Klemens

Director of Photography

Jiří Tarantík

Production Designer

Jan Oliva

Assistent Production Designer

Václav Hlávka

Set Designer

Rudolf Beneš, Josef Calta

Costume Designer

Fernand Vácha

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Assistant Film Editor

Jitka Šulcová

Special Effects

Trikový ateliér FSB

Production Manager

Eliška Nejedlá

Unit Production Manager

Vladislav Špidra, Jiří Zika

Unit Production Manager

Antonín Suchánek

Consultant

pplk. Ing. Karel Hartl, mjr. Ing. Milan Nejezchleba

Cooperation

Hana Macháčková (klapka), Alena Červená (fotografka), Pohraniční stráž Sušice, Jednotka PS Knížecí Pláně

Music

Music Composed by

Miloš Vacek

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by František Belfín), Starošumavská dechová muzika Karla Polaty (Music Conducted by Karel Polata)

Songs

Bylo léto

Songwriter Mojmír Smékal

V Hodoníně za vojáčka mňa vzali

Songwriter lidová píseň
Singer Josef Hajdučík

V pošumavském kraji

Songwriter lidová píseň
Singer sbor

Production info

Original Title

Černý vlk

Czech Title

Černý vlk

English Title

The Black Wolf

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

adventure

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1971

Production Year

1971

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 8 February 1971
technical Screenplay approved 7 April 1971
start of filming 19 May 1971
end of filming 25 August 1971
projection approval 2 December 1971

Premiere

premiere 3 February 1972 /suitable for youths/ (kina Letka a Kotva, Praha)
premiere 4 February 1972 /suitable for youths/ (celostátní)

Studio

Barrandov

Creative Group

Dramaturgická skupina Vojtěcha Trapla, Vojtěch Trapl (vedoucí dramaturgické skupiny), Výrobní skupina Jiřího Šebora, Jiří Šebor (vedoucí výrobní skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

91 min

Original length in metres

2 560 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,66

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech