Five Men and One Heart

narrative

Typology

feature

Czech title

Pět mužů a jedno srdce

Runtime

75

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1971

Production year

1971

Premiere

10/1971

Language version

Czech

Director

Jan Matějovský

Screenplay

Jaroslav Dietl, Jan Matějovský

Screenstory

Jaroslav Dietl

Summary

Screenwriter Jaroslav Dietl’s forays into the world of doctors were not merely limited to the popular TV series Nemocnice na kraji města (Hospital on the Edge of Town, 1977). In 1971, he worked on a project combining stylised scenes and real documentary footage. The latter content included heart surgery filmed in the Hradec Králové teaching hospital. Serving as the viewers’ guide in the story is hospital attendant Cajthaml (Josef Hlinomaz), who comments upon the events taking place in one hospital department over 24 hours with a good deal of humour and wonder. A team of surgeons, headed by chief physician Hrůza (Martin Růžek), spend the day attending to a Mr Horáček. The complex operation is not disrupted despite the multitude of day-to-day problems encountered by the individual members of the operating team. Pět mužů a jedno srdce (Five Men and One Heart) serves as the sole feature-film directorial effort from Jan Matějovský, whose main spheres were television and theatre.

Synopsis

The servant Cajthaml comments with humour and affection on both the routine and dramatic events of one day in a hospital where staff are carrying out complicated heart operations. At six o'clock in the morning Cajthaml winds up the tower clock and senior sister Pešková goes off to make her first inspection of the operating theatre. Today they will be operating on the waiter Horáček, whose heart has more or less packed up. The operating team, led by the senior consultant Hrůza, is made up of highly responsible experts, but each of them has his or her own personal problems and cares. Hrůza doesn't want his son, who has not yet completed his education, to get married. Doctor Hýbl, who loves big cars, is worrying about whether to accept the offer of an attractive but very expensive car. Doctor Hofman fancies the young nurse Květa, but thinks he is too old for her, while Doctor Kořalník's wife can't stand her husband's rural Moravian relatives and the theatre nurse Chybová is about to go off on a blind date after answering a lonely hearts ad. Cajthaml imagines decisive ways in which his and their personal problems can be solved. The operation goes well, but the patient Horáček's post-operative complications have an impact on the lives of all the medical staff. The feeling that they have saved the life of a man who can now go back to his family and his work puts their own problems in perspective.

Cast

Vlastimil Brodský

internista MUDr. Jiří Hýbl

Eduard Cupák

MUDr. Hofman

Josef Hlinomaz

zřízenec Cajthaml

Vladimír Menšík

MUDr. Kořalník, asistent primáře

Nina Divíšková

Lída, Kořalníkova žena

Emma Černá

instrumentářka Věra Chybová

Lubomír Kostelka

anesteziolog MUDr. Jan Kostrhún

Martin Růžek

primář profesor MUDr. Zdeněk Hrůza

Martin Štěpánek

medik Zdeněk, Hrůzův syn

Marie Motlová

vrchní sestra Pešková

Jana Šulcová

zdravotní sestra Květa Provazníková

Jiří Krampol

podvodník Souček

Ctibor Turba

podvodník Polívka

Regina Rázlová

Hasmanová, přítelkyně Zdeňka

Zdeněk Dryšl

pacient Horáček

Hana Kreihanslová

manželka primáře

Jiřina Třebická

redaktorka Zunová z Vlasty

Božena Böhmová

Horáčkova příbuzná

Vašek Mlýnek

otec Kořalník

Míla Myslíková

Kujalová, sousedka Chybové

Oldřich Velen

vrchní číšník

Jan Kanyza

pacient

Čestmír Válek

pacient

Vít Pešina

pacient

Taťána Dvořáčková

tanečnice-svatebčanka

Jarmila Gerlová

tanečnice-svatebčnka

Jitka Hamerníková

tanečnice-svatebčanka

Jitka Kornová

tanečnice-svatebčanka

Zdena Návratová

tanečnice-svatebčanka

Irena Němcová

tanečnice-svatebčanka

Helena Postránecká

tanečnice-svatebčanka

Marta Stropková

tanečnice-svatebčanka

Miloslav Korn

tanečník-svatebčan

Alexej Marmazinský

tanečník-svatebčan

Roman Mihina

tanečník-svatebčan

Jaroslav Šmída

tanečník-svatebčan

Josef Štágr

tanečník-svatebčan

Jiří Urych

tanečník-svatebčan

Vlastimil Zavřel

tanečník-svatebčan

K. Uchytil

tanečník-svatebčan

Karel Hovorka

bratranec

Eugen Jegorov

závodník

MUDr. Kovář

MUDr. Papoušek

Carmen Mayerová

servírka

Vincenc Vávra

funebrák

Jiří Lír

vrátný

Dubbing

Rudolf Pellar

hlas nápadníka Chybové

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Milan Muchna

Assistant Director

Miroslav Voštiar, Věra Rathová

Screenstory

Jaroslav Dietl

Script Editor

Josef Bouček

Second Unit Photography

Richard Valenta

Camera Operator

Vladimír Smutný

Production Designer

Oldřich Bosák

Set Designer

Ivo Černý, Vladimír Ježek, Ladislav Winkelhöfer, Jiří Žebrakovský

Costume Designer

Jarmila Konečná

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Sound Designer

František Fabián

Unit Production Manager

Věra Winkelhöferová, Josef Mojžíš

Unit Production Manager

Vlasta Mathauserová

Consultant

prof. MUDr. Jaroslav Procházka, MUDr. Luděk Barták

Cooperation

Bohumil Nový, Richard Polák, Olga Hrčková, Jitka Šulcová

Music

Music Composed by

Jan Klusák

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Pět mužů a jedno srdce

English Title

Five Men and One Heart

Copyright

1971

Production Year

1971

Premiere

10/1971

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 4. mezinárodní festival filmů Červeného kříže a zdravotnických filmů Varna

1973
Varna / Bulgaria

Vítěz

Festival: 10. festival českých a slovenských filmů Plzeň

1972
Plzeň / Czechoslovakia