Two Things for Life

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1972

Production year

1972

Premiere

23 February 1973

Runtime

89 min

Category

film

Genre

psychological

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Dvě věci pro život

Czech title

Dvě věci pro život

English title

Two Things for Life

Summary

During the 1970s, writer-director Jiří Hanibal primarily specialised in escapist fare for children and young viewers. But in 1972, an exception was made with this psychological drama about a young man who decides to stand on his own two feet and find a “decent” job. For the discontented Vašek, that means a one-year stint in the coal mines of Ostrava. Wife Božka is unhappy with the decision. But the hard work in the mines, and the male bonding that ensues at the rooming house, both serve to open Vašek’s eyes. And so the man chooses two new life priorities: work as a miner and new love via geologist Ajka – rejecting his spoilt and increasingly alienated wife in the process. Ladislav Potměšil takes the lead role, supported by two heroic leading ladies, namely Eva Trejtnarová (Božka) and Jaroslava Brousková (Ajka).

Synopsis

After returning home from the army, Vašek has married Božka and the couple now live at her parents' house. Vašek is unhappy both with his work and with sharing the house with Božka's parents. He and his friend Ruda decide to take a temporary job in Ostrava for a year. Božka is against this, but Vašek gets his way. Mining is hard work but Vašek gradually adapts to it. He gets homesick from time to time and wants to go back, but his pride always wins out. Once he really does travel back to see Božka, but he doesn't find her at home. He has witnessed his fellow miners' unfaithfulness in Ostrava and he has also learned about Joža's wife, who has found herself a lover. He spends Christmas with Božka but has to return to Ostrava before the New Year's Eve and Božka is very unhappy about this. At a New Year's Party Vašek meets Ajka who is working at the Institute for Geology. He does not conceal the fact that he is married and Ajka agrees to meet him from time to time as a friends. Even so, with time their relationship becomes more serious. And when Vašek finds out that Božka has found another man, he stays for good in Ostrava where he now has his work and Ajka.

Cast

Eva Trejtnarová

Božka, Václavova žena

Jiří Krampol

havíř Franta Oulík

Lubor Tokoš

revírník Josef Tuháň

František Šec

havíř Patočka zvaný Saul

Július Vašek

havíř Jožo Ďurica

Oldřich Vlach

Ruda Režnar, Václavův kamarád

Karel Augusta

havíř Burda

František Řehák

havíř Sonka

Ladislav Mrkvička

havíř Maršálek

Jan Libíček

vedoucí ubytovny Vošta

Oľga Šalagová

Betka, Jožova žena

Jiří Havel

bezpečnostní technik Kouša

Pavel Jiras

muž v hospodě

Ferdinand Krůta

táta Božky

Blanka Vikusová

matka Božky

Jana Janěková

Magdina kamarádka

Oldřich Velen

vedoucí úseku Karas

Vladimír Hrabánek

muž v pyžamu

Rudolf Vodrážka

milenec Betky

Dalimil Klapka

odborový funkcionář

J. Čížková

Marcela

Karel Meister ml.

zraněný havíř

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Elmar Kloss

Assistant Director

Augustin Valko

Script Supervisor

Olga Bourková

Screenstory

Jiří Hanibal

Screenplay

Jiří Hanibal

Shooting Script

Jiří Hanibal

Script Editor

Václav Šašek

Director of Photography

Josef Vaniš

Second Unit Photography

Václav Helliman

Camera Operator

Bohumil Vodička

Production Designer

Jiří Hlupý

Assistent Production Designer

Jaromír Švarc

Set Designer

Jan Petrů, Jiří Žůček, Václav Pošta

Costume Designer

Marta Kaplerová

Film Editor

Zdeněk Stehlík

Sound Designer

Jiří Pavlík

Production Manager

Karel Kochman

Unit Production Manager

Ladislav Beneš, Petra Havlínová

Unit Production Manager

Ivo Pitrák

Cooperation

Michaela Šulcová (klapka), Jaroslav Trousil (fotograf)

Music

Music Composed by

Luboš Fišer

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by František Belfín)

Songs

Production info

Original Title

Dvě věci pro život

Czech Title

Dvě věci pro život

English Title

Two Things for Life

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

psychological

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1972

Production Year

1972

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 3 January 1972
start of filming 10 January 1972
technical Screenplay approved 4 February 1972
end of filming 13 July 1972
projection approval 10 August 1972

Premiere

festival premiere 11 January 1973 (24. filmový festival pracujících – leden ´73)
premiere 22 February 1973 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Sevastopol a Paříž, Praha)
premiere 23 February 1973 /unsuitable for youths/ (celostátní)

Creative Group

Dramaturgická skupina Karla Copa, Karel Cop (vedoucí dramaturgické skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

89 min

Original length in metres

2 500 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,66

Colour

colour

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech, Slovak

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Exhibition: 2. přehlídka současné filmové tvorby socialistických zemí Karlovy Vary

1972
Karlovy Vary / Czechoslovakia