Oasis

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1972

Production year

1971

Premiere

11 August 1972

Runtime

88 min

Category

film

Genre

adventure, drama, war

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Oáza

Czech title

Oáza

English title

Oasis

Summary

Among the spotty filmography of director Zbyňek Brynych, this drama from 1972 perhaps serves as his most interesting project. Set in 1943, Oáza (Oasis) tells the story of seven Czechoslovak escapees of a Nazi foreign legion. As their German plane crashes in the Saharan desert, the men are forced into a battle for their very lives. Made in an international co-production with the Soviet Union, the film was shot in Turkmenistan. The taboo subject of Czechs forced to fight for the Nazis is broached amidst the stifling “normalisation” era under the auspices of an anti-Fascist drama. But rather than serving as a war film, Oasis is essentially a simple, clinical description of how spirits can be tested amidst a severe life-or-death struggle. With its unique subject matter, authentic evocation, and visually interesting camera work, the film also benefits from exotic locations and strong acting performances. These are chiefly delivered by Radoslav Brzobohatý, Štefan Kvietik and Rudolf Hrušínský.

Synopsis

The year is 1943. The war is raging between the Germans and the Allies in North Africa. A truck with a Czech crew, Lieutenant Navara and six soldiers, escapes from the Foreign Legion fortress. Their aim is to reach the Allies and fight against Nazism. The truck is destroyed by a German army plane, which is hit by enemy fire in its turn. One Czech soldier dies in the attack, the driver is badly wounded, and Navara has serious burns on his face. The group has very little water and must reach an oasis that is 60 km away. During their journey through the desert the driver dies. The remaining soldiers, exhausted and thirsty, reach the oasis. But the three-man crew of the crushed German plane has reached the oasis before them. The Germans capture the Czech soldiers and force them to work on clearing out the blocked well. Their own water supplies are sufficient. The Czechs seize a convenient moment to overpower the Germans and the situation is reversed. The well is cleaned out, but has no water in it. Everybody suffers from the lack of water. The Germans have also used up their water supplies. Suddenly, Pepin looks inside the well and sees it filling with water. His cry provokes the maddened Baron, who shoots him. The rest are saved and rejoice in having water, but then one of the Germans starts shooting at the Czechs. A battle breaks out which only Navara and the soldier Olda survive.

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Cast

Radoslav Brzobohatý

poručík cizinecké legie Jan Navara

Štefan Kvietik

seržant cizinecké legie

Rudolf Hrušínský

kaprál cizinecké legie zvaný Baron

Jaroslav Rozsíval

vojín cizinecké legie Olda

Ladislav Potměšil

vojín cizinecké legie Pepin

Jiří Krampol

vojín cizinecké legie Kaiser, smolař

Josef Bláha

vojín cizinecké legie zvaný Mamina, řidič kamionu

Wilhelm Koch-Hooge

Dubbing Eduard Cupák
německý major Luftwafe von Lüderitz

Zdeněk Řehoř

německý voják Berg

Josef Vinklář

německý střelec Nowak

Petr Jákl

dubl za Radoslava Brzobohatého

Ludvík Wolf

dubl za Štefana Kvietika

Zdeněk Srstka

dubl za Rudolfa Hrušínského

Karel Engel

dubl za Jaroslava Rozsívala

Jiří Sládek

dubl za Ladislava Potměšila

Jaroslav Tomsa

dubl za Jiřího Krampola a Zdeňka Řehoře

Karel Vítek

dubl za Josefa Bláhu

Jiří Plachý

dubl za Wilhelma Koch-Hoogeho

Jaroslav Klenot

dubl za Josefa Vinkláře

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Jaromír Borek

Assistant Director

Viktor Karásek, Marie Beránková

Screenstory

Kamil Pixa

Script Editor

Oldřich Železný

Director of Photography

Josef Vaniš

Second Unit Photography

Václav Helliman

Camera Operator

Bohumil Vodička

Production Designer

Bohumil Pokorný

Assistent Production Designer

Karel Vacek

Set Designer

Ivo Černý, Miloš Osvald, Jiří Rulík

Costume Designer

Jan Kropáček

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Assistant Film Editor

Jitka Šulcová

Sound Designer

Ladislav Hausdorf

Special Effects

Vladimír Dvořák, Jiří Šimunek, Ludvík Malý

Production Manager

Jiří Pokorný

Unit Production Manager

Jaromír Lukáš, Vlasta Synkulová

Unit Production Manager

Blanka Rýdlová

Consultant

plk. Alois Bíca, plk. ing. Richard Zdráhala, Ing. Otto Hudrlík

Cooperation

Daniela Pilařová (klapka), Miloslav Mirvald (fotograf)

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Sternwald

Music Performed by

Jazzový orchestr Československého rozhlasu (Music Conducted by Kamil Hála), FISYO

Production info

Original Title

Oáza

Czech Title

Oáza

English Title

Oasis

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

adventure, drama, war

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1972

Production Year

1971

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 27 July 1970
technical Screenplay approved 13 November 1970
start of filming 2 September 1971
end of filming 21 December 1971
projection approval 6 July 1972

Premiere

premiere 11 August 1972

Creative Group

Dramaturgická skupina Zdeňka Dufka, Zdeněk Dufek (vedoucí dramaturgické skupiny), Skupina zakázkových filmů, Jan Klement (vedoucí Skupiny zakázkových filmů), Výrobní skupina Bohumila Šmídy, Bohumil Šmída (vedoucí výrobní skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

88 min

Original length in metres

2 320 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,66, 1:2,35

Colour

colour

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech