Oasis

adventure, drama, war

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Oáza

Runtime

88 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1972

Production year

1971

Premiere

11.08.1972

Language version

Czech

Director

Zbyněk Brynych

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

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

Dubbing

Eduard Cupák

hlas německého majora Luftwafe von Lüderitze

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Jaromír Borek

Assistant Director

Viktor Karásek, Marie Beránková

Screenstory

Kamil Pixa

Script Editor

Oldřich Železný

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, Otto Hudrlík

Cooperation

Daniela Pilařová (klapka), Miloslav Mirvald (fotograf)

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Sternwald

Music Conducted by

Kamil Hála (Jazzový orchestr Československého rozhlasu), František Belfín (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Oáza

English Title

Oasis

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

adventure, drama, war

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1972

Production Year

1971

Premiere

11.08.1972

Creative Group

Zdeněk Dufek, Skupina zakázkových filmů

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

88 min

Versions

Czech