Nurse Alena’s Love Affair

drama, psychological

Typology

feature

Czech title

Známost sestry Aleny

Runtime

83

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1973

Production year

1973

Premiere

05.10.1973

Language version

Czech

Director

Miroslav Hubáček

Screenplay

Miroslav Hubáček, Vladimír Bor, Václav Šašek

Screenstory

Miroslav Hubáček, Vladimír Bor

Summary

Based on the eponymous novel by Marie Pujmanová, director Miroslav Hubáček shot the feature film Známost sestry Aleny (Nurse Alena’s Love Affair, 1973) about the title character’s love affair with a racing car driver. Karel Mareš, has been through a serious kidney operation and should not be allowed to drive, but he insists on getting behind the wheel to compete in a national rally. The dramatic course of the race vindicates the opinion of Dr. Srdínek, his personal physician. But even when Karel’s dreams of a racing career are lost in the ensuing smash-up, his loving Helena supports him… Screenwriters Vladimír Bor and Václav Šašek changed the profession of Pujmanová’s main character, who was originally a journalist, to allow for more visually dramatic moments in the film. The leading roles in this nearly forgotten feature are played by popular Slovak actors Emília Vášáryová and Štefan Kvietik, who are overdubbed into Czech by Miluše Švormová and Jan Tříska.

Synopsis

Young car racer Karel has just undergone a kidney operation. Recovering, he falls in love with a pretty nurse Alena whom he tries to attract when coming for medical check-ups to the hospital. At first Alena refuses, but eventually she accepts his invitation for dinner, followed by a dance. Alena soon falls in love with the energetic boy, who cannot live without the excitement of car racing. After his recovery, Karel wants to get back to the race-course at all costs. He starts preparing for a national rallye and Alena accompanies him. Doctor Srdínko, Karel's attending doctor, emphatically warns Alena, that Karel should refrain from racing forever. Karel is unwilling to admit this fact, though. Firstly, the race looks good for Karel and his navigator Jiří. During the race in rough terrain, Karel has a kidney attack. Alena calls up doctor Srdínko who gives Karel an injection, but advises him to withdraw from the race. Jiří is also afraid of taking further risk with Karel. Finally, they both decide to take part in the rallye the following day. However, Karel is unable to drive. Jiří takes over the driving from him, but he cannot find the correct direction; he is leaving the car in anger. Karel finishes the race on his own, having taken wrong way and long after the set time limit. He is very unhappy because his longed-for world broke to pieces. Loving Alena helps him to overcome the crisis and Karel returns to hospital to undergo another operation.

Cast

Emília Vášáryová

zdravotní sestra Alena

Štefan Kvietik

závodní jezdec Karel Mareš

Martin Růžek

manažer klubu Hlaváč

Otakar Brousek

MUDr. Srdínko

Petr Budín

Jiří, Karlův navigátor a spolujezdec

Robert Vrchota

mechanik Topinka

Aleš Košnar

mechanik Vláďa

Emma Černá

zdravotní sestra Blanka

Zdena Burdová

instrumentářka

Mirko Musil

hotelový host v náladě

Václav Štekl

hotelový vrátný

Václav Picko

startér závodů

Naďa Konvalinková

zdravotní sestra Jarka

Jiřina Chlumská

pacientka

Ludmila Šafářová

zdravotní sestra

Ivan Sellák

vrchní

Jana Sedlmajerová

Olina

Zdeněk Hess

řidič harleye

Ivo Hrdina

pořadatel

Bohumír Procházka

závodník

Pavel Hrubeš

saniťák

Karel Piskáček

dirigent v baru

Aleš Vaverka

hudebník v baru

Bedřich Volf

hudebník v baru

Karel Znamenáček

hudebník v baru

Václav Syřiště

dubl za Š. Kvietika

Josef Srnský

dubl za R. Vrchotu

Zdeněk Synek

dubl za A. Košnara

Dubbing

Libuše Švormová

hlas Aleny

Jan Tříska

hlas Karla

Eduard Cupák

hlas Jiřího

Jaromír Hanzlík

hlas Vládi

Jaroslava Schallerová

hlas laborantky

Jorga Kotrbová

hlas Jarka

Jiří Kodet

hlas vrchního

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

František Matoušek

Assistant Director

Tomáš Urban, Lilian Havlíčková

Based on

Marie Pujmanová (Sestra Alena – novela)

Shooting Script

Miroslav Hubáček

Script Editor

Václav Šašek

Second Unit Photography

Václav Helliman

Camera Operator

Bohumil Vodička

Production Designer

Karel Vacek

Set Designer

Karel Lukáš, Václav Pošta, Jiří Čermák

Costume Designer

Jiří Sochovský

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Sound Designer

Ladislav Hausdorf

Production Manager

Jaromír Lukáš

Unit Production Manager

Radomír Hubáček, Jiří Ulrich

Unit Production Manager

Blanka Rýdlová

Consultant

Miroslav Cejp, Ing. Zdeněk Turek, MUDr. Zdeněk Trefný, CSc., Václav Syřiště

Cooperation

Daniela Pilařová, Alena Červená, Jitka Šulcová, Vladimír Hovorka

Music

Music Composed by

Zdeněk Liška

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Známost sestry Aleny

English Title

Nurse Alena’s Love Affair

Working Title

Sestra Alena

Copyright

1973

Production Year

1973

Premiere

05.10.1973

Creative Group

Karel Cop, Václav Šašek

Technical info

Format

Betacam

Versions

Czech