Shots in Marienbad

drama, historical

Typology

feature

Czech title

Výstřely v Mariánských Lázních

Runtime

88

Country

Czechoslovakia, German Democratic Republic

Copyright

1973

Production year

1973

Premiere

15.02.1974

Language version

Czech

Director

Ivo Toman

Screenplay

Jiří Cirkl, Ivo Toman, Karel Cop (dialogy)

Summary

This 1973 crime drama from director Ivo Toman and screenwriter Václav Gajer was inspired by real-life events. The story, set after the end of the Second World War, sees a group of crime investigators dust down a murder case file from 23 years ago – the unsolved shooting of a German anti-fascist, professor Lessing. But insufficient evidence exists to charge the suspected killer, Eckert. And so the investigators must undertake considerable footwork, travelling from the town of Mariánské Lázně to the Prague archives in search of evidence. The criminal drama unveils the details behind a politically-motivated murder, set against the attractive backdrop of the west Bohemian spa town. A co-production with East Germany’s DEFA, the film stars Václav Neužil in the lead role as inspector Šedý, and Josef Abrhám as assistant Hanousek. Karel Hlušička plays the accused Eckert.

Synopsis

On 30 August 1933, a German anti-fascist and philosopher, Professor Theodor Lessing was shot dead in Mariánské Lázně (Marianbad a well-known Czech spa). The murderer fled to Germany. - In 1945, after the World War II, the police in Mariánské Lázně look after the security, headed by CID inspector Šedý and his assistant Hanousek. Irma Stich, a German national, announces to them a twelve years old murder. She even knows the name of the murderer who now lives in the town and works for a local garage. Hanousek has no interest in an old crime, because the police are busy anyway. Šedý, however, remembers the Lessing's case and wants to investigate it. Hanousek apprehends the murderer whose name is Eckert, but they cannot find sufficient reasons for his conviction. Moreover, Eckert controverts all the accusations. Major Fulín, Šedý's superior, prohibits further investigation. Nevertheless, inspector continues on his own. A former colleague of Šedý's, Mr Pacák, brings the investigation forward by informing Šedý about further details. He takes Šedý to the archives in Prague to look up the evidence about Eckert's guilt. Šedý is able to carry out a re-enactment and convict him of the joint guilt in the murder. Eckert is sentenced to 12 years of imprisonment. After his release, he is expelled to Germany.

Cast

Václav Neužil

kriminální inspektor Josef Šedý

Josef Abrhám

inspektorův asistent Václav Hanous

Karel Hlušička

Rudolf Maxmilián Eckert alias Förster

Bohuslav Ličman

policista Paleček

Jaroslav Pospíšil

policista Hovorka

Karel Hábl

policista Veselý

Friederike Aust

Irma Stichová

Bohumil Šmída

inspektor Pacák

Wilhelm Koch-Hooge

antifašista Willi Habermann

Zdeněk Dítě

major Fulín

Adolf Filip

policejní rada Kareš

Vladimír Ptáček

policejní agent Eberman

Brigitte Wähner

hostinská Krauseová

Zdeněk Kutil

žalobce

L. H. Struna

vrátný v archivu

Oto Ševčík

novinář

Pavel Pitner

novinář

Curt W. Franke

velitel Krejza

Thomas Kästner

garážmistr Müller

Walter Wystemp

strážmistr

Martin Angermann

dozorce

Victor Keune

Marcan

Günter Rüger

úředník

Hans Kopprasch

pekař Bür

Roland Kuchenbuch

Jan Stranner

Otto Manfred

příslušník RG

Hannes Stelzer

příslušník RG

Heinz-Karl Konrad

Anton Eckert, Rudolfův bratr

Manfred Richter

Ernst Zitterbarth

Johannes Wieke

Malina

Vojtěch Švojgr

profesor Theodor Lessing

Jiří Slezák

dr. Schwarzkopf

Vladimír Kotrlík

soudce

Bert Schneider

obhájce

Jiří Šrámek

přísedící u soudu

Rudolf Wolf

zajatý německý důstojník

Pavel Pípal

policista-strážný

Lubomír Haluška

výrostek

Stanislav Trestr

výrostek

Olga Buzková

tanečnice

Jana Čižinská

tanečnice

Květuše Homolová

tanečnice

Karla Horká-Míchalová

tanečnice

Eva Krásná

tanečnice

Karla Krausová

tanečnice

Elena Lindauerová

tanečnice

Ivana Suchá

tanečnice

Jitka Vašutová

tanečnice

Eva Zakouřilová

tanečnice

František Jákl

kaskadér

Jaroslav Klenot

kaskadér

Jindřich Sejk

kaskadér

Jiří Sládek

kaskadér

Karel Vítek

kaskadér

Dubbing

Jorga Kotrbová

hlas Irmy

Jan Skopeček

hlas Williho

Eva Jiroušková

hlas hostinské

Milan Mach

hlas žalobce

Zdeněk Kryzánek

hlas vrátného

Bohumil Švarc

hlas novináře

Stanislav Fišer

hlas novináře

Karel Hlušička

hlas Antona Eckerta

Crew and creators

Director

Ivo Toman

Second Unit Director

Václav Gajer, Claus Dobberke

Assistant Director

Robert Vacík, Magdalena Davidová

Based on

Roman Cílek (Výstřely ve vile Edelweiss – reportáž)

Screenplay

Jiří Cirkl, Ivo Toman, Karel Cop (dialogy)

Shooting Script

Ivo Toman

Script Editor

Werner Beck, Drahoslav Makovička

Second Unit Photography

Jan Kváča

Camera Operator

František Kučera

Set Designer

Miroslav Fára, Josef Pavlík, Ladislav Rada

Costume Designer

Jan Kropáček

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Sound Designer

Dobroslav Šrámek

Special Effects

Jiří Rumler

Production Manager

Rudolf Wolf, Uwe Klimek

Unit Production Manager

Helmut Bransky, Miroslav Smrček, Jiří Ulrich

Unit Production Manager

Jana Černá

Consultant

František Kruml

Cooperation

Jitka Poledňáková, Miloš Schmiedberger (2), Jitka Šulcová, Pavel Pitner, Tiskový odbor Ministerstva vnitra

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Šust

Music Performed by

Hudba Pohraniční stráže Federálního ministerstva vnitra ČSSR

Music Conducted by

Rudolf Rydval (Hudba Pohraniční stráže Federálního ministerstva vnitra ČSSR)

Production info

Original Title

Výstřely v Mariánských Lázních

English Title

Shots in Marienbad

Working Title

Profesor Lessing

Parallel Title

Schüsse in Marienbad

Copyright

1973

Production Year

1973

Premiere

15.02.1974

Creative Group

Karel Cop, Berlin – NDR

Technical info

Format

35mm

Versions

Czech