People from the Subway

short-story

Typology

feature

Czech title

Lidé z metra

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1974

Production year

1974

Premiere

17.05.1974

Director

Jaromil Jireš

Screenplay

Vladimír Kalina, Jaromil Jireš

Screenstory

Vladimír Kalina

Summary

Many artists of the Czechoslovak New Wave had to publicly atone for their works of the 1960s by making films that were openly subservient to the “normalisation” ideology. Among them was Jaromil Jireš, the director of a forbidden drama based on a Milan Kundera novel, Žert (The Joke, 1968). Following his poetic tale of a young communist girl waiting for execution in a Nazi prison, …a pozdravuji vlaštovky (Greetings to the Swallows, 1972), Jireš realised the narrative film Lidé z metra (People from the Subway, 1974). Incorporating the construction of the C line of the Prague metro, he takes us into the personal stories of the three protagonists: an estranged couple is reunited through the demolition of an old house, an old labourer aids the completion of the project with an idea, and an emotionally alienated Polish worker is able to change his life when he finds an old coin. The characters are brought together during a trial run of the new metro line… The interesting casting enhances the quality of the film.

Synopsis

Three short stories. Prague finally sees the approval of the subway construction. Thousands of individuals took part in preparing, course and finalizing construction of subway and their lives crossed at certain points of this construction.

Cast

Václav Neužil

inženýr Brousek, hlavní projektant

Hana Sekyrová

Brouskova žena

Bohdan Pavlík

syn Brouskových

Ivan Vyskočil

svářeč Cyril Svojtka

Ferdinand Krůta

Brunclík, Cyrilův kolega

Petr Kopřiva

číšník v baru

Josef Nechutný

Cyrilův přítel

Bohuš Záhorský

baraba Bohuslav Fiala zvaný Bulfas

Ladislav Pešek

projektant inženýr Jan Roháček

Zdeněk Řehoř

inženýr Röckl

Bohumil Šmída

Čihák, Bulfasův kamarád

Vladimír Hlavatý

Junk, Bulfasův kamarád

L. H. Struna

Kačer, Bulfasův kamarád

Vladislav Beneš

Kamil Mašek

Jiří Ptáčník

inženýr Havránek

Vojtěch Ron

hostinský U zeleného stromu

Jaromír Hanzlík

Bogan, řidič pásového nakladače

Július Vašek

Babiak, mistr na stavbě

Jiří Hálek

překupník Motejlek

Kateřina Macháčková

studentka archeologie Jana Říhová

Jiřina Krejčíková

úřednice Jitka

František Husák

asistent fakulty archeologie

Stella Májová

prodavačka ve starožitnostech

Josef Koza

vrátný Franta

Rudolf Růžička (2)

vrchní číšník

Olga Seidlová

účetní

Emil Kavan

vrátný

Rudolf Kalina

kamelot

Karel Hovorka

číšník

Josef Střecha

kameraman

Jaroslava Schallerová

dívka v baru

Petr Baran

výrostek

Karel Urban

výrostek

Rudolf Tesáček

baraba

Jan Krafka

baraba

Jiří Čutka

baraba

Lubomír Kostelka [dab]

hlas číšníka

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Zeno Dostál

Assistant Director

Bohumil Koška, Anna Lackovičová

Screenstory

Vladimír Kalina

Shooting Script

Jaromil Jireš

Second Unit Photography

Oldřich Hubáček

Camera Operator

Bohumír Schwarzer, Jiří Knotek

Production Designer

Jan Oliva

Set Designer

Jiří Cvrček, Bohumil Kadlec

Costume Designer

Marta Kaplerová

Film Editor

Josef Valušiak

Sound Designer

Pavel Jelínek

Production Manager

Václav Rouha

Unit Production Manager

Zdeňka Černá, Blažej Vráb

Unit Production Manager

Eva Charvátová

Consultant

Ing. Karel Matzner

Cooperation

Danuše Kubátová, Zdeněk Dukát, Růžena Hejsková, Jana Šimonová, Jan Sedláček (2)

Music

Music Composed by

Luboš Fišer

Selected Music

Antonín Dvořák (Rusalka /árie Měsíčku na nebi hlubokém/)

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO)

Songs

Na Šumavě je dolina

Singer

Vladimír Hlavatý (Na Šumavě je dolina), L. H. Struna (Na Šumavě je dolina), Bohumil Šmída (Na Šumavě je dolina)

Production info

Original Title

Lidé z metra

English Title

People from the Subway

Copyright

1974

Production Year

1974

Premiere

17.05.1974

Creative Group

Miloš Brož

Technical info

Format

35mm