Little Boris, a Sergeant

narrative

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Borisek malý seržant

Runtime

85 min

Country

Czechoslovakia, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

Copyright

1975

Production year

1975

Premiere

11/1976

Language version

Czech

Director

Lev Golub

Summary

Soviet director Lev Golub shot the children’s film Puščik jede do Prahy (Pushchik Goes to Prague) about the friendship between Russian and Czech “pioneers” (socialist youth scouts) in the seminal year of 1968. Another co-production in Golub’s filmography is the war drama Borisek malý seržant (Little Boris, a Sergeant, 1975). Its story centres on an orphaned boy who attains the rank of junior sergeant in the medical corps. Borisek, whose family has been massacred by the White Army, himself faces death whilst caring for wounded soldiers. One day, he takes it upon himself to inform the mother of a Czech soldier named Lukáš of her son’s death. He spends three days in the Czech lands, where he enjoys the feeling of living a normal childhood, as he was anticipating. Then, however, he returns to the front… The title role is played by the only non-professional actor in the cast, Valentin Klimenkov. The part of Lukáš’s mother is portrayed by Vlasta Vlasáková.

Synopsis

In a Byelorussian village the German soldiers massacred all the family except for a small boy who was shut in a metal barrel and sent down the river. Fortunately his moaning is overheard by soldiers of the Red Army and soldier Aljoša in a heavy firing draws the barrel near to the bank. Miserable Borisek, after recovery, becomes a regular member of the medical military service and attains the rank of younger sergeant. He selflessly takes care of the wounded and thus one day, in the middle of fight, draws back to the shelter the soldier Jaroslav Lukáš from the Czechoslovak armycorps. He dresses his wound and Jaroslav tells him about his widowed mother and asks him to give her his locket in case he would die. In following fight which breaks out in the morning both Lukáš and Aljoša perish and Borisek himself is seriously wounded. He undergoes medical treatment in military hospital and learns Czech from the Czech soldier František. The war ends for him in Bohemia where he is given three days leave to keep the promise. In Vysoká Hora he finds the old ill Mrs Lukášová but has not courage enough to tell her about her son's death. Borisek lives with her, makes friends with local children and after many years he again plays games. But in the last evening Mrs Lukášová finds the locket in Borisek's blouse which she wanted to wash up. The boy tries to console the crying woman and instinctively addresses her as mother. The following day they photograph themselves, then Borisek returns to his troop and the children and the old lady see him off.

Note

The novel, the film was based on, was inspired by an actual event which happened in the town of Bakov nad Jizerou.

Cast

Valentin Klimenkov

mladší seržant Borisek Michajlovič

Miroslav Nohýnek

český voják Jaroslav Lukáš

Vlasta Vlasáková

Lukášova matka

Gennadij Korolkov

podplukovník Petr Ivanovič Drozd

Alexandr Barkovskij

voják Aljoša

Lucie Klégrová

Štěpánka

Vladimír Hlavatý

děda Brož

Zdena Burdová

zdravotní sestra

Olga Karásková

hokynářka

Jan Krafka

raněný voják

Jiří Lír

lékárník

Josef Šebek

český voják František

Jan Pohan

vojenský lékař

Petr Skarke

poručík Tomáš

Jitka Zelenohorská

zdravotnice v boji

Jaroslava Tichá

žena v šátku

Bohumila Dolejšová

mladá žena

Milena Steinmasslová

mladá dívka

Pavel Maršík

Pavel

Martin Vedral

chlapeček

Zdeněk Havel

Jiří

Stanislav Tuschl

fotbalista

Jiří Čermák

fotbalista

Jaromír Krob

fotbalista

Jindřich Matys

fotbalista

Radek Nedoma

fotbalista

Martin Chaluš

kluk

Paul Butkevič

A. Černockij

A. Usov

Crew and creators

Director

Lev Golub

Second Unit Director

Jaroslava Vošmiková, Alexandr Čekmeněv

Assistant Director

Žofie Futerová, Magdalena Davidová

Based on

Alois Havel (Borisek – novela)

Second Unit Photography

Vadim Kuprijanov

Set Designer

Václav Kozel, Vladimír Mácha, Lev Makarevič, Rudolf Příhoda

Costume Designer

Stella Drozdová

Sound Designer

Viktor Mors

Production Manager

Ludmila Tikovská, Simeon Tulman

Unit Production Manager

František Jaderník, J. Kratochvíl

Unit Production Manager

Daniela Norová

Consultant

gen. plk. Grigorij Ariko, plk. Ing. Augustin Procházka

Cooperation

Dagmar Pitráková, Josef Janoušek, V. Alakin, N. Bazilevskaja, J. Bursík, B. Berzner, Vladimír Hovorka, G. Kolcov, G. Kopačevskij, P. Krivostaněnko, Ž. Petlenkova

Music

Music Composed by

Jan Tausinger

Music Performed by

Státní symfonický orchestr kinematografie SSSR

Music Conducted by

M. Něrsesjan (Státní symfonický orchestr kinematografie SSSR)

Songs

Černé oči, jděte spát, Ach, není, tu není

Songwriter

lidová píseň (Černé oči, jděte spát), lidová píseň (Ach, není, tu není)

Singer

Miroslav Nohýnek (Černé oči, jděte spát), Vlasta Vlasáková (Černé oči, jděte spát)

Production info

Original Title

Borisek malý seržant

English Title

Little Boris, a Sergeant

Parallel Title

Maleňkij seržant

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

narrative

Origin country

Czechoslovakia, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

Copyright

1975

Production Year

1975

Premiere

11/1976

Creative Group

Ota Hofman

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

85 min

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 5. festival dětských filmů České Budějovice

1976
České budějovice / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 14. festival českých a slovenských filmů Brno

1976
Brno / Czechoslovakia
Valentin Klimenkov

Vítěz

Festival: 16. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1976
Zlín / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 16. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1976
Zlín / Czechoslovakia
Valentin Klimenkov