Town Unaware

crime

Typology

feature

Czech title

Město nic neví

Runtime

87

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1975

Production year

1975

Premiere

02.04.1976

Language version

Czech

Director

Dušan Klein

Screenplay

Karel Štorkán, Karel Cop

Screenstory

Karel Štorkán

Summary

A film depicting a day in the life of criminal investigators in the Ostrava police department was one result of director Dušan Klein’s specialisation in crime and detective stories throughout the 1970s. Under the dramaturgic oversight of Oldřich Železný, screenwriters Karel Cop and Karel Štorkán created a trio of different and unrelated cases. Police search in vain for a missing 16-year old girl; succeed in arresting a mentally disturbed kidnapper of infants; and in a robbery case manage to arrest a pair of lovers about to cross the border into Poland, complete with their loot, albeit at the expense of an injury to one of the investigators… In his search for authenticity, Klein cast some lesser known actors in this film, which also benefited from realistic depictions of industrial Ostrava.

Synopsis

A summer’s day. Sixteen-year-old Hedvika arrives in Ostrava. At the same time Libuše Zahradníková is conspiring with her lover Emil Kučera at a bistro, secretly observed by the crime investigator Bauch. A baby kidnapped a week before in front of a shop is found dead in the deserted waiting room at the health centre. The three events become the focus of attention of the Ostrava police crime squad. Hedvika's flight from home is reported by her parents. Bauch follows the two conspirators all the way out of town to a neighbourhood of weekend cabins where Kučera attacks him with a knife. The badly wounded policeman luckily reaches hospital in time and his written notes put his colleague on the right trail. Věra Hánová is telling a lawyer that he must compel her former friend engineer Kalvínský to visit their daughter. After leaving the lawyer, she gives money to a little girl looking after her baby brother's pram, telling her she can go and buy a bear in the toyshop . Then she takes the opportunity to steal the pram with the baby. The police are investigating all three cases. Zahradníková has a hundred and twenty thousand crowns from the robbery for which her husband has been jailed, and Kučera has stolen Bauch's pistol. The lawyer leads the police to the mentally disturbed kidnapper Hánová, who had earlier miscarried her longed-for child. The first child kidnapped by her was ill and died on the way to the health centre but fortunately, the second one has been saved. The lovers are arrested before they manage to escape to Poland. Hedvika will also be found soon. A new day begins and the town is unaware of all this...

Cast

František Řehák

major VB Kilián

Rudolf Jelínek

nadporučík VB Pěnkava

Vlastimil Hašek

nadporučík VB Falta

Jan Kanyza

poručík VB Adámek

Jaromír Spal

kapitán VB Touš

Jiří Zahajský

poručík VB Lukeš

Bohumil Šmída

nadporučík VB Bažant zvaný Fotr

Evelyna Steimarová

Libuše Zahradníková

René Přibil

Emil Kučera, milenec Zahradníkové

Helena Malehová

Věra Hánová

Milada Janderová

Hedvika Miloňová

Josef Šebek

nadporučík Stanislav Bauch

Drahomíra Hofmanová

Jana, Bauchova žena

Karel Vochoč

lázeňský

Jiří Kodet

ing. Jiří Kalvínský, bývalý přítel

Milan Riehs

informátor Ervín

Jana Vaňková

Petrmichlová, matka uneseného dítěte

Oldřich Vlček

podporučík VB Havránek

Jan Pohan

kriminalista

Lenka Termerová

kantýnská Ciprová

Jiřina Steimarová

matka inženýra Kalvínského

Karel Hábl

provozní Maxmilián Hubert

Jiří Hálek

advokát

Alois Švehlík

poručík VB Tonda

Vladimír Krška

soused s chlebem

Josef Haukvic

vrátný zdravotního střediska Nekuda

Dagmar Patrasová

zdravotní sestra

Marie Viková

prodavačka

Václav Antoš

Petrmichl

Jiřina Bílá

nájemnice

Marie Černá (2)

Eva Vajsová, kamarádka Hedviky

Alexandra Gasnárková

vedoucí prodejny

Jaroslav Wagner

MUDr. Klem

Adolf Kohuth

člen hlídky

Alexandr Postler

člen hlídky

Jan Odl

mladík

Milan Klacek

příslušník VB

Bohuslav Ličman

technik VB

Bořík Procházka

mladý lékař

A. Kubíčková

Miloňová

Miloš Zavřel

řidič Volhy

Miloslav Svoboda

domácí u Hánové

Commentary

Crew and creators

Director

Dušan Klein

Second Unit Director

Milan Klacek

Assistant Director

Jiří Prokeš, Zdenka Barochová

Screenstory

Karel Štorkán

Shooting Script

Dušan Klein

Script Editor

Oldřich Železný

Second Unit Photography

Rudolf Jokl

Camera Operator

Jan Hanzl

Production Designer

Oldřich Bosák

Set Designer

Miloš Osvald, Jiří Rulík

Costume Designer

Svatava Sophová

Production Manager

Eliška Nejedlá

Unit Production Manager

Ladislav Beneš, Jana Koubová

Unit Production Manager

Lev Veltrubský

Consultant

pplk. Miroslav Hýbl

Cooperation

Blažena Zajícová, Ivan Minář, Růžena Hejsková, Jana Šimonová, Bohumil Nový, Krájská správa VB v Ostravě

Music

Music Composed by

Svatopluk Havelka

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Songs

Mávám růží, Ptačí hnízda, Tak si běž, Šer-chán

Songwriter

Lester Lee (Mávám růží), Zeke Manners (Mávám růží), Zdeněk Marat (Ptačí hnízda), Zdeněk Marat (Tak si běž), Zdeněk Marat (Šer-chán)

Writer of Lyrics

Jiří Grossmann (Mávám růží), Vladimír Poštulka (Ptačí hnízda), Zdeněk Borovec (Tak si běž), Zdeněk Borovec (Šer-chán)

Singer

Naďa Urbánková (Mávám růží), Helena Vondráčková (Ptačí hnízda), Hana Zagorová (Tak si běž), Valerie Čižmárová (Šer-chán)

Production info

Original Title

Město nic neví

English Title

Town Unaware

Copyright

1975

Production Year

1975

Premiere

02.04.1976

Creative Group

Vladimír Kalina

Technical info

Format

35mm , Betacam

Versions

Czech