Shadow of a Flying Bird

narrative, psychological

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Stín létajícího ptáčka

Runtime

89 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1977

Production year

1977

Premiere

01.10.1977

Language version

Czech

Director

Jaroslav Balík

Summary

Over more than a decade, director Jaroslav Balík and author and screenwriter Jan Otčenášek collaborated on countless projects, including Reportáž psaná na oprátce (Report from the Gallows, 1961); Jak se krade milión (How I Stole a Million, 1967); Ta třetí (The Third One, 1968); Milenci v roce jedna (Lovers in the Year One, 1973); and V každém pokoji žena (A Woman in Every Room, 1974). In 1977, Balík and Otčenášek created this drama about two parents, whose only son Štěpán dies in a motorcycle accident. Štěpán’s girlfriend, waitress Jana, previously unknown to his parents, escaped from the accident with a broken leg. The relationship between the distressed parents and the girl, who at first comes across as rather superficial, is far from warm… The parents in this somewhat moralising film are played by Petr Haničinec and Věra Galatíková. Eva Píchová assumes the challenging role of Jana. A pre-fame 22-year-old Oldřich Kaiser makes a brief appearance at the beginning of the film in the role of the ill-fated Štěpán.

Synopsis

After a short acquaintance, Štěpán Sochor and waitress Jana spend a wonderful time together in the countryside. On the way back, they have a car accident. Štěpán is killed and Jana ends up in the hospital with a broken arm. The Sochors, reputable citizens of the town of Švamberk, are devastated by the death of their only son. Neither Sochor, nor his wife knew about Jana. Sochor visits her in the hospital, but the encounter with the girl comes as a shock to him. He cannot understand how his gentle, sensitive boy could date such an ordinary, even vulgar, girl. Mrs Sochorová is more tolerant and invites Jana to stay with them until she recovers. Jana accepts and quickly makes herself at home in Štěpán's room. Jana's living together with the Sochors is not easy. Sochor especially, who has trouble coming to terms with his son's death, is annoyed by Jana's presence and by what he thinks to be her carelessness. Gradually, though, he and the girl start understanding and influencing each other. Sochor overcomes his grief and starts to work again. Jana eventually leaves the Sochors' home, but promises to come back to visit. She learns never to forget Štěpán's words that a goal achieved is like the shadow of a flying bird; over and over again, man must push on to pursue new ambitions.

Cast

Petr Haničinec

vedoucí stavební komise Vojta Sochor

Věra Galatíková

pokladní Jiřina, Sochorova žena

Eva Píchová

servírka Jana Čížová

Ilja Prachař

tajemník OV KSČ Karel Benda, Vojtův kamarád

Jorga Kotrbová

Alena, Karlova nevěsta

Bohumila Dolejšová

servírka Olina

Oldřich Kaiser

Štěpán, syn Sochorových

Jana Riháková

Jitka Kalousová, Štěpánova bývalá

Svatopluk Skládal

zájemce o dům

Josef Vondráček

Emil, manžel Oliny

Václav Bouška

číšník

Václav Kotva

číšník

Ladislav Šimek

číšník

Karel Fridrich

úředník

Petr Skarke

Maršík

Ladislav Křiváček

příslušník VB

Martin Velda

Miloš

Nataša Kalousová

Helena

Jana Werichová

řidička

Jan Večeřa

Kareš

Dubbing

Viktor Preiss

hlas Štěpána

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Milena Kropáčková

Assistant Director

Jan Prokop, Pavla Marková

Shooting Script

Jaroslav Balík

Script Editor

Václav Nývlt

Second Unit Photography

Viktor Růžička

Camera Operator

Vojtěch Kuthan

Production Designer

Zbyněk Hloch

Costume Designer

Marta Kaplerová

Film Editor

Eva Bobková

Sound Designer

Roman Hloch

Production Manager

Karel Kochman

Unit Production Manager

Petra Havlínová, Věra Lukášová

Unit Production Manager

Pavel Mangl

Cooperation

Eliška Moulisová, Zdeněk Dukát, Štěpánka Stříbrná, Michael Poledník

Music

Music Composed by

Karel Mareš

Selected Music

Johann Sebastian Bach (Orchestrální suita č. 3 D-dur /Air/)

Music Performed by

FISYO, Studiový orchestr

Music Conducted by

Jan Hrábek (FISYO)

Songs

A já taká čarna, Zaspala nevěsta, Pane vrchní, platím

Songwriter

lidová píseň (A já taká čarna), lidová píseň (Zaspala nevěsta), Karel Mareš (Pane vrchní, platím)

Writer of Lyrics

Zdeněk Borovec (Pane vrchní, platím)

Singer

Eva Píchová (A já taká čarna), Věra Galatíková (A já taká čarna), Eva Píchová (Zaspala nevěsta), Ilja Prachař (Zaspala nevěsta), Jorga Kotrbová (Zaspala nevěsta), Jiří Korn (Pane vrchní, platím)

Production info

Original Title

Stín létajícího ptáčka

English Title

Shadow of a Flying Bird

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

narrative, psychological

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1977

Production Year

1977

Premiere

01.10.1977

Creative Group

Vladimír Kalina

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

89 min

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 16. festival českých a slovenských filmů České Budějovice

1978
České Budějovice / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Event: 6. filmové setkání Fórum mladého filmu Koszalin

1978
Koszalin / Poland
Eva Sitteová

Vítěz

Festival: 16. festival českých a slovenských filmů České Budějovice

1978
České Budějovice / Czechoslovakia
Eva Sitteová

Vítěz

Festival: 15. filmový festival mladých Špindlerův Mlýn

1977
Špindlerův Mlýn / Czechoslovakia
Jan Otčenášek

Vítěz

Festival: 15. filmový festival mladých Špindlerův Mlýn

1977
Špindlerův Mlýn / Czechoslovakia
Jaroslav Balík