Centaurs

drama, historical

Typology

feature

Lenght

Long

Czech title

Kentauři

Runtime

133

Country

Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

Copyright

1978

Production year

1978

Premiere

04.05.1979

Language version

Czech

Director

Vitautas Žalakjavičus

Summary

Barrandov Film Studios took part in this 1978 Czech-Hungarian-Soviet co-production from Lithuanian writer-director Vytautas Žalakevičius. The historical drama examines the political events surrounding the real-life 1973 assassination of Chilean president Salvador Allende. The left-wing politician, who attempted to create a democratic form of Marxist government, becomes the target of Chilean reactionaries, strongly supported by the American CIA. The coup plan, codenamed “Centaur”, ends up triggering civil war in Chile, fuelled by American greed and the Chilean junta. Spanning two chapters, the filmmakers chart the disintegration of the political structures created by Allende, as well as the dramatic downfall of his government. Donatas Banionis assumes the lead role. He is well-known to filmgoers for his performance in the 1972 Andrei Tarkovsky sci-fi classic Solaris.

Synopsis

1. Orlando. American CIA and Chilean opposition joined in an operation named Centaurs, whose aim is to overthrow a leftist president Allende. President's friend Orlando, head of the central intelligence, suggests a direct repel against the enemy. President Allende does not agree, believing that all citizens, including the army, will follow the laws. Orlando is denounced by the right-wing politicians, and the president has to suspend him from his office. Andres is appointed to the office. Orlando carries on the investigation on his own to reveal the enemy. 2. President. Allende's minister of defence, general Catalan, gives his resignation. In compliance with military hierarchy, he is replaced by general Pin, who is against the new democratic regime. Orlando tries to persuade the president to act immediately, but Allende does not want to take the risk of split with the army. The opposition rapidly gains the upper hand. The city is shortly surrounded by military forces. The Junta declares to free the country from Marxists. President is offered to leave the country without restraint, but he refuses to do so. Tanks and air forces attack the presidential palace. President and Orlando fight side by side with their loyal allies, being killed in the final battle.

Cast

Donatas Banionis

prezident Salvador Allende

Margit Lukács

Angelica, prezidentova žena

Regimantas Adomajtis

ředitel úřadu vyšetřování Orlando

Bruno O'Ya

švédský novinář Bruno Nilson

Jevgenij Lebeděv

generál Pin

Jelena Ivočkina

Anna Marie, Orlandova přítelkyně

Gennadij Bortnikov

důstojník Hannibal, bratr Anny Marie

Gyula Benkö

ministr obrany Catalán

Jitka Zelenohorská

tajemnice prezidenta Julie

Valentin Gaft

Andres

Ion Ungureanu

Toroa

Mihai Volontir

Evaristo, Orlandův pomocník

Tibor Tancozs

Augusto

Stanislav Němec

ministr-plukovník

Jožka Stoklasa

plukovník

Daniela Vacková

chilská dívka

Zbyněk Krákora

osobní stráž

Vít Pešina

osobní stráž

Jan Okrouhlík

osobní stráž

Viktor Anisimov

Juozas Budrajtis

Sergej Děsnickij

Dumitru Fusu

Ottó Füzessy

László Horváth

Pál Horváth

Kachi Kavsadze

Valerij Kuzin

Avtandil Kvirikašvili

Gábor Markaly

Nodar Mgaloblišvili

Anna Mojika

Irén Sütö

Valentina Brusnika

Alexandr Friedental

E. Gonzales

V. Chačikjan

A. Chamorro

Ch. Kačeli

David Mkrtčjan

I. Movšovič

G. Oskar

M. Paves

L. Popovjan

A. Ramirez

Ch. Rejbaskes

Vladimir Saltykovskij

A. Sardan

V. Torez

R. Veramendi

Dubbing

Čestmír Řanda

hlas prezidenta

Jiřina Petrovická

hlas prezidentovy ženy

Vladimír Brabec

hlas Orlanda

Igor Kvaša

hlas prezidenta v původní verzi

Vjačeslav Šalevič

hlas Orlanda v původní verzi

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Avtandil Kvirikašvili, Zoja Rogozovskaja, Otakar Fuka, Sándor Köö

Assistant Director

V. Brusnika, B. Levkovič, Peter Miskolczi, Jiří Potsch

Script Editor

Valerij F. Karen

Second Unit Photography

B. Jeljan, E. Gimpel

Camera Operator

L. Kapustina, József Halom

Set Designer

Jaroslav Česal, Karel Kočí, Vladimír Slepička

Make-Up Artist

Jiří Šimon, Edit Basilides, T. Krylova

Film Editor

Valerija Bělova

Sound Designer

Roland Kazarjan

Special Effects

V. Žanov, A. Rudačenko

Production Manager

German Krilov, Karel Vejřík, György Rózsási

Unit Production Manager

Miroslav Dousek, Dana Dudová

Unit Production Manager

Viktor Schwarcz, Přemysl Pražský

Consultant

M. Kudačkin, N. Alexejev, A. Blinkov

Dialogues of Czech version

K. M. Walló

Direction of Czech version

K. M. Walló

Music

Music Composed by

Roland Kazarjan

Selected Music

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Symfonie č. 25)

Production info

Original Title

Kentauři

English Title

Centaurs

Parallel Title

Kentaurok / Kentavri

Kategorie

Film

Typology

feature

Žánr

drama, historical

Země původu

Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

Copyright

1978

Production Year

1978

Premiere

04.05.1979

Creative Group

Karel Valtera, Mafilm Dialog

Technical info

Lenght

Long

Runtime

133

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 17. festival českých a slovenských filmů Hradec Králové

1979
Hradec Králové / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 12. všesvazový filmový festival Ašchabád

1979
Ašchabád / Turkmenia