I Am the Wall of Death

narrative

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Já jsem Stěna smrti

Runtime

88 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1978

Production year

1978

Premiere

08.06.1979

Language version

Czech

Director

Jaroslav Balík

Summary

In actor Joseph Kemr’s 1970s filmography, an honourable place goes to the protagonist of this 1978 drama made by proven director Jaroslav Balík. The experienced Kemr played Piskáček, an ageing fairground stuntman who performs his travelling shows under the stage title “Alfieri and the Wall of Death”. Linking up with young biker Milan, Piskáček is able to fulfil his long dreamed of “Globe of Death” in which he is tremendously eager to show off his skills. However, his daughter Esmeralda and new partner Milan have a surprise in store for him... Other roles in this story of social outsiders went to Lubomír Paulovič (Milan) and Eva Sitteová, who also took parts in the Balík films Stín létajícího ptáčka (Shadow of a Flying Bird, 1977) and Zrcadlení (Reflections, 1977). Piskáček’s old friend Fery was rendered by Josef Somr.

Synopsis

A van and a motorbike crash on a crossroad. Fortunately nobody was injured and there is not any damage. The parties of the accident - and oldish stuntman and a rider on the wall of death Piskáček and a young motorbike driver Milan - only tell off each other. The motor biker for whom life means speed is not happy with his work in the factory. Out of curiosity he comes to see Piskáček's performance. There he meets his daughter Esmeralda-Alda and in the end he joins them as an assistant in this wandering business. Alda is not happy they have a new employee. She expected that her father due to his age will soon end up with this nomadiclife and that they both settle. Milan is on the contrary very happy, he feels free and he is also attracted by the pretty Alda. Alda's father often thinks of the rich and exiting past, of his gee Fery and also of the love of his life Žanda. One day Fery turns up in his caravan and he tempts him to a big circus where he works now. The stuntman refuses as his old dream came true: Milan made money in a co-operative farm and he let built for him a round building - " the Globe of Death". The first performance of the new show is very successful and Piskáček is happy. His daughter and Milan tell him though they leave for a honeymoon. The old stuntman stays with his "Globe" alone and he leaves in his old van for another stand.

Cast

Josef Kemr

Jarda Piskáček alias Alfieri

Eva Sitteová

Esmeralda zvaná Alda

Ľubomír Paulovič

Milan Peter

Pavel Zedníček

majitel střelnice Ludvík

Slavo Záhradník

Slavo Forman

Josef Somr

Ferda Jeřábek

Anton Korenči

mistr v továrně

Jindřich Světnica

předseda JZD, Jeřábkův syn

Jitka Zelenohorská

stavbyvedoucí

Zdeněk Černý

Josífek

Miloš Šuster

příslušník VB

Ján Barto

muž u baru

Jiřina Zemanová

žena s taškou

Jaroslav Čada

motodubl

Miroslav Jíra

motodubl za Ľubomíra Pauloviče

Alois Kříž

motodubl

Henrietta Kohoutová

motodubl za Evu Sitteovou

Petr Sojka

motodubl

Jan Stejskal

motodubl

Hana Forejtová

dubl za Evu Sitteovou

Bedřich Chaloupka

dubl za Josefa Kemra

Václav Rychter

dubl za Josefa Kemra

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Milena Kropáčková

Assistant Director

Vítězslav Kulle, Jarmila Kovtanová

Screenstory

Štefan Sokol

Shooting Script

Jaroslav Balík

Script Editor

Jan Otčenášek

Second Unit Photography

Eduard Kadeřábek

Camera Operator

Jan Hanzal

Production Designer

Jiří Hlupý

Set Designer

Karel Kracík, Miloš Sršeň

Costume Designer

Milan Čorba

Film Editor

Eva Bobková

Sound Designer

Jiří Kříž

Production Manager

Blažej Vráb

Unit Production Manager

Rudolf Mos, Janda Jan (výroba)

Unit Production Manager

Hana Štefanová

Consultant

Augustin Nauš, Bedřich Chaloupka (jezdec Stěny)

Cooperation

Štěpánka Stříbrná, Karel Šebík, Pavel Pitner

Music

Music Composed by

Karel Mareš

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Jan Hrábek (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Já jsem Stěna smrti

English Title

I Am the Wall of Death

Working Title

Kosmický motocykl

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

narrative

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1978

Production Year

1978

Premiere

08.06.1979

Creative Group

Vladimír Kalina

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

88 min

Versions

Czech