The Face behind the Glass

drama

Typology

feature

Czech title

Tvář za sklem

Runtime

85

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1979

Production year

1979

Premiere

23.11.1979

Language version

Czech

Director

Hynek Bočan

Summary

Director Hynek Bočan and Moravian writer Jan Kostrhun first teamed up in 1979 while making an adaptation of the novella Černé ovce (Black Sheep). They went on to create feature films such as Pytláci (Poachers, 1981) and Vinobraní (The Grape Harvest, 1982). Their motion picture Tvář za sklem (The Face behind the Glass) saw the return of Bočan to filmmaking –after his political opinions caused him to fall into disfavour at Prague’s Barrandov film studios, he suffered a ban. Using the format of a family drama, he was permitted to touch on a taboo theme of the 1950s, which the film industry commissioners – viewing things through the lens of the period of “normalisation” – addressed with ideologically distorted points of view. The dignified hero of Tvář za sklem is a father, Tůma (Miroslav Macháček), who opposed “collectivisation” and ended up in jail after murdering a communist agitator. Tůma´s son (Jaromír Hanzlík) – now the chairman of an agricultural collective – tries to build a relationship with his alienated father. And he will succeed, largely because this explosively dramatic story was obliged to have an optimistic outcome.

Synopsis

Petr Tůma is a young manager of a cooperative farm in a Moravian village. He is married and has two children. For many years he has not made a contact with his father, who in the 1950s opposed the enforced collectivization of farms in Moravian villages. At that time, the promoter of collectivization was shot and Tůma was accused and later also sentenced to many years in prison. His son Petr was brought up by his ill mother and her friend Kadlec. After serving his sentence, Tůma, the father, accepts a job of a coachman in his native village. Petr wants to make peace with his father and move his whole family to live with him. Petr's wife, Anděla, however, refuses the plan. She does not want to leave, although it would only mean to move to the next village. Petr's first visit of his father does not go too well. Tůma, the father, comes to meet his son's family at the station, but does not recognize Petr. Tůma gets hurt during forest work and thanks to Petr, he receives proper medical treatment. Petr stays with his father for the night, but does not tell him that his wife and children do not want to move. The next day, Tůma, the father, takes his coach and goes to pick up his daughter in law and grandchildren. Anděla refuses him, but the father in law stays and waits in front of the house overnight. In the end, the young woman decides to follow her husband and the young teacher, who was pursuing Anděla, stays on his own.

Cast

Jaromír Hanzlík

předseda JZD ing. Petr Tůma

Miroslav Macháček

kočí Tůma, Petrův otec

Josef Bláha

předseda JZD Václav Kadlec

Jaroslava Obermaierová

knihovnice Anděla, Petrova manželka

Jana Hlaváčová

Tůmová, Petrova matka

Jana Prachařová

Kadlecova žena

Jana Švandová

Karlička

Ilja Prachař

Kučera

Karel Augusta

krmič Riška

Jan Kanyza

Hlinka, milenec Karličky

Karel Smyczek

učitel

Petr Malát

Petr Tůma jako dítě

Oldřich Velen

agitátor z města

Eliška Sirová

Lenka, dcera Petra a Anděly

Martin Maucha

Jeník, syn Petra a Anděly

Karel Velebil

Karlík, syn Karličky

Kateřina Vlková

mladá účetní

Mojmír Heger

příslušník SNB

Josef Husník

příslušník SNB

Zdeněk Maryška

příslušník SNB

Ludmila Píchová

uklízečka

Vladimír Tišer

účetní

Rudolf Hammer

dozorce

Jindřich Hrdý

mladík z hloučku

Rudolf A. Rosenfelder

řidič tahače

Karel Staněk

zootechnik

Vladimír Staněk (2)

voják

Ludmila Šafářová

dívka z hloučku

Petr Hudeček

hudebník

Josef Koliba

hudebník

Jaroslav Kovařík

hudebník

Antonín Patočka

hudebník

Josef Patočka (2)

hudebník

Pavel Skopal

hudebník

Dubbing

Karolina Slunéčková

hlas Kadlecové

Crew and creators

Director

Hynek Bočan

Second Unit Director

Květa Lehovcová

Based on

Jan Kostrhun (Černé ovce – román)

Screenplay

Václav Šašek

Shooting Script

Hynek Bočan

Script Editor

Václav Nývlt

Second Unit Photography

Vladimír Smutný

Camera Operator

Jiří Pechar

Production Designer

Jan Oliva

Set Designer

P. Hořejší, Žák Jiří (2), Ladislav Winkelhöfer

Costume Designer

Svatava Sophová

Film Editor

Zdeněk Stehlík

Sound Designer

Alexandr Vrbata

Production Manager

Jiří Zika

Unit Production Manager

Karel Prchal, Vladimír Tišer

Unit Production Manager

Václav Veruněk

Music

Music Composed by

Ladislav Štaidl

Music Performed by

Orchestr Ladislava Štaidla, Cimbálová muzika Zavádka Čejkovice

Music Conducted by

Milivoj Uzelac (Orchestr Ladislava Štaidla)

Production info

Original Title

Tvář za sklem

English Title

The Face behind the Glass

Working Title

Jedno okno ještě svítí

Copyright

1979

Production Year

1979

Premiere

23.11.1979

Creative Group

Vladimír Kalina

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 17. filmový festival mladých Trutnov

1979
Trutnov / Czechoslovakia
Václav Šašek