That Instant, That While

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1981

Production year

1980—1981

Premiere

15 May 1981

Runtime

100 min

Category

film

Genre

drama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Ta chvíle, ten okamžik

Czech title

Ta chvíle, ten okamžik

English title

That Instant, That While

Working title

Okamžiky

Summary

Based on a novel of the same name by Otakar Chaloupek, this 1981 drama, directed by Jiří Sequens, is set in late autumn 1944. The protagonist of the story is surgeon Kodet, who is assisting a resistance group but ends up being accused of collaborating with the Nazis. The reason is that he gave the Gestapo an anti-German leaflet, declaring it to be a manifest provocation. While the doctor secretly – and with full enthusiasm – assists the partisans, his suspicious acquaintances are nonetheless planning to hand Kodet over to the enemy. Director Jiří Sequens succeeds in filling Ta chvíle, ten okamžik (That Instant, That While) with an atmosphere of pervasive distrust. František Němec assists matters with a convincing performance as the selfless doctor. The role of Kodet’s estranged wife Olga – the doctor’s last line of support in times of crisis – is played by Daniela Kolářová.

Synopsis

It is winter 1944. A senior consultant, Kodet, performs an operation and contemplates the moments which have brought him to his present tragic situation. – In the hospital, he warns a patient called Novák that he is asking for trouble and in danger of losing his hand by intentionally infecting his wound. He catches nurse Vlasta red-handed with a young doctor, Valsa, and threatens to fire her. He decides to hand in an anti-German leaflet found in his letter box because the paper seems to be of too high quality for an illegal print. It is indeed a provocation and five members of the local intelligentsia except him are arrested. Kodet's visit to the Gestapo does not pass unnoticed and the doctor is believed to be a quisling. His only support is Helena with whom he shares a happy but childless marriage. Cousin Běta prevents her son Karlík from visiting the couple. Kodet is secretly contacted by his former schoolmate Brázda with whom he once parted due to his radical communist views. Brázda asks for help for the partisans. He himself is severely wounded after several days and Kodet and an ambulance driver, František, transport him with many difficulties from the forest to Kodet's villa. Kodet's operation saves his life. Karlík, who has run away from his mother to the villa, unfortunately discloses the wounded man's presence to Vlasta who reports Kodet to a Gestapo commander, frightened of being called up to do forced labour in Nazi Germany. Brázda shoots himself dead during the roundup. In front of the villa, Karlík is accidentally ran over by a Gestapo car and his surgery is the last one Kodet is allowed to carry out. Novák observes his apprehension with contentment – after all, a collaborator is being arrested.

Note

The Film Studio Barrandov dedicated the film to the 60th anniversary of the foundation of the Czechoslovak Communist Party.

Cast

František Němec

MUDr. Jan Kodet

Daniela Kolářová

Helena, Kodetova žena

Luděk Munzar

šéf gestapa Baumann

Ladislav Frej

komunista Brázda

Rudolf Jelínek

řidič sanitky František

Vilém Besser

MUDr. Heřman

Petr Svojtka

Dubbing Jan Hartl
MUDr. Valsa

Libuše Geprtová

Běla, Kodetova sestřenice

Jiří Strnad

Karlík, Bělin syn

Miluše Šplechtová

zdravotní sestra Vlasta

Josef Vinklář

pacient Josef Novák

Dalimil Klapka

usmívající se gestapák

Karel Urbánek

gestapák v civilu

Alena Karešová

vrchní sestra

Eva Klepáčová

anestezioložka

Jaroslav Drbohlav

partyzán Honza

Tomáš Juřička

partyzán Valeš

Robert Vrchota

kavárník Musil

Jaroslav Mareš

vrátný nemocnice

Bohuslav Čáp

lékárník

Bohdan Kysil

nemocný mladík

Beatrice Pšeničková

zpěvačka

Soňa Dvořáková

dáma v klobouku

Oldřich Semerák

velitel SS

Michael Tarant

motohlídka SS

Antonín Hausknecht

řidič prvního auta

Karel Engel

řidič druhého auta

Roman Hrudka

muž o berlích

Karel Fridrich

číšník

Zdenka Borovičková

host ve vinárně

Jitka Havlíčková

host ve vinárně

Roman Janoušek

host ve vinárně

Karolína Kubalová

host ve vinárně

Lilka Leszkowová

host ve vinárně

Jana Robenková

host ve vinárně

Daniel Rous

host ve vinárně

Nina Strnadová-Jarková

host ve vinárně

Jiří Sequens ml.

host ve vinárně

Oto Ševčík

německý důstojník ve vinárně

Anatolij Šakin

muž v kabátě

Arnošt Böhm

příslušník Sonderkomanda

Jiří Kraus

příslušník Sonderkomanda

Miroslav Lahoda

příslušník Sonderkomanda

Josef Hrubý

stráž gestapa

Zbyněk Krákora

stráž gestapa

Jiří Kasík

stráž SS

Pavel Myslík

stráž SS

Jaroslav Vlk

stráž SS

Jiří Kalenský

řidič u Baumanna

Zdeněk Ladislav Hertl

hudebník

Jan Pačes

hudebník

Ladislav Pačes

hudebník

Jiří Schenzer

hudebník

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Helena Rohanová

Assistant Director

Viktor Walter

Script Supervisor

Alena Mikeťuková

Based on

Otakar Chaloupka (Ta chvíle, ten okamžik – novela)

Shooting Script

Jiří Sequens

Director of Photography

Jiří Šámal

Second Unit Photography

Jan Kváča

Camera Operator

Antonín Mařík

Production Designer

Bohumil Pokorný

Assistent Production Designer

Olga Rosenfelderová

Set Designer

Karel Kočí, Jan Hodný

Costume Designer

Svatava Sophová

Film Editor

Petr Sitár

Assistant Film Editor

Růžena Hejsková

Sound Designer

Jiří Kejř

Production Manager

Josef Císař

Unit Production Manager

Jaroslava Pražská, Bohdan Kysil

Unit Production Manager

Bohumil Vlach

Cooperation

Zina Kršková (klapka)

Music

Music Composed by

Karel Mareš

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by Mario Klemens)

Songs

My tančíme swing

Songwriter Karel Mareš
Writer of Lyrics Vladimír Sís
Singer Beatrice Pšeničková

Lili Marleen

Songwriter Norbert Schultze

Production info

Original Title

Ta chvíle, ten okamžik

Czech Title

Ta chvíle, ten okamžik

English Title

That Instant, That While

Working Title

Okamžiky

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1981

Production Year

1980—1981

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 20 October 1980
start of filming 27 October 1980
technical Screenplay approved 6 November 1980
end of filming 24 April 1981
projection approval 24 April 1981

Premiere

premiere 15 May 1981 /suitable for youths/

Creative Group

Dramaturgická skupina Karla Valtery, Karel Valtera (vedoucí dramaturgické skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

100 min

Original length in metres

2 841 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

colour

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech, German

Subtitles languages

Czech

Opening/End credits languages

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 20. festival českých a slovenských filmů Ústí nad Labem

1982
Ústí nad Labem / Czechoslovakia
František Němec

Vítěz

Festival: 20. festival českých a slovenských filmů Ústí nad Labem

1982
Ústí nad Labem / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 8. celostátní festival zdravotnických filmů Podbořany

1981
Podbořany / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 12. mezinárodní filmový festival Moskva

1981
Moskva / Russia