A Radical Cut

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1983

Production year

1983

Premiere

1 September 1984

Runtime

83 min

Director

Dušan Klein

Category

film

Genre

crime

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Radikální řez

Czech title

Radikální řez

English title

A Radical Cut

Summary

Few Czech films released prior to the 1989 revolution concerned themselves with the topic of the Roma. One of the few that did was crime thriller Radikální řez (A Radical Cut, 1983), inspired by Josef Klíma’s 1983 novel. The screenwriter and director Dušan Klein chose a Roma community primarily to provide a colourful background for a story about passions stirred by a beautiful Roman girl Naha (Monika Žigová) in her two half-brothers of contrasting characters. The half-siblings, Tom and Pavel, are incidentally the sons of district planner Ruml (Ilja Racek) who intends to demolish the Roma’s homes and use the land for a modern housing estate. When Tom is murdered, the inhabitants of the dwellings become prime suspects. However, the investigators, one of whom is of Roma descent, find the culprit outside the community… Marián Labuda stars as Roma baron Tancoš in a feature that presents a contemporarily conditioned perspective on the Roma.

Synopsis

Tom, the son of an architect called Ruml, is found with his throat cut in a Gypsy neighbourhood. A new housing estate, designed by Ruml, is to be built in place of the gypsy houses. The Gypsies do not want to leave their homes. The investigation is headed by captain Smolina, lieutenant Takáč of Gypsy origin and the young criminalist Weiner. The architect sees the case as clear: it was Gypsy revenge. It seems that his opinion is substantiated, especially when Ruml's other son, Pavel, disappears. The investigation takes several directions. Weiner finds a semi-nude of a beautiful Gypsy girl in the room of Tom who studied painting. He soon meets the girl, named Naha, and learns about her sad story during their second encounter. After posing for Tom, the young man took her to a wine cellar and he and his two friends then violated her in his father's villa. The architect Ruml keeps convincing his friend, a police superintendent, that the murder was committed by the Gypsies. But the case gets complicated by Naha's violent death. The Gypsy baron Tancoš accuses Tom's stepbrother Pavel of her murder. Takáč subsequently learns from Naha's friend that Pavel indeed often visited Naha, and the investigation thus speeds up. In the course of events, Ruml finds out about the truth and takes Pavel to a mental hospital in an attempt to protect him. But Pavel is sane and responsible for his actions. He was in love with Naha and Tom's death was the punishment for raping her. He did not want to kill Naha; he hit her in passion because she did not want to stay with him. The Gypsies were freed from suspicion and Weiner and Takáč take part in the traditional ritual at the funeral of the murdered girl.

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Cast

Ľubomír Paulovič

Dubbing Michal Pavlata
kriminalista Jindřich Weiner

Bronislav Poloczek

kriminalista kapitán Rudolf Smolin

József Ropog

Dubbing Jan Pohan
kriminalista poručík Takáč

Monika Žigová

Dubbing Yvetta Blanarovičová
Naha

Ilja Racek

architekt Robert Ruml

Věra Vlčková

Kristýna, Rumlova žena

Valentina Thielová

Jana, Rumlova první žena

Otto Lackovič

muzikant Koloman Horvath

Marián Labuda

cikánský baron Tancoš

Jan Kanyza

hudebník Jiří Pockert, milenec Kristýny

Václav Stýblo

náčelník kriminálky, podplukovník

Dana Balounová

drbna Dobiášová

Miroslav Hanuš

Tom, architektův syn s Janou

Andrej Brož

Pavel, architektův syn s Kristýnou

Miloslav Homola

policejní lékař

Július Farkaš

Dubbing Andrej Hryc
Farkaš

Marta Bandyová

Farkašova žena

Helena Demeterová

Ramasova žena

Zdeňka Sajfertová

žena v plavkách

Antonín Bandy st.

otec Nahy

Antonín Bandy ml.

mladý cikán s kytarou

Adéla Bandyová

Jůlinka

Josef Červeňák

Aladar

Miroslava Kyselová

nevěsta Mura

Emil Ščuka

ženich Štefan

Josef Sivák

Repacký

Rudolf A. Rosenfelder

řidič vnitra

František Šarišský

Dubbing Gustav Bubník
Fero, bratr Nahy

Michal Demeter

Karči

Daniel Čičák

Adámek

Milan Stehlík

dozorčí VB

Jan Bartoš (3)

Dežo, syn Ramasových

Petr Herrmann

tajemník ONV

Zdena Burdová

sekretářka tajemníka ONV

Martin Hron

poručík VB

Ivo Niederle

kriminalista

Leoš Kaltofen

recepční

Andrej Ličartovský

Aladar

Michal Korman

Berka

H. Kormanová

Repacká

Miroslav Mucha

malý Baláž

Hana Militká

dubl za M.Žigovou

Mirko Popovič

řidič volhy

Milan Riehs

ředitel školy

Eduard Pavlíček

Dubbing Mirko Musil
učitel Řeřicha

Zdeněk Jungmann

stavbyvedoucí

Petr Čada

kapelník

Josef Petržilka

hudebník

Zdenek Vácha

hudebník

Jiří Škoda

Dr.Vaněk

Helena Taragošová

Berková

Karel Stárek

vousáč

H. Valentová

úřednice

Karel Šebesta

Dubbing Mirko Musil
psychiatr

Crew and creators

Director

Dušan Klein

Second Unit Director

Michal Vostřez, Martin Faltýn

Assistant Director

Vít Horálek

Script Supervisor

Irena Klausová

Based on

Josef Klíma (Radikální řez – kniha)

Screenplay

Dušan Klein

Shooting Script

Dušan Klein

Director of Photography

Josef Vaniš

Second Unit Photography

Václav Helliman

Camera Operator

Bohumil Vodička

Production Designer

Jindřich Goetz

Assistent Production Designer

František Dvořák

Set Designer

Rudolf Beneš, Bedřich Čermák, Jaroslav Lehman

Costume Designer

Dimitrij Kadrnožka

Film Editor

Jiří Brožek

Assistant Film Editor

Eva Horázná

Sound Designer

Dobroslav Šrámek

Production Manager

Jiří Zika

Unit Production Manager

Bohdan Kysil, Václav Veruněk

Unit Production Manager

Karel Stárek

Consultant

mjr. Stanislav Šimek, Dr. Jiří Vyšín, MUDr. Přemysl Strejc

Cooperation

Lenka Rambousková (klapka), Vladimír Souček (fotograf)

Music

Music Composed by

Zdeněk Marat

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by Štěpán Koníček), Soubor Romen

Danced by

Soubor Romen

Songs

Romské písně

Songwriter Zdeněk Marat
Writer of Lyrics Emil ŠčukaMarta Bandyová
Singer Soubor Romen

Production info

Original Title

Radikální řez

Czech Title

Radikální řez

English Title

A Radical Cut

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

crime

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1983

Production Year

1983

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 19 November 1982
start of filming 3 June 1983
technical Screenplay approved 6 June 1983
end of filming 21 November 1983
projection approval 25 November 1983

Premiere

premiere 1 September 1984 /unsuitable for youths/

Creative Group

5. dramaturgicko-výrobní skupina, Miloslav Vydra (vedoucí 5. dramaturgicko-výrobní skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

83 min

Original length in metres

2 359 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

colour

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech, Romany

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Exhibition: 4. soutěžní přehlídka filmů a televizních pořadů s bezpečnostní tematikou Terezín

1985
Terezín / Czechoslovakia