The Green Years

short-story, narrative

Typology

feature

Czech title

Zelená léta

Runtime

88

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1985

Production year

1985

Premiere

01.04.1986

Language version

Czech

Director

Milan Muchna

Summary

In 1985, Milan Muchna made an anthology film, whose four stories are based on the private lives of Czechoslovak Army soldiers. In the tale Bažant (The Recruit) the seasoned Corporal Kony (Marek Vašut) after bullying a new recruit Luboš finds himself on the receiving end. However, on their way to collect a repaired tank, the two manage to strike up friendship. Brambory (Potatoes) tells the story of school girls whose class goes to do “voluntary” work harvesting potatoes, despite being banned by their strict teacher (Jana Eichlerová) from doing so, they socialise with soldiers also deployed for the harvest. Buchty (Cakes) delves into issues of soldiers in love: Štěpánka decides she prefers Petr over Honza (Martin Dejdar) but later pays a hefty price for her choice. In this third tale, the singer Janek Ledecký played Petr, the only acting role of his career. The composite film closes with a tale called Řešení (Solution) in which an officer from Slovakia (Pavol Višňovský) struggles to bring order to his family life.

Synopsis

1. The recruit: The stager, a corporal nicknamed Kony, has a tense relation with a beginner, private Luboš, and bullies him - blaming him for his own failure during a tank wading, demanding cigarettes from him… But plundering a parcel of food, which Luboš received from home, does not pay off for the stagers because Luboš's experienced uncle "spiced" the sausages with a laxative. Kony appreciates that Luboš does not betray the commander who ordered him to "drive TV waves" at night. The two boys are sent to Slovakia to pick up a repaired army tank. On their way, they stop in Luboš's village in Moravia. The private's girlfriend is just getting married and Kony is of great support to the shocked Luboš. The two eventually befriend. 2. Potatoes: A summer job - a potato harvest - brings together the soldiers and girl students. The girls are headed by their young and strict woman professor who is determined to prevent relationships between the holiday workers at any cost. The chairman of the local cooperative divides the two groups working in the fields at her demand. But they all meet at an evening disco, organized as a reward for their diligence. The troop's commander, sergeant Cyprich, is also young, and thus not only the holiday workers but also their superiors become close to each other. 3. Cakes: The lance corporal named Honza is first visited by his pen-friend Štěpánka after two months of corresponding. The girl goes dancing with Honza to a hotel, but she resolutely rejects spending the night with him. The dancing is accompanied by a band composed of soldiers from Honza's platoon and the girl becomes attracted to its singer Petr who is apparently on bad terms with Honza. When Štěpánka arrives the next time, Honza is serving a minor punishment for breaking discipline and cannot come to the hotel. Petr lures the inexperienced girl to a room and seduces her. He then unscrupulously leaves her and goes to see his girlfriend. The weeping Štěpánka leaves the hotel. 4. Solution: Lieutenant Balco serves in the military in the the Bohemia Forest while his wife Zuzka and their five-year old daughter Katka live in Slovakia. In order to avert the threatening crisis of their relationship, the wife and the daughter move to be with him in Bohemia. Zuzka, however, is not satisfied again - Balco has many duties and no time for the family. After one of their quarrels, the little daughter naively sets off to Germany to request the removal of missiles. If the missiles disappear, mom and dad will stop arguing. The night search for the child is fortunately successful and the young couple reconciles.

Note

The individual stories are intercut by authentic shots from the military drill of the Warsaw Pact armies, held under the title "Shield 84".

Cast

Václav Kopta

vojín Luboš Pokuta

Jana Vychodilová

Lubošova matka

Marek Vašut

desátník Marek zvaný Kony

Dita Kaplanová

Jarmila, Lubošova dívka

Jiří Wohanka

nadporučík Vlna

Michaela Kudláčková

Boženka, sestra Jarmily

Vlastimil Peška

ženich Gregor

Pavel Cajzl

čundrák

Tomáš Engel

čundrák

Václav Král

děda s klobásou

Jana Eichlerová

profesorka Jindřiška Korelusová

Bronislav Černý

četař absolvent Jiří Cyprich

Miroslav Noga

vojín Masarovič

Milan Bahul

vojín Fero

Bronislav Poloczek

předseda JZD

Eliška Sirová

studentka Lenka Koníčková

Jiří Sedláček

vojín Michal

Bohumír Starý

svobodník Šimůnek

Luboš Ocásek

podsaditý voják

Zuzana Hradecká

studentka Hejlová

Michaela Dieterlenová

studentka Mázlová, s kytarou

Markéta Valentová

studentka Zaoralová

Stanislava Krejčíková

studentka Calábková

David Suchařípa

vojín Hulín

Milada Ježková

družstevnice Haluzková

Miloslav Šindler

družstevník

Štěpánka Lisá

Štěpánka

Martin Dejdar

svobodník Honza

Janek Ledecký

vojín Petr, zpěvák

Karel Chromík

podplukovník Chylík,zást.pro věci

Milan Klacek

recepční Novotný

Michal Plachý

voják

Martina Gasparovičová

Jana, Petrova přítelkyně

Petr Ackermann

hudebník

Jan Černý (2)

hudebník

Václav Kabát

hudebník

Jan Opl

hudebník

Petr Vacek

voják

Igor Smržík

poručík

Pavol Višňovský

poručík Vlado Balco

Tatiana Kulíšková

Zuzka, Balcova žena

Monika Haasová

Katka, dcerka Balcových

Petr Popelka

major, velitel pluku

Peter Maťo

voják

Ivan Wiesner

Rymbala

Michal Slivka

otec Zuzky

Maja Velšicová

matka Zuzky

Emil Pischel

umělec

Radka Fidlerová

recitátorka-umělkyně

Josef Holec

člen Horské služby

Ladislav Kryško

člen Horské služby

Vladimír Machoň

nejstarší kluk

Martin Roubal

ježatý kluk

Petr Stiegler

ušatý kluk

Josef Pech

učitel u klavíru

Karel Engel

důstojník-dozorčí útvaru

Ladislav Lahoda

rotmistr

Pavel Lhotský

vojín

Martin Mejzlík

voják

Adolf Kohuth

kapitán Vaněk

Crew and creators

Director

Milan Muchna

Second Unit Director

Jan Prokop

Assistant Director

Tomáš Urban, Irena Mimrová

Shooting Script

Milan Muchna

Script Editor

Alexander Lukeš

Second Unit Photography

Rudolf Jokl

Camera Operator

Jan Carda, Vladimír Murat

Production Designer

Miloš Červinka

Set Designer

Miroslav Buberle, Libor Čížek, Ladislav Winkelhöfer, Žák Jiří (2)

Costume Designer

Vojtěch Kolařík

Film Editor

Dalibor Lipský

Sound Designer

Alexandr Vrbata

Production Manager

Jaroslav Solnička

Unit Production Manager

Milan Štěch, Ludmila Venclíková, Vladimíra Kopecká

Consultant

genpor. Ing. Florián Rigál

Cooperation

Lenka Mojžíšová, Ruth Kubalíková, Erika Vojáčková, Martin Malý, Stanislav Brožík, Zdeněk Dukát

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Šust

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO)

Songs

Před našima oknama stojí hruška zelená, Stroboskop, Pětadvacet kamarádů, Videodisco, Holka v domě, Múzy, Telefon, Dej si říct, Slovník čistých slov, Kde jsi, Léta dozrávání, U našich kasáren, Zvonky, Horo, horo, vysoká jsi

Songwriter

lidová píseň (Před našima oknama stojí hruška zelená), Jiří Vodrážka (Stroboskop), Harry Macourek (Pětadvacet kamarádů), Petr a Pavel Orm (Videodisco), Karel Svoboda (Holka v domě), Petr Ackermann (Múzy), David Koller (Múzy), Janek Ledecký (Múzy), Jan Černý (2) (Múzy), Žentour (Telefon), Žentour (Dej si říct), Július Kinček (Slovník čistých slov), Eduard Parma (Kde jsi), Jiří Šlitr (Léta dozrávání), Karel Vacek (U našich kasáren), Aleksander Gurilyov (Zvonky), lidová píseň (Horo, horo, vysoká jsi)

Writer of Lyrics

Hana Čiháková (Pětadvacet kamarádů), Petr a Pavel Orm (Videodisco), Eduard Krečmar (Holka v domě), Žentour (Múzy), Žentour (Telefon), Žentour (Dej si říct), Peter Nagy (Slovník čistých slov), Michal Bukovič (Kde jsi), Jiří Suchý (Léta dozrávání), Karel Vacek (U našich kasáren), Jiří Aplt (Zvonky)

Singer

sbor (Před našima oknama stojí hruška zelená), mužský sbor (Pětadvacet kamarádů), sbor (Videodisco), Karel Gott (Holka v domě), Janek Ledecký (Múzy), Janek Ledecký (Telefon), Janek Ledecký (Dej si říct), Peter Nagy (Slovník čistých slov), Jiří Korn (Kde jsi), dívčí sbor (Léta dozrávání), mužský sbor (U našich kasáren), Jiří Korn (Zvonky), dětský sbor (Horo, horo, vysoká jsi)

Production info

Original Title

Zelená léta

English Title

The Green Years

Working Title

A teď se s vojáky netančí

Copyright

1985

Production Year

1985

Premiere

01.04.1986

Creative Group

Josef Císař

Technical info

Format

35mm , Betacam

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Event: Výroční Cena Víta Nejedlého za rok 1986

1986
Praha / Czechoslovakia