Figures Made of Sludge

short-story, narrative

Typology

feature

Czech title

Figurky ze šmantů

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1987

Production year

1987

Premiere

01.01.1988

Language version

Czech

Director

Martin Faltýn, Jan Kubišta, Radovan Urban

Summary

In 1987, directors Martin Faltýn, Jan Kubišta and Radovan Urban took the opportunity to début together with this film offering three loosely connected storylines. The book of the same name by František Stavinoha determined the film’s location, namely Kladno and its mines. In Faltýn’s story, entitled Úraz (Injury, 1987), the young hero Ondřej (played by Ondřej Vetchý), who has failed to make it into the faculty of journalism, gets to know the joys and woes of work in the pit. In Příběhu ohnivé Toničky (Story about the Fiery Tonička, 1987), director Jan Kubišta tells the story of a coal tipper worker (played by Zuzana Bydžovská) who becomes pregnant by the amoral miner Placák. Finally director Radovan Urban recounts the fate of the chief engineer Tomanec (Eduard Cupák), who weighs up his life on the occasion of his fiftieth birthday. Narrative coherence is underscored by the fact that the leading characters reappear in each other’s stories.

Synopsis

Three short stories.

Crew and creators

Costume Designer

Marta Kaplerová

Production Manager

Eliška Nejedlá

Unit Production Manager

Ivan Helcl, Jana Koubová, Antonín Pražský

Unit Production Manager

Luboš Čížek, Gabriela Kerekešová

Production info

Original Title

Figurky ze šmantů

English Title

Figures Made of Sludge

Copyright

1987

Production Year

1987

Premiere

01.01.1988

Production

Filmové studio Barrandov, Československá televize Praha, Hlavní redakce dramatických pořadů

Creative Group

Oldřich Janota, Jan Vild

Technical info

Format

Betacam

Versions

Czech