And in That Castle

short-story

Typology

feature

Czech title

A v tom zámku...

Runtime

0 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1970

Production year

1969

Director

Milan Jonáš

Summary

Unfinished film.

Synopsis

A random inspection of prisoners´ possessions is being carried out in a prison camp. Sixty-year-old Buran, sentenced for helping his son escape across the border, was keeping an undisclosed photograph of his family which was able to hide and protect for six years; but now it has been discovered and the guard tears the picture to pieces. Buran blames his co-prisoner Honzis, criminal and pimp, for informing on him. The third man in the cell, Frajher, is indifferent to everything, and thus also to the silent and tenacious fight between the two men. In the public room, divided by a wire net, prisoners are seated at one side and their visitors at the other. One of the visitors is Honzis´ girlfriend and, as follows from their conversation, she is a prostitute. Buran is shocked: instead of the daughter he had expected, he is visited by his little granddaughter and her uncle – Buran´s only son who, after the amnesty for refugees, returned to Czechoslovakia. The old man has perceived that his sentence is the price of a better future of his son. It is only the presence of the animated and talkative granddaughter that keeps him from despair. His son does not seem to grasp this at all. Buran, as a political prisoner, has no hope of his sentence being remitted, although the reason for the sentence had long passed. Frajher, too, eventually gets a visit – a proud and elegant lady. speaking by turns in Czech and German, who reminds him of their family estate and the wealth she had had to leave behind in Czechoslovakia. It is his sister, promising Frajher a bright future in Germany where she resides, when he is released after the expected amnesty. This, for a moment, breaks through Frajher´s lethargy. A sketchy retrospective shows us Frajher in the uniform of a Nazi officer shooting at bound civilians. Visiting time at the prison is over...

Note

The short story was almost completed when it was banned - it was probably in post-production synchronisation. According to those who remember, its stage design was theatre-like but the acting is said to have been extraordinary. The director of the story, Milan Jonáš, a beginner in film direction at that time, has not received any further opportunities to direct independently since then.

Cast

Gustav Opočenský

vězeň sedlák Buran

Lubor Tokoš

bývalý německý důstojník SS Peter-Hannes Frajher von Grünwald

Jiří Krampol

vězeň pasák a zloděj Honzis

Alexandra Haškovcová

Honzisova dívka

Viera Strnisková

dáma Luise, Frajherova sestra

Zdeněk Hodr

soudce

Táňa Václavová

Buranova vnučka Evička

Jan Přeučil

Buranův syn Jeník

Ota Žebrák

velitel tábora

Blažena Kramešová

žena s dítětem Jarouškem, manželka jednoho z vězňů

Pavla Maršálková

matka vězně Káji

Pavel Jiras

tajný zatýkající Burana

V. Slavík

tajný zatýkající Burana

Karel Peyr

cizinec

V. Dobeš

cizinec

A. Dokládalová

cizinka

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Karel Kovář

Assistant Director

Milan Klacek, Helena Pokorná, Zdena Štekrová, Ivana Tokošová

Based on

Vladimír Vondra (A v tom zámku – povídka)

Shooting Script

Milan Jonáš

Second Unit Photography

Rudolf Holan

Production Designer

Přemek Longa

Set Designer

Karel Kočí, Bohuslav Varhaník, Antonín Chloupek

Costume Designer

Jarmila Konečná

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Sound Designer

Jiří Kejř

Production Manager

Jaroslav Solnička

Unit Production Manager

Milan Štěch, František Jaderník

Unit Production Manager

Václav Polák

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Šust

Music Performed by

FISYO

Songs

Znám já jeden krásný zámek

Writer of Lyrics

lidová píseň (Znám já jeden krásný zámek)

Singer

dětský hlas (Znám já jeden krásný zámek), dětský sbor (Znám já jeden krásný zámek)

Locations

Praha

Production info

Original Title

A v tom zámku...

English Title

And in That Castle

Category

povídka

Typology

feature

Genre

short-story

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1970

Production Year

1969

Studio

Barrandov

Creative Group

Šebor – Bor, Vladimír Bor, Jiří Šebor

Technical info