Windy Sea

Eldar Kulijev, 1973

Film at Filmový přehled


During the 1970s and 80s, high-budget historical epics were among the films produced within the framework of “brotherly” cooperation between the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia. One example is this adaptation of the Jiří Marek short story Život pod praporem (Life Under the Banner), filmed in 1973 by Azerbaijani director Eldar Kulijev. The story is set after the 1918 Bolshevik revolution in Baku, where Jan Vacek, a Russian revolutionary of Czech background, organises the retreat of communist forces following the fall of the short-lived Baku Commune. The inspiration for the lead character, portrayed by Alois Švehlík, was real life revolutionary Ivan Prokof'jevič Vacek (1870–1951). Josef Illík served as cinematographer for this adventure film, and was given considerable scope to shoot countless expensive scenes featuring battles and large crowds. Alongside its Soviet stars, the film features several Czechs portraying nefarious foreigners and their Czech colleagues (Josef Langmiler and Radovan Lukavský play English capitalists seeking to exploit Caspian oil).
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About a film

Production year 1973
Countries Czechoslovakia, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
Categories film
Genres drama
Form feature
Duration 92 min
Director Eldar Kulijev
Cast Alois Švehlík, Hasan Mammedov, Josef Langmiler, Jana Gýrová, Gleb Striženov
Director of photography Josef Illík
Screenplay Jusif Samed ogly, Ludvík Toman
Editor Tajira Babajeva, Galina Šatrova
Production designer Bohumil Pokorný, Kamel Nadžaf-zade
Music Polad Bjulbjul-ogly
Sound designer Alekper Gasan-Zade