Victorious People

Vojtěch Trapl, 1977

Film at Filmový přehled


After 1945, Vojtěch Trapl served in various management positions within the nationalised film industry and, after the advent of “normalisation” in 1969, he even began to direct feature films. As a late debutant, Trapl created Tobě hrana zvonit nebude (The Bell Will Not Toll for You, 1975), a propaganda film centred on 1968’s “counter-revolution”, and the drama Vítězný lid (The Victorious People, 1977), a re-enactment of the communist takeover of Czechoslovakia in 1948. There is also his drama Velké přání (The Big Wish, 1981), the schematic story of a teacher. Vítězný lid narrates the events of 13-25 February 1948 which were led by Klement Gottwald and resulted in the communists’ ascent to power. Gottwald is portrayed by Slovak actor Július Pántik, while Michal Dočolomanský plays the part of Gustav Husák – it was under his presidency that the film was made. Trapal’s motion picture is a good example of a contemporary propaganda piece, but its effect is diminished by the lack of professional skill afflicting its director.
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About a film

Production year 1977
Countries Czechoslovakia
Categories film
Genres historical
Form feature
Duration 117 min
Director Vojtěch Trapl
Cast Július Pántik, Jiří Pleskot, Josef Mixa, Jiřina Petrovická, Karel Dobr
Director of photography Andrej Barla
Screenplay Vojtěch Trapl
Editor Josef Dobřichovský
Production designer Karel Lier, Miroslav Hrachovec
Music Vladimír Soukup
Sound designer František Strangmüller