Star Called Wormwood

Martin Frič, 1964

Film at Filmový přehled


An actual event – the bloodily suppressed rebellion at Rumburk military barracks in 1918 – provided the basis for this stylish historical drama made by veteran of the director’s chair Martin Frič. The film, released in 1964, follows the fates of several characters who become entangled in the ill-fated insubordination. Soldiers returning from captivity in Russia hope the barracks is merely a stopover on their way home. Once in Rumburk, they taste the free life of “civvy street” again and believe the war is over for them. But senseless military drills and the news that they are to return to the frontline ignite a revolt inspired by the Bolshevik revolution in Russia… Despite some ideological bias in the film, Frič created an impressive piece of art with an indisputably high-quality cast dominated by Jiřina Bohdalová's performance as bar singer Tonka. It is one of her rare but masterfully delivered serious roles.
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About a film

Production year 1964
Countries Czechoslovakia
Categories film
Genres drama, historical, war
Form feature
Duration 84 min
Director Martin Frič
Cast Jiřina Bohdalová, Vlasta Matulová, Rudolf Deyl ml., Jiří Sovák, Radoslav Brzobohatý, Jan Tříska
Director of photography Jaroslav Tuzar
Screenplay Jiří Procházka, Jiří Fried
Editor Jan Kohout
Production designer Jan Zázvorka
Music Dalibor C. Vačkář
Sound designer Emanuel Formánek