Vladimír Sís, Ladislav Smoček, 1967

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A single film is found against the name of dramatist, writer and theatre director Ladislav Smoček in the archives. That credit stems from Smoček’s conversion of his stage drama Piknik (The Picnic, 1965) for the silver screen. In making the film in 1967, he cooperated with seasoned film director Vladimír Sís. The low-budget rarity takes place on a Pacific island in 1945. In the middle of an impenetrable jungle five US Marines are searching for their Japanese adversaries. But a tension envelopes the soldiers. It is fuelled by the fear of the invisible enemy. A deepening paranoia causes the men to start mistrusting one another, following the disappearance of a sergeant… The motion picture, initially shot on a film set established on Žitný island in Slovakia, and at later stages in real jungle in Cambodia, boasts a star-studded cast (Pavel Landovský, Miroslav Macháček, Jiří Hálek, Josef Somr, Milan Sandhaus).
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About a film

Production year 1967
Countries Czechoslovakia
Categories film
Genres drama, psychological
Form feature
Duration 68 min
Director Vladimír Sís, Ladislav Smoček
Cast Jiří Hálek, Milan Sandhaus, Pavel Landovský, Josef Somr, Miroslav Macháček
Director of photography Stanislav Milota
Screenplay Ladislav Smoček, Vladimír Sís
Editor Miroslav Hájek
Production designer Karel Lier
Artist Jiří Kovařík
Music Jan Klusák
Sound designer Jiří Pavlík