Captain Korda

Josef Pinkava, 1970



Films aimed at children usually avoid serious issues or else present them in an idealised or unrealistic way. An exception to this tendency is Kapitán Korda (Captain Korda, 1970) written by screenwriter Milan Šimek and directed by Josef Pinkava. The poetic narrative tells the story of little Pepík who lives in a children’s home. While in hospital he forms a close bond with “Captain” Korda (Vladimír Brabec), in reality a train dispatcher who later decides to make plans for Pepík’s adoption. However, the joy of the childless couple and Pepík’s happiness too is suddenly disturbed by the boy’s mother… Even though Kapitán Korda was aimed at a children’s audience, it still carries traces of the socio-psychological drama that was typical of the 1960s. Child actor Michal Vavruša excelled in the role of Pepík and was subsequently chosen by Karel Kachyňa for his film Vlak do stanice Nebe (The Train to the Heaven Station, 1972) and by František Vláčil for Sirius (Sirius, 1974). Vavruša also starred in Pinkava’s short film Poštovský panáček (The Postman, 1974).
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About a film

film_production_year 1970
film_countries Czechoslovakia
film_genres children
film_form feature
film_duration 87 min
film_director Josef Pinkava
film_cast Michal Vavruša, Vladimír Brabec, Milena Dvorská, Drahomíra Hofmanová, Jiří Vala, Václav Babka
film_director_of_photography Karel Kopecký
film_screenplay Milan Šimek, Josef Pinkava
film_film_editor Antonín Štrojsa
film_production_designer Jaroslav Krška
film_music_composed_by Angelo Michajlov
film_sound_designer Radomír Koutek, Bohumír Brunclík