Days of Betrayal

Otakar Vávra, 1972



Narrative historical pictures play an important role in the extensive filmography of director Otakar Vávra. In this two-part reconstruction of the events of 1938, the doyen of Czech directing pursued modern Czechoslovak history. Together with the film’s other makers, Vávra indeed grounded himself with the genre of historical reconstruction and a care for authenticity, but Days of Betrayal offers a choice of facts beholden to the ideological concept as specified by the socialist state. Thus the film highlights communist Klement Gottwald as a positive figure, and the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia as having a positive role, in the tragic historical events leading up to the invasion of Czechoslovakia by Hitler’s Germany. The story’s protagonists are not only greats of the political scene at the time, they are also members of a fictional Prague working-class family whose fortunes are also captured in Vávra’s next movies Sokolovo (1974) and Osvobození Prahy (The Liberation of Prague, 1976).
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About a film

film_production_year 1972
film_countries Czechoslovakia
film_genres historical
film_form feature
film_duration 227 min
film_director Otakar Vávra
film_cast Jiří Pleskot, Bohuš Pastorek, Gunnar Möller, Jaroslav Radimecký, Martin Gregor
film_director_of_photography Jaromír Šofr
film_screenplay Miloslav Fábera, Otakar Vávra
film_film_editor Antonín Zelenka
film_production_designer Karel Lier
film_art_director Ester Krumbachová
film_music_composed_by Zdeněk Liška
film_sound_designer Adolf Böhm