High Blue Wall

Vladimír Čech, 1973



The first Czech film to be made with 70mm film technology was created to mark the 30th anniversary of the independent Czechoslovak air force. Directed by Vladimír Čech in 1973, the film is inspired by the novel Osm a půl sestřelu (Eight-and-a-half Shootdowns) by author Vladimír Podzimek. The narrative is played out in 1951, and sees air force commander Jelínek (Jiří Bednář) nostalgically looking back to the formative days of Czech military aviation. Years ago, when first starting out, Jelínek even found himself at odds with his strict commander Dvořák (Martin Růžek). But both soldiers are ultimately joined together by the hope that new Soviet military aircraft will help secure the country’s borders against Western aggression. The film is an unabashed early “normalisation” attempt at rehabilitating the Stalinist era. The Czechoslovak People's Army (ČLA) and Svazarm (the Union for Cooperation with the Army) assisted with the production. Vysoká modrá zeď (The High Blue Wall) benefits from realistically staged aircraft battle sequences.
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About a film

film_production_year 1973
film_countries Czechoslovakia
film_genres narrative
film_form feature
film_duration 91 min
film_director Vladimír Čech
film_cast Martin Růžek, Jiří Bednář, Jiří Němeček, Josef Langmiler, Josef Chvalina
film_director_of_photography Václav Huňka, Jiří Krob
film_screenplay Václav Podzimek, Milan Růžička, Vladimír Čech, Miloslav Vydra
film_film_editor Antonín Zelenka
film_production_designer Jaroslav Krška, Bohuslav Kulič
film_music_composed_by Štěpán Lucký
film_sound_designer Pavel Jelínek