House in Poříčí Street

Jiří Svoboda, 1976

Film at Filmový přehled


Karel Štorkán's novel Milión (Million) was inspired by a real event, namely the collapse of an unfinished house in Prague's Na poříčí street in October 1928. In 1976, director Jiří Svoboda shot a drama based on the book with the main character being that of young engineer Vondrák, who is accused of causing the tragedy. The young architect has sketched the project for a modern, steel and concrete building in a hurry and under pressure. The fate of the construction is shadowed by sharp practices when it comes to materials and the violation of safety regulations and norms. The collapse takes human lives and triggers a strike among Prague construction workers. The real culprits, however, escape punishment... Josef Šebek appears in the not very psychologically deep role of the hero, whereas the character of entrepreneur Vladimír Podrouška, who gives priority to women and amusements over the construction work, is excellently portrayed by the ironic Jiří Kodet.
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About a film

Production year 1976
Countries Czechoslovakia
Categories film
Genres drama
Form feature
Duration 98 min
Director Jiří Svoboda
Cast Josef Šebek, Luděk Munzar, Ota Sklenčka, Bronislav Križan, Milena Steinmasslová
Director of photography Miloš Petrolín
Screenplay Karel Štorkán, Jiří Svoboda
Editor Josef Valušiak
Production designer Oldřich Okáč
Music Petr Hapka
Sound designer Pavel Jelínek