Hour of Truth

Václav Matějka, 1977



Nataša Tanská’s acclaimed radio play Hodina angličtiny (English Lesson, 1974) was broadcast in seven countries and performed on stage by the legendary Moscow Art Theatre (MXAT). The play was transferred to the silver screen in 1977 with a slightly modified title. The dramatic narrative revolves around depressed convalescent Jarmila Slezáková who secretly decides to end her life after learning of her husband’s adultery. The English teacher of her small daughter, Ms Majerová, realises that the desperate woman is about to take her own life. The teacher, eventually aided by the errant husband, fights to save Jarmila’s life as time ticks away… Adapting the intimate radio play, which featured only the girl and her English teacher, director Václav Matějka created a subtle psychological drama. Jana Gýrová was cast in the role of teacher Ms Majerová while Hana Maciuchová excels as the husband’s mistress Petra.
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About a film

film_production_year 1977
film_countries Czechoslovakia
film_genres drama, psychological
film_form feature
film_duration 80 min
film_director Václav Matějka
film_cast Svatopluk Matyáš, Jana Gýrová, Hana Maciuchová, Růžena Merunková, Eliška Sirová, Vlastimil Brodský
film_director_of_photography Jaromír Šofr
film_screenplay Václav Matějka
film_film_editor Josef Valušiak
film_production_designer Aleš Voleman
film_music_composed_by Zdeněk Liška
film_sound_designer Ladislav Hausdorf