Pure River

Štěpán Skalský, 1978

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In 1978, director Štěpán Skalský responded to the contemporary call for films about topical social themes by co-writing a screenplay for an ecological drama titled Čistá řeka (Pure River) with screenwriter Karel Steigerwald. The hero of this accessible film is a newly graduated, idealistic hygienist, Pavel, who encounters gross violations of the regulations in a district town. When he tries to change the situation, the head of the textile factory that is polluting the local river blocks all of his efforts. The resigned protagonist, played attractively by Slovak actor Juraj Ďurdiak, is the prototype of the young hero through whom the creators of films in the era of “normalisation” pointed to selected evils of the times.
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About a film

Production year 1978
Countries Czechoslovakia
Categories film
Genres narrative
Form feature
Duration 87 min
Director Štěpán Skalský
Cast Juraj Ďurdiak, Anna Wetlinská, Přemysl Matoušek, Václav Voska, Jana Švandová, Jaroslava Tichá
Director of photography Andrej Barla
Screenplay Karel Steigerwald, Štěpán Skalský
Editor Miroslav Hájek
Production designer Karel Lier
Music Karel Svoboda
Sound designer Adolf Böhm