1934 Rhythm

Jaroslav Balík, 1980

Film at Filmový přehled


For 1980s Czech filmmakers, the era of the First Republic became a fictional arena within which official contemporary ideology was reinforced via stories critical of the capitalistic system. Yet it was also an era that provided some opportunities for nostalgia and spectacle. This 1980 film from Jaroslav Balík is a loose adaptation of the Václav Řezáč novel Černé světlo (Black Light). The protagonist is ambitious young man Karel Kubát, who after unfairly being expelled from a Baťa footwear company vocational school, instead starts a career in a musical publishing firm operated by his Prague-based uncle. Kuba begins to use Baťa’s slogans about hard work and remorseless self-furtherance against his contemporaries. Even his uncle’s daughter Bobina becomes just another tool for his pursuit of money and power. Vladislav Beneš – usually a supporting actor during the 1970s and 80s – takes the lead role in this film. Bobina is portrayed by Lucie Žulová.
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About a film

Production year 1980
Countries Czechoslovakia
Categories film
Genres drama, psychological
Form feature
Duration 92 min
Director Jaroslav Balík
Cast Vladislav Beneš, Ota Sklenčka, Iva Janžurová, Lucie Žulová, Jitka Malíková, Daniel Dítě
Director of photography Viktor Růžička
Screenplay Vladimír Bor, Jaroslav Balík
Editor Eva Bobková
Production designer Jiří Hlupý
Music Karel Mareš
Sound designer Jiří Kříž