Hour of Life

Václav Matějka, 1981



In 1977, director Václav Matějka created a contemporary psychological drama Hodina pravdy (The Hour of Truth). The earlier film is in no way related to a similarly titled motion picture he made in 1981. Hodina života (The Hour of Life) is a politicised historical drama inspired by the real-life events of a textile workers’ strike organised in the eastern Bohemian town of Týnec, as seen through the eyes of the noted journalist and critic of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Czech social democrat Josef Hybeš. The film depicts the dramatic events preceding Hybeš’s arrest in 1883 and the subsequent introduction of the demanded 11-hour work shift. The film, made according to the then ideological directives of the Barrandov Film Studios dramaturgy department, is credited for its descriptive representation of historical events and for the emotionally charged performance of Petr Štěpánek in the lead role.
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About a film

film_production_year 1981
film_countries Czechoslovakia
film_genres historical
film_form feature
film_duration 103 min
film_director Václav Matějka
film_cast Petr Štěpánek, Miroslav Zounar, Zdena Hadrbolcová, Zlata Adamovská, Jiří Štěpnička, Rudolf Jelínek
film_director_of_photography Jiří Macháně
film_screenplay Jiří S. Kupka, Václav Matějka
film_film_editor Josef Valušiak
film_production_designer Karel Lier
film_music_composed_by Jiří Šust
film_sound_designer Jiří Hora