Songs Should Never Die

Georgij Kalatozišvili, 1983

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It is 1907 and, having embarked on the final stage of his life in Tbilisi, Georgia, Czech singer and choirmaster Josef Navrátil recalls his professional career. The protégé of the great composer Bedřich Smetana is forced to seek work abroad having fallen out of favour with the Prague Provisional Theatre’s director. Using the assumed name of Ratili, he and his family eventually find a new home in Georgia. Once in the country, Navrátil devotes his efforts to writing down and performing folk songs… The film, directed by Georgi Kalatozishvili, was made in 1983 in a Czech-Georgian coproduction with Vít Olmer playing the lead. Several other parts also went to Czech actors: the main protagonist’s exhausted wife was Jana Březinová while the role of Smetana went to Otto Budín. Viewers are treated to the beauty of the Georgian landscape as well as the folk songs performed by an ensemble of dudukists.
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Production year 1983
Countries Czechoslovakia, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
Categories film
Genres biography
Form feature
Duration 87 min
Director Georgij Kalatozišvili
Cast Vít Olmer, Jana Březinová, Svetlana Toma, Imeda Kachiani
Director of photography Jiří Hošek, Dudar Margijev
Screenplay Gija Badridze, Vladimír Požar, Otto Zelenka
Editor Dalibor Lipský
Production designer Jindřich Goetz, Revaz Mirzašvili
Music Gija Kančeli, Džansug Kachidze
Sound designer Antonín Kravka, Imeri Mandžgaladze