Fists in the Dark

Jaroslav Soukup, 1986

Film at Filmový přehled


At the start of his film career, screenwriter-director Jaroslav Soukup presented himself as an ambitious artist with a strong eye for genre films. In 1986, this sporting drama set in pre-war Prague became one notable result of his efforts. The story centres on real-life Czech boxing champion Vilda Jakub, who faced off against noted German boxer Kurt Schaller several times during the 1930s. The battles in the ring take on a political dimension: Vilda’s defeat would help underscore the image sought by Nazi Germany that the country is inherently superior. Marek Vašut offers a remarkable performance as the stubborn, incorruptible Vilda. Josef Nedorost plays his German opponent. The two great loves of Vilda’s life are played by Jana Krausová (as nurse Blanka) and Eliška Balzerová (as actor Ema Gabrielová).
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About a film

Production year 1986
Countries Czechoslovakia
Categories film
Genres drama
Form feature
Duration 98 min
Director Jaroslav Soukup
Cast Marek Vašut, Josef Nedorost, Eliška Balzerová, Ferdinand Krůta, Josef Vinklář, Pavel Nový
Director of photography Richard Valenta
Screenplay Jaroslav Vokřál, Jaroslav Soukup
Editor Jiří Brožek
Production designer Jiří Matolín
Music Zdeněk Barták
Sound designer Alexandr Vrbata