Dark Blue World
() is a 2001 film by Czech
director Jan Svěrák
pilots who fought for the British Royal Air Force
during World War II. The screenplay
was written by Zdeněk Svěrák
, the father of the director.
The film stars Ondřej Vetchý
as František (Franta) Sláma, Kryštof Hádek
as Karel Vojtíšek and Tara FitzGerald
as Susan. There is also an appearance from Charles Dance
and Anna Massey
About one third of the film takes place in 1950, after the war, when the returning Czechoslovak pilots were imprisoned by the new communist government
for colluding with the capitalists
. Most of these scenes are the interactions between Franta Sláma, and his fellow inmates in the prison hospital (an ex-SS
doctor and a convicted burglar). The film switches back between the war and the prison.
The first scene in the film is in the workshop
of the prison. Sláma is at a sewing machine
when he collapses and is taken to the hospital.
The film proper begins in 1939, just days prior to the German invasion of Czechoslovakia
. After the invasion, the Czechoslovakian military is disbanded and the Czechoslovaks have to give up their aircraft. However, Franta and the younger Karel, among others, refuse to submit to their occupiers, and flee to the United Kingdom to join the RAF.
Once they arrive, the British force the Czechoslovaks to retrain from the basics, which infuriates them, especially Karel, who is both impatient to fight the Germans and humiliated to be... Read More