Archive of films Courage for Every Day / Každý den odvahu

1964, 86 min

Section: Out of the Past
Year: 2023


Together with Jaromil Jireš’s The Joke, this directorial feature debut by Evald Schorm is the most incisive attempt to capture the all-pervasive moral enervation of Czech society in the early 1960s, when party bureaucracy prevailed and ideals simply became empty phrases. The victim here isn’t an opponent of the regime, but a loyal young labourer affiliated with the Socialist Youth Movement, who experiences a growing sense of painful disenchantment with the communist cause. This penetrating, psychological character study, heightened by a sober acting performance, renders the film a timeless statement of blind faith which, followed by disillusionment, leads to a destructive existential crisis. The film will be screened in its new, digitally restored version. 

Zdena Škapová

About the director

Evald Schorm

Evald Schorm (1931–1988, Prague). Selected filmography: Why? (1964, doc.), Courage for Every Day (1964), Reflection (1965, doc.), Return of the Prodigal Son (1966), Saddled with Five Girls (1967), The End of a Priest (1968), The Seventh Day, the Eighth Night (1969), Study of a Rehearsal (1976, doc.).


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About the film

Black & white, DCP

Section: Out of the Past
Director: Evald Schorm
Screenplay: Antonín Máša
Dir. of Photography: Jan Čuřík
Music: Jan Klusák
Sound: František Šindelář, Bohumír Brunclík
Editor: Josef Dobřichovský
Art Director: Josef Ouzký
Production: Filmové studio Barrandov
Cast: Jana Brejchová, Jan Kačer, Josef Abrhám, Vlastimil Brodský, Jiřina Jirásková
Sales: Národní filmový archiv


Jan Kačer


Ivan Šlapeta

Director of Photography


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