Fires on Potato Fields

A reputable old Prague physician called Meluzín has to content himself with a post as a “country doctor” after his wife emigrates. In the local health centre, he meets with hostility and incomprehension, but his expertise and humane approach win him the respect of his doubtful new colleagues and mistrusting patients.

Dým bramborové natě
Czechoslovakia 1976
95 min.
  • This film is available until 31. 12. 2024 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

After breaking up with his wife, who has remained abroad, Dr Meluzin, an aging Prague specialist, accepts a position as a regional doctor in a rural health centre where he wants to find peace of mind and balance again. He seeks it in the atmosphere of his childhood, in a region that in his memories is linked to the smell of October campfires and baked potatoes. At first he encounters distrust, misunderstanding and gossip from the locals. However, his expertise, understanding of human values and weaknesses and wise calmness convince those around him that he is not only a good doctor but also a good man. People will find their way to him and he himself will gain a new purpose in life.

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Director: František Vláčil
Based on: Bohumil Říha
Screenplay: Václav Nývlt, František Vláčil
Cinematography: František Uldrich
Music: Zdeněk Liška
Sound: František Fabián
Editing: Miroslav Hájek
Production Design: Jan Oliva
Producer: Ladislav Novotný
Costumes: František Zapletal, Nita Romanečová
Cast: Rudolf Hrušínský, Věra Galatíková, Alois Švehlík, Jana Dítětová, Marie Logojdová, Nina Popelíková, Josef Somr, Jaroslava Obermaierová, Václav Lohniský
  • This film is available until 31. 12. 2024 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.