Věra Čáslavská – 68

Olga Sommerová's feature-length documentary captures the life of Věra Čáslavská, both a mirror of Czechoslovak history and a unique phenomenon in the history of the Czech nation.

Věra 68
Czechia 2012
90 min.
  • This film is available until 31. 7. 2024 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

The film about Věra Čáslavská is an evaluation of her life. With her seven gold and four silver Olympic medals, she represents the most successful Czechoslovak sportswoman of all time as well as the fourth most successful Olympic sportswoman of the world. After her breathtaking victory at the Summer Olympics in Mexico City in 1968, she was pronounced the second most popular woman of the planet after Jacqueline Kennedy. In 1968, she signed the 2000 Words Manifesto which she never withdrew. Despite her enormous fame, which she deserved for her incredibly hard work and endurance, she lived a troubled life (political situation during normalization, marriage, family tragedy). Her unique life story reflects the situation in the Czech society, both in the communist and democratic regime. In both cases, she was active in the civil sphere. She considers her sporting past as a few moments of fame which can hardly make up for her troublesome life.

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Director: Olga Sommerová
Screenplay: Olga Sommerová
Cinematography: Olga Špátová
Music: Aleš Březina
Sound: Petr Provazník, Tomáš Kubec
Editing: Jakub Voves
Producer: Pavel Berčík
Co-production: Petr Morávek
Cast: Věra Čáslavská, Václav Havel, John Bok, Radka Čáslavská, Jan Potměšil, Martin Vačkář, Dana Zátopková
  • This film is available until 31. 7. 2024 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.