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Strike,The - KA   [Assigned Title]

SIRÉNA   [Assigned Title]
Country of Origin: Czech Republic
Year of origin: 1947
Genre: Feature Film
Locations of shooting: Kladno

Director: Karel Steklý
Screenplay: Karel Steklý
  Jan Weiss
Production company: Československá filmová společnost
Music: E.F. Burian
Director of photography: Jaroslav Tuzar

The shriek of a siren sets the rhythm of life in Kladno. The family of smelter Hudec lives very much like the other workers' families. The salaries are low and father Hudec leaves part of the money in the local pub. The family is held together by the firm hand of the mother, Mrs Hudcová, who watches over her son Rudolf and daughters Růžena and Emča. The gloomy situation forces the miners to act and they call a strike. An impulse for further resistance comes with the suicide of Černý, who in his farewell letter accuses the mine's general manager Bacher of causing his suicide. The indignant miners want to speak with Bacher but he drives them away with gendarmes whom he pays from the miners' money, set aside to support the ailing. This fact enrages the miners even further and Hudec, who had stopped drinking, appeals to the smelters to express their solidarity with the miners. He is instantly fired for this. As the strike continues, the hunger and misery of the workers' families is growing stronger and tension is rising. In the end, a small incident is enough to bring the people to Bacher's villa where, in hatred, they start breaking everything. The army, which has been sent for, opens fire and breaks up the workers, accidentally fatally wounding Emča Hudcová. The workers' protest is

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