Ninety Degrees in the Shade

Ninety Degrees in the Shade (Czech: Třicet jedna ve stínu) is a 1965 British-Czech drama film directed by Jiří Weiss.[1]

Ninety Degrees in the Shade
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Directed byJiří Weiss
Produced byRaymond Stross
Written byJiří Weiss
David Mercer
Jiří Mucha
StarringJames Booth
Anne Heywood
Music byLuděk Hulan
CinematographyBedřich Baťka
Edited byJan Chaloupek
Russell Lloyd
Filmové studio Barrandov
Raymond Stross Productions
Distributed byUnger Films (USA)
Release date
1 October 1965 (Czechoslovakia)
Running time
78 minutes (Czech cut)
90 minutes (English cut)
CountriesUnited Kingdom
Czech Republic


It's very hot, putting a strain on everyone. A beautiful woman works in a shop in Czechoslovakia during the Communist era. She is in the late, disillusioned stages of an affair with a married man. Two government inspectors arrive to carry out an audit. The shop sells expensive alcoholic drinks. One inspector is relaxed, an old hand, but the other is a newcomer and meticulous. The heroine's boyfriend has stolen some bottles with her compliance. She manages to hide this from the meticulous inspector during the first day of the inspection. That night she and her boyfriend raise money and buy bottles to replace those he stole. That night also, we see the unhappy home life of the meticulous inspector - his alcoholic wife and lazy son. We are led to wonder if he has feelings for the heroine (the shop worker). On the second day of the inspection, the relaxed inspector of the pair drops a bottle and it breaks, leading to the discovery that almost all the bottles have had their contents stolen and are filled with tea. The film ends with an ambiguous act by the heroine, her motives unclear.


Awards and nominationsEdit

Berlin International Film Festival

  • Won, "UNICRIT Award" - Jiří Weiss

Golden Globe Award

  • Nominated, "Best English-Language Foreign Film"


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