Upside Down

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1938

Production year

1938

Premiere

7 January 1939

Runtime

90 min

Category

film

Genre

comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Vzhůru nohama

Czech title

Vzhůru nohama

English title

Upside Down

Synopsis

Law student Krumlovský realizes after a drinking binge how useless his life is. He decides to move to a quiet house on Malá Strana and finally finish his studies. Peace and quiet, however, do not materialize. His landlady Vilhelmová attempts to seduce him and the landlord puts on loud concerts. The student's calm is also disrupted by his nascent love for Otylka, the daughter of the landlord. No one suspects that the crazy inventor Provazník, who lives in the attic, is in reality the author of vicious anonymous letters that meddles in the lives of the tenants. He writes to Krumlovský that Otylka is obsessed with marriage at all cost, and to Otylka he writes that Krumlovský is the seducer of innocent young girls. The failed painter Augusta flirts with Mrs. Vilhelmová. Provazník points this out to his jealous wife. She raises a racket, but in the meantime Mrs. Vilhelmová is attempting to hide in Krumlovský's room, and so in turn Otylka is insulted. Not until Provazník's role in the whole confusion is revealed is everyone able to make peace with one another.

Cast

Václav Trégl

pan domácí

Hana Vítová

Otylka, vnučka domácího

Helena Bušová

bytná paní Vilhelmová, zvaná konduktér

Vladimír Borský

student práv Jan Krumlovský

Jindřich Plachta

blázen a vynálezce Provazník

Bedřich Veverka

MUDr. Jensen, Provazníkův dozorčí lékař

Ludvík Veverka

malíř Augusta

Marie Rosůlková

Marie, Augustova žena

František Paul

hostinský

Ferenc Futurista

vrchní Ignác

Josef Vošalík

žebrák Vojtíšek

Ella Nollová

Vojtíškova sousedka

Vladimír Šmeral

student Morousek

František Černý

tlustý zákazník malíře Augusty

Jindřich Láznička

starosta z Kuckova

Karel Kolár

člen kuckovské městské rady

Gabriel Hart

člen kuckovské městské rady

Rudolf Hrušínský st.

člen kuckovské městské rady

Crew and creators

Based on

Jan Neruda (Figurky – Idylický úryvek ze zápisků advokátního koncipienta – povídka ze sbírky Povídky malostranské)

Screenplay

Karel Steklý

Director of Photography

Josef Střecha

Production Designer

Jan Zázvorka

Film Editor

Jan Kohout

Titles Designed by

Martin Frič

Production Manager

Václav Dražil

Unit Production Manager

Gustav Straschnitz

Music

Music Composed by

Miloš Smatek

Production info

Original Title

Vzhůru nohama

Czech Title

Vzhůru nohama

English Title

Upside Down

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1938

Production Year

1938

Production specifications

date of censorship 11/1938

Premiere

premiere 7 January 1939 /unsuitable for youths/ (kino Praha /1½ týdne/, Praha)

Production

Terra

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

AB Barrandov

Distribution

Terra

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

90 min

Original length in metres

2 565 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

Tobis – Klang

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech