The Catacombs

comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Katakomby

Runtime

95

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1940

Production year

1940

Premiere

23.02.1940

Language version

Czech

Director

Martin Frič

Screenplay

Václav Wasserman

Summary

Director Martin Frič and popular comedian Vlasta Burian by no means collaborated frequently, but in 1940 they came up with two films. In addition to Baron Prášil (Baron Műnchhausen), they also produced another successful comedy, namely Katakomby (The Catacombs). It starred Burian in yet another role as a clever clerk who manages to climb the ladder to a better life. The subordinate position held by civil servant Borman is aptly reflected by his workplace in the land registry’s subterranean offices. A coincidence gets the ageing official, along with young colleague Marek (Antonín Novotný), into a party for the registry’s management. A passionate card player, Borman impresses his seniors with his outspoken character, while Marek catches the eye of the director’s worldly mistress Nasťa. The role of the fashionable beauty was tailored – just like the robes made by the studio of designer Hana Podolská – to Adina Mandlová. Vlasta Burian is not the only person who sings in the movie, as he is joined by the popular formation Kocourkovští učitelé (The Teachers of Kocourkov).

Synopsis

The archives of the Land register Bureau are located in the basement rooms known as the catacombs. The clerks practice a choral performance to be given at the party put on by the director. Official Borman diligently works. Marek, the youngest clerk, amorously observes in the window of the hotel opposite Nasťa Borková, the lover of Director Kryštof. The position of general secretary has been vacated in the bureau and everyone is curious as to who will be named to fill it. In the evening everyone goes to the party, only Borman and Marek have night duty. Both are soon invited upstairs. Marek joins the rank of dancers. Borman is invited to be the third at a game of cards. The passion of the chairman - the evening's most important personality - is cards. The idiosyncratic Borman displays no sycophantic respect to his superiors. So for the first time in this powerful man's life someone is speaking to him sincerely. The chairman is at first insulted, but then he realizes that in Borman he has discovered the perfect candidate for the position of his secretary. The spoiled Nasťa meets in the person of Marek a man she is capable of loving.

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Cast

Vlasta Burian

oficiál Borman

Jaroslav Marvan

přednosta úřadu Sýkora

Čeněk Šlégl

ředitel Pozemkového úřadu L.Kryštof

Theodor Pištěk

prezidiální Klásek

Adina Mandlová

Nasťa Borková

Antonín Novotný

úředník dr.Marek

Raoul Schránil

ing.Jiří Rudík, Markův spolužák

Nataša Gollová

Irena, dcera ředitele Kryštofa

Růžena Šlemrová

Malvína, Kláskova manželka

Miloš Nedbal

vrchní revident Kefurt

Bohuš Záhorský

revident Hlinka

Jindřich Láznička

sluha v katakombách Baltazar

František Filipovský

servilní úředník Šmíd

Bedřich Ulrych

poslíček

Kocourkovští učitelé

úředníci z katakomb

Karel Černý

konzul Marek

Anna Steimarová

manželka konzula Marka

Blažena Slavíčková

dcera konzula Marka

Josef Bělský

ředitel módního salónu

Dora Martinová

dívka na večírku

Crew and creators

Director

Martin Frič

Assistant Director

Eduard Šimáček, Rudolf Stahl

Based on

Gustav Davis (Mušketýři z katakomb /Die Katakomben/ – divadelní hra)

Production Designer

Jan Zázvorka

Costume Designer

Hana Podolská

Make-Up Artist

František Rous

Film Editor

Jan Kohout

Production Manager

Rudolf Stahl

Music

Selected Music

Georges Bizet (Carmen)

Music Performed by

Orchestr F.O.K.

Songs

Vínek českých luhův a hájův, Pán a písař, Oslí serenáda, Toreadore smělý, Což neřekl ti hlas můj tisíckrát /Závišovy písně/, Hrál jsem karty na souvrati /na nápěv Sil jsem proso/

Songwriter

Julius Kalaš (Pán a písař), Rudolf Friml (Oslí serenáda), Georges Bizet (Toreadore smělý), Rudolf Friml (Což neřekl ti hlas můj tisíckrát /Závišovy písně/)

Writer of Lyrics

Karel Hrnčíř (Pán a písař – píseň), Karel Hrnčíř (Pán a písař)

Singer

Kocourkovští učitelé (Vínek českých luhův a hájův), Vlasta Burian (Vínek českých luhův a hájův), Kocourkovští učitelé (Pán a písař), Kocourkovští učitelé (Oslí serenáda), Vlasta Burian (Toreadore smělý), Kocourkovští učitelé (Což neřekl ti hlas můj tisíckrát /Závišovy písně/), Vlasta Burian (Což neřekl ti hlas můj tisíckrát /Závišovy písně/), Kocourkovští učitelé (Hrál jsem karty na souvrati /na nápěv Sil jsem proso/)

Production info

Original Title

Katakomby

English Title

The Catacombs

Copyright

1940

Production Year

1940

Premiere

23.02.1940

Production

Ufa

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Ufa

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Event: Národní ceny za umění filmové

1940
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Jaroslav Marvan

Vítěz

Festival: Filmové žně 1940 Zlín

1940
Zlín / Czechoslovakia
Ufa