The Old Man Bezoušek

narrative

Typology

feature

Czech title

Pantáta Bezoušek

Runtime

93

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1941

Production year

1941

Premiere

07.11.1941

Language version

Czech

Director

Jiří Slavíček

Screenplay

Karel Steklý

Summary

Karel Václav Rais’ novel Pantáta Bezoušek (The Old Man Bezoušek) was first filmed by Karel Lamač in 1926. However, the sound film version, made 15 years later according to Karel Steklý’s screenplay by screenwriter, film editor and director Jiří Slavíček (son of painter Antonín Slavíček) went on to become much more popular. The lead character of the narrative is an ageing villager who arrives in Prague to visit his adult son (Ladislav Boháč). Simple-souled Bezoušek Sr. (Jaroslav Vojta) manages to achieve more than just an enjoyment of the delights of the capital city. His good heart goes a long way in helping his son’s sister-in-law Melanka (Vlasta Matulová) to realise her long-forbidden love for building assistant Králiš (Jan Pivec), something her strict father (Karel Hašler) would not approve of… The film strongly appealed to the patriotic feelings of Czech audiences living in the Protectorate, especially as it includes a fragment of Prodaná nevěsta (The Bartered Bride, Smetana’s opera), which characters go to see. German censorship responded immediately by banning any and all patriotic tendencies in Czech films.

Synopsis

Josef Bezoušek arrives in Prague from the country to visit the family of his son, a lawyer. His daughter-in-law Márinka and both grand-daughters are kind to him and he soon becomes used to the city life. During a walk round Prague Bezoušek makes the acquaintance of an amiable young man. According to the address on some building plans which the young man has lost, Bezoušek mistakenly believes him to be the builder Kopecký. Márinka's sister Melanka is in love with the construction assistant Králiš. Her father, councillor Burdych, does not encourage this acquaintance and keeps his daughter at home. Márinka buys tickets for the National Theatre for her father-in-law and Melanka; she sends the third ticket to Králiš so that he and Melanka meet up. Bezoušek is offended when councillor Burdych waiting in front of the theatre accuses him for supporting Melanka's forbidden friendship. Thus Bezoušek discovers that the man he thought was Kopecký is, in fact, Králiš. Bezoušek is determined to put things right before his departure. He gives the councillor to believe that his friend, who has to be taken round the park in a wheelchair by his servant, became a cripple when his daughter killed herself after a failed love affair. The councillor is horrified at this story and decides to let his daughter choose whom she wishes.

Note

The film contains a part of the production The Bartered Bride at the National Theatre, directed by Josef Munclinger. This theme had already been treated in a Czech film under the same title (Dir: Karel Lamač, 1926). The first performance of the film was held on the 31st of July 1941 on the festival Filmové žně in Zlín.

Cast

Jaroslav Vojta

pantáta Josef Bezoušek

Ladislav Boháč

JUDr. Josef Bezoušek, pantátův syn

Zita Kabátová

Márinka, Josefova žena

Vlasta Matulová

Márinčina sestra Melanka

Karel Hašler

rada Burdych, otec Márinky a Melanky

Jan Pivec

stavitelský asistent Jan Králiš

Jindřich Plachta

berní kontrolor Věnceslav Karbulka

Milada Smolíková

Mančinka Halouzková, Bezouškova dcera

Ella Nollová

hospodyně u rady Burdycha

Marie Blažková

hospodyně u Králiše

Alois Dvorský

magistrátní úředník Albert Zuran

Marie Rosůlková

Zuranova žena

Hermína Vojtová

Zuranova sestra Bubačka

Radana Vojtová

Micinka, starší dceruška dr. Bezouška

Jitka Dušková

Fíninka, mladší dceruška dr. Bezouška

Václav Vydra st.

direktor panství

Ferenc Futurista

zedník Kocián

Vladimír Řepa

klient u dr. Bezouška

František Filipovský

advokátní koncipient

Rudolf Hrušínský st.

Václav Halouzek, Bezouškův zeť

Slávka Procházková

služka u dr. Bezouška Františka

Karel Postranecký

tesařský mistr

Josef Kemr

tesařský učedník Pepík

Ota Motyčka

kloboučník v kostele

Fráňa Vajner

cestující ve vlaku

Betty Kysilková

domovnice Šťastná

Marie Nademlejnská

domovnice u Zuranů

Bedřich Bozděch

vrchní v kavárně

Věkoslav Satoria

hráč kulečníku

Karel Němec

vrátný v Národním divadle

Jindřich Blažíček

Jeník v Prodané nevěstě - představení v ND

Marie Budíková

Mařenka v Prodané nevěstě - představení v ND

Luděk Mandaus

Kecal v Prodané nevěstě - představení v ND

Josef Celerin

Krušina v Prodané nevěstě - představení v ND

Vladimír Jedlička

kluk ve vlaku

Jiří Krchňavý

Bohumil Švarc

chlapec, Karbulkův synovec

Jaroslav Dražil

chlapec, Karbulkův synovec

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

František Urbánek, Antonín Kubový

Based on

Karel Václav Rais (Pantáta Bezoušek – román)

Screenplay

Karel Steklý

Production Designer

Ferdinand Fiala

Set Designer

V. Kliment

Film Editor

Marie Bourová

Sound Designer

Stanislav Vondraš

Production Manager

Karel Feix, Václav Dražil

Consultant

Karel Hašler

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Fiala

Selected Music

Bedřich Smetana (Prodaná nevěsta /Proč bychom se netěšili, Proč jsi tak zasmušilá, Věrné naše milování, Jak možná věřit, Staniž se, Dobrá věc se podařila/)

Songs

Holka modrooká

Production info

Original Title

Pantáta Bezoušek

English Title

The Old Man Bezoušek

Copyright

1941

Production Year

1941

Premiere

07.11.1941

Production

Nationalfilm

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Nationalfilm

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: Filmové žně 1941 Zlín

1941
Zlín / Czechoslovakia
Nationalfilm