The Green Notebook

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1948

Production year

1948

Premiere

3 June 1949

Runtime

85 min

Director

Josef Mach

Category

film

Genre

narrative

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Zelená knížka

Czech title

Zelená knížka

English title

The Green Notebook

Synopsis

The year 1931 brought a climax to the world's economic crisis. It affected also the inhabitants of an old periphery house. The men are unemployed and their wives have to shop on credit at the local shopkeeper Bočan, who is at the same time the owner of the house. Bočan is far from a philathropist. He would loan money, but only at a usurious interest. He would sell on credit, but would always add few crowns to the amount owed. And all this he records into a green book which is the apple of his eye. The customers suspect that Bočan steals on them but have no proof, and thus they simply have to pay more. Frantík, the grandson of the poor Severýn, who gives a helping hand in the shop on holidays, reveals Bočan's swindles and seizes the green book. He also finds out that Bočan is moreover a receiver of stolen merchandise. Thanks to Frantík, the policeman Brejcha who had suspected Bočan of wrongdoing for a long time finds out about Bočan's swindles and middleman activites, and takes him to a police station.

Note

On January 7, 1949, the film was shown in thirty provincial cinemas before its Prague première.

Cast

Eduard Linkers

obchodník Karel Bočan

Světla Svozilová

Růžena, Bočanova žena

Stanislav Neumann

děda Severýn

Otto Krčka

Frantík, Severýnův vnuk

L. H. Struna

automechanik Václav Kolísko

Ivan Jandl

Jarka, Kolískův syn

Jaroslav Mareš

řidič Josef Urbanec

Jiří Plachý

strážník Brejcha

Jana Hrdličková

Božka, dcera Bílkové

Antonín Mikulič

Olda Náhlík

Anna Gabrielová

Oldova matka

Richard Záhorský

otec Náhlík

Josef Chvalina

nezaměstnaný Jelínek

František Holar

nezaměstnaný Jarda Klečka

Drahomíra Fialková

nájemnice Jelínková, Bočanova zákaznice

Josef Kemr

zloděj s kufrem

Eva Havlová

nájemnice

Antonín Jirsa

závozník Kovář

Crew and creators

Director

Josef Mach

Based on

Václav Řezáč (Poplach v Kovářské uličce – román)

Screenplay

Josef Mach

Director of Photography

Jan Stallich

Camera Operator

Rudolf Milič

Production Designer

Miroslav Hrachovec

Set Designer

Josef Pavlík

Sound Designer

Emanuel Formánek

Production Manager

Miloš Mastník

Music

Music Composed by

Jan Kapr

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by Otakar Pařík),

Production info

Original Title

Zelená knížka

Czech Title

Zelená knížka

English Title

The Green Notebook

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

narrative

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1948

Production Year

1948

Production specifications

end of filming 25 May 1948
projection approval 19 November 1948 (konec povolení k promítání 19. 11. 1953)

Premiere

preview 7 January 1949 (mimopražská kina)
premiere 3 June 1949

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Barrandov

Creative Group

VII. výrobní skupina Řezáč – Fábera – Šmída, Miloslav Fábera (umělecký šéf VII. výrobní skupiny), Václav Řezáč (umělecký šéf VII. výrobní skupiny), Bohumil Šmída (produkční šéf VII. výrobní skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

85 min

Original length in metres

2 419 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech