Mr Brouček's Trip to the Golden Age

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1949

Production year

1949

Premiere

neproběhla

Category

film

Genre

satire

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Film state

partially realised project

Original title

Výlet pana Broučka do zlatých časů

Czech title

Výlet pana Broučka do zlatých časů

English title

Mr Brouček's Trip to the Golden Age

Working title

Výlet pana Broučka do roku 1935

Summary

Unfinished film.

Synopsis

Matěj Brouček is a bank clerk. One day, he haughtily refuses to attend to a customer who comes to the bank just before closing time. In the evening, Brouček goes to his favourite wine cellar to meet his friends: the deputy Hořešovský, the builder Řehák and the former pork-butcher Jůra. Together they bitch about the contemporary conditions and about the regime which boasts about its non-existent unemployment. They keep recalling the golden age of the First Republic, convinced that the only unemployed then were the hang-abouts. Intoxicated, Brouček falls down onto the pavement. After a while, he stands up. He is, however, unaware that he has returned to 1935. Stupefied, he enters a building and witnesses a meeting. He likes the main speaker who criticizes the government and the economy, and joins him vehemently. Shortly afterwards, the leftist meeting is broken by the police. Brouček is to be arrested and fights with the policemen. During the fight, his photograph is taken and the picture appears on the front pages of all the newspapers. He is dismissed from the bank, his friends turn away from him, and Brouček has a perfect chance to enjoy the "good old golden age" from the position of the unemployed, homeless and moneyless. In the midst of the most desperate situation, the wine cellar's head waiter finds the sleeping man on the street and wakes him up. Brouček is happy to realize that the date is 1948. He gratefully returns to his spot at the bank counter and is most ready to attend to a latecomer who visits the bank shortly after closing time.

Note

According to the testimony of the director Jaromír Pleskot from September 2000, the reason for ending the production of the movie were personal dissentions between the script-writer Karel Vaněk, also a reporter to the Rudé právo daily, and the poet Vítězslav Nezval. Nezval made the best use of the political influence he enjoyed at the time, as the head of the film department at the Czechoslovak Ministry of Information – and the shooting was called to a halt. The film´s unedited negative and the part of the sound negative, kept in the collections of the National Film Archive, include scenes from barely outlined decorations as well as scenes from the unfinished film. The movie makers borrowed only the name and the elementary features of the main figure from the novel byl Svatopluk Čech as well as only the basic outline of the story.

Cast

Jaroslav Marvan

bankovní úředník Matěj Brouček

Jaroslav Seník

poslanec Stanislav Hořešovský

Vítězslav Boček

stavitel Řehák

Vladimír Řepa

velkouzenář Cyril Jůra

Světla Amortová

Jůrova žena

Dagmar Zikánová

Dádinka, Jůrova dcera

Vladimír Hlavatý

referent osobního oddělení

Vlastimil Brodský

úředník ve stavební kanceláři

Lubomír Lipský

zápasník Tonda

Marie Nademlejnská

Tondova matka

Bedřich Vrbský

policejní velite lHeller

Bohumil Bezouška

podomní obchodník Jindřich Kolofík

Josef Bělský

vrchní ve vinárně U Šmajchlířů

Václav Špidla

řečník na dělnické schůzi

Hynek Němec

dělník na schůzi

Radovan Lukavský

dělník na schůzi

Karel Pavlík

dělník na schůzi

Bohuš Hradil

dělník na schůzi

Otto Čermák

dělník na schůzi

František Marek

tajný policista

Zdeněk Šavrda

tajný policista

Josef Vošalík

úředník

Miroslav Horníček

nastydlý zaměstnanec pracovního úřadu

Miroslav Svoboda

žadatel na pracovním úřadě

Vojta Plachý-Tůma

opozdilý zákazník v bance

Libuše Havelková

Dádinka, dcera Jůrových ve zkušebním filmu

Emil Bolek

vrchní ve vinárně U Šmajchlířů ve zkušebním filmu

Crew and creators

Based on

Svatopluk Čech (Nový epochální výlet pana Broučka tentokrát do 15. století – román)

Screenplay

Karel Vaněk, Vítězslav Kocourek, Emil Radok (spolupráce), Jaromír Pleskot (spolupráce)

Director of Photography

Josef Střecha

Cooperation

Emil Radok

Music

Selected Music

Tekla Bądarzewska-Baranowska (Modlitba panny /Modlitwa dziewicy/), Giacomo Puccini (Madam Butterfly /Madama Butterfly/ – opera)

Songs

V té naší aleji

Writer of Lyrics lidová píseň
Singer Jaroslav MarvanJaroslav SeníkVítězslav BočekVladimír Řepa

Když jaro zaťuká (z operety Brandejští dragouni)

Songwriter Jaroslav Jankovec
Writer of Lyrics Josef NeubergJaroslav Mottl
Singer Jaroslav MarvanJaroslav SeníkVítězslav BočekVladimír Řepa

Kam jste se poděly

Singer Jaroslav Marvan

Kukačka zakuká

Singer Jaroslav Marvan

Dětičky, jděte už spát

Songwriter František Blahník
Writer of Lyrics František Blahník
Singer sbor

Madam Butterfly

Songwriter Giacomo Puccini
Writer of Lyrics Luigi IllicaGiuseppe GiacosaVáclav Juda Novotný
Singer Dagmar Zikánová

Dejte se k nám, dejte se k nám!

Locations

Praha, ulice (Praha), park (Praha), pasáž Koruna (Praha), Staré Město (Praha)

Production info

Original Title

Výlet pana Broučka do zlatých časů

Czech Title

Výlet pana Broučka do zlatých časů

English Title

Mr Brouček's Trip to the Golden Age

Working Title

Výlet pana Broučka do roku 1935

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Film state

partially realised project

Genre

satire

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1949

Production Year

1949

Production specifications

projection approval nepředloženo ke schválení
end of filming 10 November 1949
end of filming 10 December 1949 (výroba zastavena na příkaz ministra informací Václava Kopeckého)

Premiere

premiere neproběhla

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Hostivař

Creative Group

VI. tvůrčí kolektiv Jiřího Hájka, Jiří Hájek (vedoucí VI. tvůrčího kolektivu)

Technical info

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