My Friend the Gipsy

drama, psychological

Typology

feature

Czech title

Můj přítel Fabián

Runtime

99

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1953

Production year

1953

Premiere

07.01.1955

Language version

Czech

Director

Jiří Weiss

Screenplay

Ludvík Aškenazy, Jiří Weiss

Synopsis

Josef Trojan is returning from his holidays to Kunčice where he is a welder on a building site. At the station he meets a group of gipsies who have arrived in search of work. Trojan is appalled to discover that they are all illiterate and he decides to help at least one of them. The widower Gejza Fabián has been left alone to bring up his son whom everyone is starting to call Fabiánek. Trojan takes Fabián to join the work team and soon trains him to be a skilled welder. The teacher Krásová has taken Fabiánek under her wing who, since he has very little education, has been put in a class of much younger children. Krásová also sets up evening classes for the adult gipsies. Not everything runs smoothly, however. Certain people are intolerant and others display signs of open racism. Moreover it comes to a clash between father and son - at school Fabiánek admits that his father cribbed the homework off him and Fabián feels his son's admission as betrayal. The differing temperaments and customs also cause misunderstandings between Fabián, Trojan and Krásová. The worker Řepka, who disliked Fabián intensely from the beginning, causes a fire in the machinery. Fabián is mistakenly identified as the culprit and his punishment is his assignment to ordinary building work requiring no qualifications. Fabiánek has caught up with the other children with help from the pioneers and he becomes one of them. Trojan ascertains the true culprit behind the fire and ensures Fabián's return to the welding circle.

Cast

Otto Lackovič

dělník Gejza Fabián

Dušan Klein

malý Gejza, Fabiánův syn zvaný Fabiánek

Ladislav Chudík

svářeč Josef Trojan

Otomar Krejča

inženýr Jan Krása, vedoucí stavby

Věra Bublíková

učitelka Vlasta, Krásová žena

Bohuš Záhorský

mistr František Tereba

Robert Vrchota

dělník Václav Řepka, bývalý holič

Eva Kubešová

Tonička, Trojanova milá

Bohumil Machník

svářeč Stanislav Hrabal

Josef Bek

svářeč Jaroslav

Jiří Vršťala

prodavač Ríša, Řepkův kamarád

Oldřich Vykypěl

předseda závodní rady Stárek

Gustav Hrdlička

vrchní ve vinárně

Fanda Mrázek

fotograf

Zdena Bronislavská

Carmen v operním představení

Ladislav Gzela

hostinský

Inocenc Březina

svářeč Ondřej Rektoris

Elemir Saszy

cikánský zpěvák

Jožka Lakatoš

primáš cimbálové muziky

Věra Váchová

Řepkova přítelkyně

Irena Cygonková

Hanička, Terebova dcera

Margita Fabiánová

cikánka Margita

Karol Strážnický

Viktor Oktábec

František Vyplel

Stella Stašicová

M. Cina

J. Šipoš

Crew and creators

Director

Jiří Weiss

Second Unit Director

Ivo Novák

Assistant Director

Bohumil Kouba, Dagmar Nešlehová

Based on

Ludvík Aškenazy (Dva Gáboři – povídka)

Camera Operator

Stanislav Milota

Production Designer

Bohuslav Kulič

Set Designer

Stanislav Pavlík

Costume Designer

Fernand Vácha

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Titles Designed by

František Tichý (malíř)

Production Manager

Rudolf Fencl

Unit Production Manager

Jiří Pokorný

Consultant

František Král /pedagogický poradce/

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Srnka

Selected Music

Georges Bizet (Carmen)

Music Performed by

FISYO, Ivan Kawaciuk (sólo)

Music Conducted by

Milivoj Uzelac (FISYO)

Songs

Tancuj, tancuj, vykrúcaj, Cikánské písně, Duj, duj, duj

Singer

dětský sbor (Tancuj, tancuj, vykrúcaj), Elemir Saszy (Cikánské písně), sbor (Duj, duj, duj)

Singing Voice

Štěpánka Štěpánová (Zdena Bronislavská)

Choreographer

Boris Milec

Production info

Original Title

Můj přítel Fabián

English Title

My Friend the Gipsy

Copyright

1953

Production Year

1953

Premiere

07.01.1955

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Technical info

Versions

Czech