My Friend the Gipsy

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1953

Production year

1953

Premiere

7 January 1955

Runtime

99 min

Director

Jiří Weiss

Category

film

Genre

drama, psychological

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Můj přítel Fabián

Czech title

Můj přítel Fabián

English title

My Friend the Gipsy

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

Zdena Bronislavská

Singing Voice Štěpánka Štěpánová
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)

Director of Photography

Ferdinand Pečenka

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

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 (Music Conducted by Milivoj Uzelac), Ivan Kawaciuk /sólo/

Choreographer

Boris Milec

Songs

Tancuj, tancuj, vykrúcaj

Singer dětský sbor

Cikánské písně

Singer Elemir Saszy

Duj, duj, duj

Singer sbor

Cikánský pláč

Production info

Original Title

Můj přítel Fabián

Czech Title

Můj přítel Fabián

English Title

My Friend the Gipsy

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama, psychological

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1953

Production Year

1953

Production specifications

start of filming 20 March 1953
the first film copy approved 29 December 1953
projection approval 28 January 1954

Premiere

premiere 7 January 1955 /suitable for youths/ (kina Pasáž /5 týdnů/, Revoluce /1 týden/, Kyjev /1 týden od 14. 1./, Oko /1 týden od 28. 1./ a Vzlet /1 týden od 4. 2./, Praha)

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Barrandov

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

99 min

Original length in metres

2 811 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

colour

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech