A Tailor's Tale

short-story

Typology

feature

Czech title

Krejčovská povídka

Runtime

39

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1953

Production year

1953

Premiere

18.06.1954

Language version

Czech

Director

Jindřich Puš

Screenplay

Jan Poš

Screenstory

Jan Poš

Synopsis

The widowed tailor Houska spends his days reminiscing about his wife and son who died during the Prague uprising in the 1945 year. Houska is now retired and he has even sold his sewing machine. He is still full of energy, however, and sitting on a bench gossiping with the other pensioners is not enough for him. Thus he joins the Moděva tailors' association. The young staff quickly grow fond of the humble and friendly Houska. The disagreeable and arrogant head Martinec gives the old tailoring master subordinate work to do. When the cutter Nejtek falls ill, Martinec is left without someone to cut the suits, since he himself is unable to do it, thus Houska is given the task. A group of young people decide to move across to newly opened workshops in Ostrava and they appoint Houska as their master. Houska is afraid to abandon his flat full of memories, and he refuses the offer. After some time he comes across a girl who lays down flowers near his son's memorial. He sees that his son's memorial will be well looked after and he decides to leave. At the Ostrava station he is enthusiastically welcomed by the young people from the factory - his new family.

Note

Jindřich Puš made this film as his graduation work for the VGIK (All-Union State Institute of Cinematography in Moscow /USSR/).

Cast

Jaroslav Průcha

krejčí Václav Houska

Zdeněk Štěpánek

učitel Karel Havelka

Josef Beyvl

železničář František Černý

Josef Gruss

vedoucí dílny Jan Martinec zvaný Johnny

Miloš Nesvadba

krejčí Franta Dolejší

Josef Pehr

krejčí Jarda Mastník

Eman Fiala

krejčí Kučera

Karel Richter

krejčí Vašek Jernek

Hana Kavalírová

krejčová Marie Sklenářová

Josef Bartůněk

krejčovský dělník Vesecký

Jiřina Jirásková

krejčová Tonička Rousová

Čestmír Řanda

krejčí Slavomír Mlejnek

Jan Maška

krejčí Julek Kroupa

Jiří Sovák

střihač Nejtek

Marie Tomášová

děvče s kytičkou

Josef Příhoda

penzista na lavičce

Alois Dvorský

penzista na lavičce

Karel Kocourek

sluha Pánek

Bohuš Hradil

úředník ministerstva zahraničí

Antonín Soukup

hospodský

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Jiří Jungwirth, Eva Mičulková

Screenstory

Jan Poš

Screenplay

Jan Poš

Shooting Script

Jindřich Puš

Production Designer

Chrudoš Uher

Set Designer

František Straka

Make-Up Artist

Gustav Hrdlička

Sound Designer

Adolf Nacházel

Production Manager

Jaroslav Jílovec

Unit Production Manager

Ladislav Kalaš

Music

Music Composed by

Julius Kalaš

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Otakar Pařík (FISYO)

Songs

Muzikanti, co děláte, Konšelská /Sláva mu, on je pašák/, A já sám vždycky sám

Songwriter

lidová píseň (Muzikanti, co děláte), Jaroslav Ježek (Konšelská /Sláva mu, on je pašák/), lidová píseň (A já sám vždycky sám)

Writer of Lyrics

Jan Werich (Konšelská /Sláva mu, on je pašák/), Jiří Voskovec (Konšelská /Sláva mu, on je pašák/)

Singer

sbor (Muzikanti, co děláte), sbor (Konšelská /Sláva mu, on je pašák/), Zdeněk Štěpánek (A já sám vždycky sám)

Production info

Original Title

Krejčovská povídka

English Title

A Tailor's Tale

Copyright

1953

Production Year

1953

Premiere

18.06.1954

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Technical info

Versions

Czech