School for Fathers

drama, psychological

Typology

feature

Czech title

Škola otců

Runtime

100

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1957

Production year

1957

Premiere

08.11.1957

Language version

Czech

Director

Ladislav Helge

Screenplay

Ivan Kříž, Ladislav Helge

Screenstory

Ivan Kříž

Synopsis

After a failed marriage, the teacher Pelikán arranges to be moved from Brno to a small provincial town. Pelikán's first impression of the new place is not very exciting. The young school headteacher is more interested in statistics and celebrations than real teaching. Pelikán also realizes that shortcomings of the school as well as the pupils are covered up by ideological platitudes above "class consciousness" which are misused especially by Vašík Janouch, the son of the chairman of the district National Commitee. At the same time, children don't have the necessary knowledge and Pelikán has to lower some of the qualifications. Vašík also gets bad marks. The parents show no understanding for the teacher's strictness and Janouch's wife really sets everybody against him. His young colleague Andulka Novotná is Pelikán's only supporter. Despite their parents' anger, Pelikán wins the trust of the children. Another scandal, however, takes what is left of the teacher's strength to fight against dishonesty and hypocrisy. He takes the side of little Lojzík Kotačka, whose bicycle Vašík broke, and hurries to help Lojzík's mother, who is being menaced by her common-law partner. Citizens call a meeting and ask for Pelikán's resignation. Janouch takes Pelikán's side but it is too late now as the disappointed teacher has already left.

Cast

Karel Höger

učitel Jindřich Pelikán

Blažena Holišová

učitelka Andulka Novotná

Josef Mixa

ředitel školy Karel Pohanka

Ladislav Pešek

učitel Bajtek

Vladimír Hlavatý

předseda ONV Janouch

Marie Vášová

Janouchova žena

Rudolf Hrušínský

opilec Mlčoch

Helena Kružíková

Kotačková

Josef Beyvl

učitel Burian

Jiří Valenta

Matoušek

Eliška Svobodová

Zálesáková

Jan Skopeček

učitel Arnošt Krejčík

Josef Koza

Kaláb

Petr Adámek

Lojzík Kotačka

Aleš Košnar

Vašík Janouch

Jana Chlumská

Věruška

Hana Kazdová (2)

Blaženka

Zdeněk Janík

Cyril

Antonín Ježdík

Jožka

Vlasta Chramostová

Zdenka, Pelikánova žena

Libuše Hofmanová

tanečnice na plese

Hermína Vojtová

rozčílená matka

Jiřina Bohdalová

učitelka Zálešáková

Lubomír Kostelka

host v hospodě

Ema Skálová

matka na třídní schůzce

Václav Švec

otec na třídní schůzce

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Tomáš Kulík

Screenstory

Ivan Kříž

Shooting Script

Ladislav Helge

Second Unit Photography

Josef Novotný

Camera Operator

Rudolf Jokl

Production Designer

Jaroslav Krška

Set Designer

Ladislav Winkelhöfer, František Rieger

Costume Designer

Karel Postřehovský

Production Manager

Jaroslav Prokop

Unit Production Manager

Kučera Jaroslav (výroba)

Music

Music Composed by

Gustav Křivinka

Music Performed by

FISYO, František Hanták (sólo na hoboj)

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Škola otců

English Title

School for Fathers

Copyright

1957

Production Year

1957

Premiere

08.11.1957

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Šmída – Kabelík, Vladimír Kabelík, Bohumil Šmída

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Event: Cena československé filmové kritiky za rok 1957

1958
Praha / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Event: Státní ceny za rok 1958

1958
Praha / Czechoslovakia