A Local Romance

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1957

Production year

1957

Premiere

9 May 1958

Runtime

98 min

Category

film

Genre

narrative

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Žižkovská romance

Czech title

Žižkovská romance

English title

A Local Romance

Working title

Sbohem, smutku!

Synopsis

The plasterer Mirek Helebrandt and the post-office car driver Helena Dobiášová meet over a minor car crash. Mirek is after Helena a lot, however, the girl's behaviour is restrained. She hides from him that she is a single mother with a little son, who is sometimes cared for by her uncle. Also the young waitress Jana falls in love with Mirek. Helena is invited for lunch at Mirek's parents. Before that, Mirek visits her for the first time in her appartment. When Helena explains that the boy in the photograph is her son, Mirek is taken by surprise and rejects her explanation that she was too young when she delivered the child. In the evening, Mirek gets drunk at a dancing party. After all the guests leave, Jana reveals to him her feelings. In that instance the young man realizes that Helena used to be equally confused and as much in love as Jana today. He goes back to Helena who was even considering leaving her son at her uncle's for ever. The son, little Petřík, returns home. Seeing a strange man in the appartment, he turns away and runs off. Helena runs out to the street to catch him and Mirek joins her.

Cast

Renata Olárová

řidička Helena Dobiášová

Jiří Vala

fasádník Mirek Helebrandt

Hanuš Bor

Petřík, Helenin syn

Jana Brejchová

servírka Jana

Eduard Cupák

fasádník Cína

Stanislav Neumann

fasádník děda Vališ

František Kreuzmann

číšník Helebrandt, Mirkův otec

Valentina Thielová

Helenina sousedka Kalousová

Milada Smolíková

prodavačka Helebrandtová, Mirkova matka

Jiří Dohnal

veterinář MVDr. Tachezy

Václav Poláček

strýc Tylínek

František Miroslav Doubrava

Sláva Luňáček, Mirkův kamarád

Václav Lohniský

garážmistr Rudolf Poláček

Ema Skálová

Věra, Poláčkova žena

Eva Svobodová

Jarošová, Helenina sousedka

Ludmila Roubíková

Jonášová, Helenina sousedka

Vlasta Janečková

pošťačka Hanka

Antonín Novotný

řidič Karel Freit

Václav Všelicha

hluchý soused Robert Jaroš

Růžena Lysenková

Helenina sousedka Stárková

Eva Jiroušková

Eva, manželka Slávy Luňáčka

Svatopluk Skládal

sázející fanda fotbalu

Oleg Reif

Standa z garáží

Josef Skrčený

železničář

Ladislav Krečmer

příslušník SNB na úřadě

Jan Čuřík

otec Niké

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Georgis Skalenakis

Assistant Director

Lenka Němečková, Vladimíra Čečetková

Screenstory

Vladimír Kalina

Shooting Script

Zbyněk Brynych

Script Editor

Václav Nývlt

Director of Photography

Jan Čuřík

Production Designer

Bohuslav Kulič

Assistent Production Designer

Věra Líznerová

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Sound Designer

Stanislav Vondraš

Production Manager

Antonín Bedřich

Unit Production Manager

Jaroslav Vlk

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Sternwald

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by František Belfín), Orchestr Karla Krautgartnera (Music Conducted by Karel Krautgartner)

Songs

Sbohem, smutku

Songwriter Jiří Sternwald
Writer of Lyrics Pavel Kohout
Singer Jiří Vala

Production info

Original Title

Žižkovská romance

Czech Title

Žižkovská romance

English Title

A Local Romance

Working Title

Sbohem, smutku!

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

narrative

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1957

Production Year

1957

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 24 April 1957
technical Screenplay approved 22 June 1957
start of filming 30 August 1957
end of filming 10 November 1957
projection approval 25 March 1958

Premiere

preview 2 May 1958 (kino Sevastopol /1 týden/, Praha)
premiere 9 May 1958 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Moskva /4 týdny/, Flora /1 týden/, Aero /1 týden/, Kyjev /1 týden od 16. 5./ a Oko /1 týden od 30. 5./, Praha)

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Hostivař

Creative Group

Tvůrčí skupina Šmída – Kunc, František Břetislav Kunc (vedoucí dramaturg tvůrčí skupiny), Bohumil Šmída (vedoucí výroby tvůrčí skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

98 min

Original length in metres

2 777 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 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