Mrs Dulská's Morals

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1958

Production year

1957—1958

Premiere

19 September 1958

Runtime

91 min

Category

film

Genre

tragicomedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Morálka paní Dulské

Czech title

Morálka paní Dulské

English title

Mrs Dulská's Morals

Synopsis

The owner of an apartment block, Mrs Dulská, is a despotic ruler, both of her house and of her own family. Her son Zbyšek is spending too many nights on the tiles and so Mrs Dulská hires an attractive maid called Hanka Piątowska in order to try and keep her son at home more. Zbyšek starts harassing Hanka the very first day. The naive Mela, Mrs Dulská's younger daughter, thinks that her brother's feelings are returned. She decides to help nurture this secret romance. But Hanka confides her worries to Mrs Dulská and intends to hand in her notice. Mrs Dulská gives the impression that she will help the girl. The inhabitants of Mrs Dulská's house live in constant uncertainty. Her niece, Mrs Juljaševičová, has her eye on one of the flats which the owner intends to empty of its tenants. Mrs Dulská doesn't lease the flat to her. She believes that her niece is living beyond her means. Hanka succumbs to Zbyšek's advances and becomes pregnant. Mela tries to persuade her mother to consent to Zbyšek's wedding but the latter has started his late nights again. Mrs Dulská decides to drive Hanka out of the house. Zbyšek unexpectedly announces that he will marry Hanka after all. Mrs Dulská gives in and seeks advice from the hard-bitten Mrs Juljaševičová. She then promises Hanka money to leave; in the end she pays much more than she had originally intended in order to avoid a scandal. Hanka leaves, Mela is genuinely distraught at her departure. Life in the house returns to normal.

Cast

Bedřich Vrbský

Felicián, manžel Dulské

Vladimír Ráž

Zbyšek, syn Dulských

Vlasta Fabianová

Juljaševičová, neteř Dulské

Marie Tomášová

služka Hanka Piątowská

Jiřina Šejbalová

Tadrachová, Hančina kmotra

Jana Brejchová

Mela, mladší dcera Dulských

Alena Martinovská

Heša, starší dcera Dulských

František Filipovský

taneční mistr

Světla Amortová

řádová sestra

Heda Marková

andělíčkářka

Eva Šenková

dámička, sousedka Dulských z parteru

Luděk Munzar

voják Jašek

Josef Hlinomaz

strážník

Stanislava Seimlová

blond dámička ve vinárně

Luba Skořepová

služka Anna Spěváková

Ota Motyčka

řezník

Marcela Sedláčková

slečna ve vinárně

Věra Váchová

tmavovlasá dámička ve vinárně

Jaroslav Cmíral

pekařský pomocník

Vítězslav Černý

host ve vinárně

Hermína Vojtová

domovnice u Juljaševičové

Antonín Bubeník

mladík na plese

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Věra Ženíšková

Assistant Director

Milan Kadlec

Script Supervisor

Dagmar Perlová

Based on

Gabriela Zapolska (Morálka paní Dulské /Moralność pani Dulskiej/ – divadelní hra), Jaromír Doležal (Morálka paní Dulské – překlad divadelní hry)

Screenplay

Jiří Fried

Shooting Script

Jiří Krejčík

Director of Photography

Vladimír Novotný

Production Designer

Karel Škvor

Assistent Production Designer

Oldřich Okáč

Set Designer

Václav Štědronský

Costume Designer

Kamil Lhoták

Assistant Film Editor

Libuše Vaněčková

Sound Designer

Miloslav Hůrka

Assistant Sound Designer

Miloslav Hulínský

Titles Designed by

Kamil Lhoták

Production Manager

František Milič

Unit Production Manager

Věra Třešková

Unit Production Manager

Jaroslav Merunka

Cooperation

Antonín Růžička (vrchní osvětlovač), Josef Janoušek (fotograf)

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Šust

Selected Music

Jacques Offenbach (Orfeus v podsvětí), Jacques Offenbach (Hoffmannovy povídky /Barkarola, Les contes d'Hoffmann/), Johann Strauss ml. (Na krásném modrém Dunaji /An der schönen blauen Donau/)

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by František Belfín),

Choreographer

Antonín Landa

Songs

Rozpustilá Lulu

Songwriter Jiří Šust
Writer of Lyrics Vladimír Eddy Fořt
Singer Ljuba Hermanová

Hvězdo jasná, hvězdo spásná

Singer ženský sbor

Production info

Original Title

Morálka paní Dulské

Czech Title

Morálka paní Dulské

English Title

Mrs Dulská's Morals

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

tragicomedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1958

Production Year

1957—1958

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 3 August 1957
technical Screenplay approved 10 November 1957
start of filming 2 December 1957
end of filming 20 April 1958
projection approval 9 July 1958

Premiere

premiere 19 September 1958

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Hostivař

Creative Group

Tvůrčí skupina Feix – Daniel, František Daniel (vedoucí dramaturg tvůrčí skupiny), Karel Feix (vedoucí výroby tvůrčí skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

91 min

Original length in metres

2 577 meters

Distribution carrier

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

Awards

Vítěz

Event: 1. soutěž o nejlepší filmovou fotografii roku 1958

1958
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Josef Janoušek