Where the Devil Cannot Get

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1959

Production year

1958—1959

Runtime

81 min

Category

film

Genre

comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Kam čert nemůže

Czech title

Kam čert nemůže

English title

Where the Devil Cannot Get

Working title

Mefistofela / Černá kočka přes cestu

Synopsis

The study of Dr František Průcha, who bears the nickname Faust, is located in Faust's House, now converted into a hospital. Dr Průcha is worn out from overwork, thus he does not even notice the interest he is generating among the women around him. One of them unexpectedly appears at one of his lectures. In her red dress she looks like Mephistopheles dressed as a woman and Faust privately calls her Mephistopheles. After he returns home, under strange circumstances, he finds her in his room and he begins to think he is suffering from hallucinations. He confides in the psychiatrist Vágner about his fears when the latter comes to visit him. Vágner gives him some medicine and recommends that he take a break in the country. After the psychiatrist's departure the girl leaves her hiding-place and again appears before Faust. Faust is in high spirits after taking some of the medicine and eagerly leaves with her for the country. There the girl arranges a private night-time tour of the local castle for him. Faust tries to run away from her; he wants to go home but he has no money. He goes off to the local farming cooperative office to look for help but his distinctive behaviour generates fear among the staff. They lock him in the cellar and inform Dr Vágner. After the latter's arrival they find the cellar empty; someone has written on the wall: "The devil has taken Faust". Faust and Mephistopheles head for Prague. The mystery is explained. It turns out that the girl is the daughter of the castle custodian and a guide working for Čedok travel agency. She had wanted to prove to Faust, in an original way, that life is not just science. Out of gratitude Faust makes a marriage pact with her at the town hall.

Cast

Miroslav Horníček

MUDr. František Průcha zvaný Faust

Jana Hlaváčová

průvodkyně Čedoku Mefistofela

Jiří Sovák

předseda JZD Pepa Hátl

Vlastimil Brodský

kastelán František Borovička, otec Mefistofely

Rudolf Hrušínský

psychiatr MUDr. Vágner

Jarmila Smejkalová

MUDr. Špačková, Faustova kolegyně

František Miška

MUDr. Strnad, Faustův kolega

Bohumil Bezouška

muž s renaultem

Nina Popelíková

zdravotní sestra Běla

Věra Budilová

zdravotní sestra Marta

Darja Hajská

družstevnice ve slepičárně

Josef Bulík

přednosta stanice

Ivan Helcl

přihlížející družstevník

Otto Hradecký

Dubbing Josef Beyvl
řidič autobusu Venca

Václav Švec

družstevník Vojta

Vítězslav Černý

smějící se muž

Josef Příhoda

muž se svíčkou na přednášce

Crew and creators

Shooting Script

Zdeněk Podskalský

Director of Photography

Jiří Šafář

Camera Operator

Miroslav Sinkule

Production Designer

Boris Moravec

Set Designer

Dvořák Josef (výprava), Ladislav Rada, Stanislav Pavlík

Costume Designer

Lída Novotná

Make-Up Artist

Karel Marek

Film Editor

Zdeněk Stehlík

Sound Designer

Milan R. Novotný, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Special Effects

Vladimír Dvořák, Jiří Rumler, Miloš Šauer

Production Manager

Josef Ouzký

Unit Production Manager

Růžena Hulínská, Václav Cajthaml

Music

Music Composed by

Zdeněk Liška

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by František Belfín),

Production info

Original Title

Kam čert nemůže

Czech Title

Kam čert nemůže

English Title

Where the Devil Cannot Get

Working Title

Mefistofela / Černá kočka přes cestu

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1959

Production Year

1958—1959

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 14 May 1958
technical Screenplay approved 5 August 1958
start of filming 4 September 1958
end of filming 2 September 1959
projection approval 8 January 1960

Premiere

preview 9 March 1960 (kino Sokolovo, Praha /v rámci přehlídky filmů z II. festivalu českých a slovenských filmů Plzeň/)
preview 10 March 1960 (kino Dukla, Praha /v rámci přehlídky filmů z II. festivalu českých a slovenských filmů Plzeň/)
preview 25 March 1960 (kino Sevastopol /1 týden/, Praha)
premiere 1 April 1960 /suitable for youths/ (kina Lucerna /5 týdnů/, Svornost /1 týden/, Flora /1 týden od 8. 4./, Oko /1 týden od 15. 4./, Pilotů /1 týden od 22. 4./, Vzlet /1 týden od 22. 4./ a Odboj /1 týden od 29. 4./, Praha)

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Barrandov

Creative Group

Tvůrčí skupina Brož – Ptáček, Miloš Brož (vedoucí dramaturg tvůrčí skupiny), Jaromír Ptáček (vedoucí dramaturg tvůrčí skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

81 min

Original length in metres

2 311 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 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

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 2. festival českých a slovenských filmů Plzeň

1960
Plzeň / Czechoslovakia