Ceeling

narrative

Typology

feature

Czech title

Strop

Runtime

41

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1961

Production year

1961

Premiere

15.03.1963

Language version

Czech

Director

Věra Chytilová

Screenplay

Věra Chytilová

Screenstory

Pavel Juráček, Věra Chytilová

Summary

A medium-length 1962 student graduation film made during Věra Chytilová’s time studying film directing at Prague’s FAMU academy. It sees Chytilová return to the familiar world of modelling, having herself briefly worked in this profession. The protagonist of the story is Marta, who works as a mannequin and appears to be contented. But a chance meeting with a former medical student colleague – Marta having dropped out of the course – exposes a figurative “ceiling” which boxes in the young woman’s comfortable and successful existence. To a certain extent, the character of Marta mirrors the reality of the woman portraying her – non-actress Marta Kaňkovská. But the story is chiefly a fictional one, and its primary focus is Chytilová’s favourite theme, namely emancipation. For many of the female characters in Chytilová’s films battle, often in vain, to extricate themselves from an existential stereotype. This documentary-style film also features a number of future celebrities of the Czechoslovak New Wave film scene, including fellow FAMU students Jiří Menzel and Miloš Forman. Strop was released along with Chytilová’s 1962 film Pytel blech (A Bag of Fleas) under the joint title of U stropu je pytel blech (There’s a Bag of Fleas by the Ceiling).

Synopsis

The life of the charming model Marta is one of unchanging routine. During the day fittings of dresses and costumes, preparation for the fashion show and in the evening presentation of new creations. Later in the evening a meeting with her boyfriend Julián in the Olympia Grill Bar and a night spent together. One day Marta meets her old schoolmate Honza in the street. Honza thinks that Marta is studying medicine in Prague. He introduces her to his friends Pepa and Jarda and they lunch together in the university refectory. After meeting students the same age as herself Marta realizes how meaningless her life is. A quarrel at night with the superficial Julián speeds up her decision and before morning she leaves the sleeping man. A journey through Prague at night takes her at dawn to a field of waving corn. Now Marta is sure that she can begin again. She is young and has her whole life in front of her.

Cast

Marta Kaňovská

manekýna Marta

Julián Chytil

Julián, Martin přítel

Jaroslav Satoranský

student Honza

Josef Abrhám

student Pepa

Ladislav Mrkvička

student Jarda

Jiří Menzel

student se stravenkou

Bob Adjali

zahraniční student

Beyene Afework

zahraniční student

Ludmila Píchová

zákaznice v kadeřnictví

Soňa Neumannová

starší žena

Helga Čočková

tančící dívka v baru

Miloš Forman

tančící muž v baru

Věra Uzelacová

žena u baru

Jiří Brdečka

muž u baru

Waldemar Matuška

Waldemar Matuška, on sám na ulici

Ríša Vonšovský

Ilonka Sedláčková

Karel Jiroušek

Jiří Cejnek

Olga Podskalská

Alina Baranowská

Jiří Schulz

Božena Balíková

Růžena Poláková

Dubbing

Jiří Holý

hlas Juliána

Eva Klepáčová

hlas zákaznice v kadeřnictví

Miloš Kopecký

hlas muže v baru

Vlastimil Brodský

hlas Hajaji v rozhlasu

Jiří Sovák

hlas glosující fotografování

Jiří Zahajský

hlas studenta

Helga Čočková

hlas manekýny

Věra Chytilová

hlas manekýny

Crew and creators

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Production Manager

Jan Černý

Unit Production Manager

Karel Kopš, Milana Melcerová

Pedagogical management

Otakar Vávra (režie), Václav Hanuš (kamera), Bohumil Šmída (produkce)

Music

Music Composed by

Jan Klusák

Music Performed by

Jiří Šlitr

Songs

Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuss auf Liebe eingestellt, Chlupatý kaktus, Kočka na okně, I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Ach, ta láska nebeská, Narcis

Songwriter

Friedrich Holländer (Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuss auf Liebe eingestellt), E. F. Burian (Chlupatý kaktus), Jiří Šlitr (Kočka na okně), Jiří Šlitr (Ach, ta láska nebeská), Ethelbert Woodbridge Nevin (Narcis)

Writer of Lyrics

Friedrich Holländer (Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuss auf Liebe eingestellt), Josef Gruss (Chlupatý kaktus), Jiří Suchý (Kočka na okně), Jiří Suchý (Ach, ta láska nebeská)

Singer

mužský hlas (Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuss auf Liebe eingestellt), Josef Abrhám [dab] (Chlupatý kaktus), Jiří Šlitr (Chlupatý kaktus), Waldemar Matuška (Kočka na okně), Harry Richmond (I Can't Give You Anything But Love), Waldemar Matuška (Ach, ta láska nebeská), Eva Pilarová (Ach, ta láska nebeská)

Production info

Original Title

Strop

English Title

Ceeling

Working Title

Taková hezká holka

Copyright

1961

Production Year

1961

Premiere

15.03.1963

Production

Studio FAMU

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Exhibition: 9. západoněmecké dny krátkého filmu Oberhausen

1963
Oberhausen / Federal Republic of Germany

Vítěz

Festival: Studentský filmový festival „Cinestudio 1963“ Amsterdam

1963
Amsterdam / the Netherlands

Vítěz

Festival: 7. mezinárodní filmový festival Londýn

1963
Londýn / Great Britain

Vítěz

Festival: 5. mezinárodní festival dokumentárních a experimentálních filmů Montevideo

1962
Montevideo / Uruguay

Vítěz

Festival: 4. festival českých a slovenských filmů Košice

1962
Košice / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 8. světový festival mládeže a studentstva Helsinki

1962
Helsinki / Finland