Ceeling

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1961

Production year

1961

Premiere

15 March 1963

Runtime

41 min

Category

film

Genre

narrative

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionstudent filmmedium

Original title

Strop

Czech title

Strop

English title

Ceeling

Working title

Taková hezká holka

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.

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Cast

Marta Kaňovská

manekýna Marta

Julián Chytil

Dubbing Jiří Holý
Julián, Martin přítel

Josef Abrhám

student Pepa

Ladislav Mrkvička

student Jarda

Jiří Menzel

student se stravenkou

Bob Adjali

zahraniční student

Beyene Afework

zahraniční student

Ludmila Píchová

Dubbing Eva Klepáčová
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

on sám, zpěvák Waldemar Matuška na ulici

Ríša Vonšovský

Ilonka Sedláčková

Karel Jiroušek

Jiří Cejnek

Alina Baranowská

Jiří Schulz

Božena Balíková

Dubbing

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

Director of Photography

Jaromír Šofr

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Production Manager

Jan Černý, Jaromír Kallista (přípravné práce)

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

Songwriter Friedrich Holländer
Writer of Lyrics Friedrich Holländer
Singer mužský hlas

Chlupatý kaktus

Songwriter E. F. Burian
Writer of Lyrics Josef Gruss
Singer Josef Abrhám [dab]Jiří Šlitr

Kočka na okně

Songwriter Jiří Šlitr
Writer of Lyrics Jiří Suchý
Singer Waldemar Matuška

I Can't Give You Anything But Love

Singer Harry Richmond

Ach, ta láska nebeská

Songwriter Jiří Šlitr
Writer of Lyrics Jiří Suchý
Singer Waldemar MatuškaEva Pilarová

Narcis

Songwriter Ethelbert Woodbridge Nevin

Production info

Original Title

Strop

Czech Title

Strop

English Title

Ceeling

Working Title

Taková hezká holka

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionstudent film

Genre

narrative

Student film

graduate film

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1961

Production Year

1961

Production specifications

projection approval 10 July 1962

Premiere

premiere 15 March 1963 /suitable for youths/ (kino Praha /6 týdnů/, Praha)

Distribution slogan

Two stories about the young people of our day.

Production

Studio FAMU

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Technical info

Duration typology

medium length film

Duration in minutes

41 min

Original length in metres

1 168 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

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: Studentský filmový festival „Cinestudio 1963“ Amsterdam

1963
Amsterdam / the Netherlands

Vítěz

Festival: 7. mezinárodní filmový festival Londýn

1963
Londýn / Great Britain

Vítěz

Exhibition: 9. západoněmecké dny krátkého filmu Oberhausen

1963
Oberhausen / Federal Republic of Germany

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