Little Bobeš

children, narrative

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Malý Bobeš

Runtime

75 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1961

Production year

1961

Premiere

09.02.1962

Language version

Czech

Director

Jan Valášek

Summary

Based on a novel by Josef Věromír Pleva first published in 1931, and which remained popular for many decades (it was still required reading at Czechoslovak schools in the 1970s). The book and 1961 film tell the story of a six-year-old boy, living in pre-WWII Czechoslovakia. His ideal childhood is disturbed by tough socio-economic circumstances. Directed by the experienced Jan Valášek, the film sees Josef Janouš (nicknamed Bobeš) living out a carefree existence in his home village. But a shadow falls over the happy family when the father is injured during his forestry work. The Janouš family is forced to move to the city, where they hope to establish a new, better life. These experiences were afterwards conveyed via a sequel film released one year later, also directed by Valášek. In Malý Bobeš ve městě (Little Bobeš in Town, 1962) young Jirka Lukeš reprises his role alongside parents Dana Medřická and Radovan Lukavský.

Synopsis

Six-year old Bobeš Janouš lives in a village with his parents and grandparents. The family is poor, but there is a nice atmosphere and good cheer in their little house for they love each other. The curious Bobeš learns a lot about both nature and people on his expeditions. He likes the village magistrate's little daughter Boženka and would like to play with her. But the magistrate's wife does not approve of their friendship. Bobeš has also big troubles with the wanton sons of old Bezručka - the boys are wild and even steal. Their father does not have a job and the family lives in deep poverty. Thanks to Bobeš's endeavours, Libra the magistrate saves the Janouš family's flatulent cow but solely to test his new instrument - a trocar. When Bobeš's father is seriously wounded by a falling log while working in the forest, Libra refuses to lend his horse to bring medical help. The family is helped by Bezručka, who alone runs to the town and comes back with a doctor in time. After the injury, the father cannot work in the forest any more, but the magistrate does not want to give him an easier job. Bobeš saves Boženka's life when she is pushed into the pond by the conceited Vašík from the gamekeeper's lodge. Libra rewards Bobeš with a silver coin, but the Janouš's refuse to accept the mean pittance and return the money. Poverty forces the family to sell their little house and move to the town, where the father will hopefully find a job. Boženka sadly waves goodbye to Bobeš as he leaves with his parents, heading towards a new life.

Cast

Jiří Lukeš

Josef Janouš, zvaný Bobeš

Jana Zatloukalová

Boženka Librová

Tomáš Hádl

Honzík, Bobšův kamarád

Josef Kraus (dítě)

Tonda

Miroslav Kolařík

Franta

Petr Zelenohorský

Vašík

Kamila Neubauerová

Manča

Jiřina Rozkošná

Terka

Dana Medřická

Bobešova matka

Radovan Lukavský

Bobešův otec

Mária Sýkorová

Bobešova babička

Stanislav Neumann

Bobešův dědeček

Gustav Nezval

rychtář Libra, Boženčin otec

Nina Popelíková

Librová, Boženčina matka

Eman Fiala

řezbář Heršl

Jaroslav Moučka

podruh Bezručka

Libuše Pešková

Bezručkova žena

František Šlégr

Vencl, obchodník s dobytkem

Jan Cmíral

soused

Ota Sklenčka

lékař

Jana Rubášová

Fanka, služka u rychtářů

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Hynek Bočan

Assistant Director

Ondrej Očenáš, Zdenka Pešulová

Based on

J. V. Pleva (Malý Bobeš – kniha)

Shooting Script

Jan Valášek

Second Unit Photography

Josef Pávek

Camera Operator

Bohumil Paris

Production Designer

Boris Moravec

Art Director

Ivo Houf

Set Designer

Jiří Drégr, Bedřich Čermák, František Straka

Costume Designer

Fernand Vácha

Sound Designer

Roman Hloch, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Production Manager

Eliška Nejedlá

Unit Production Manager

Josef Pitrák, Vladislav Špidra

Unit Production Manager

Mojmír Ticháček

Consultant

František Tenčík, Bohuslav Pleva

Cooperation

Jana Těžká, Diana Heringová, Bohumil Dudař

Music

Music Composed by

Emil Ludvík

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Malý Bobeš

English Title

Little Bobeš

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

children, narrative

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1961

Production Year

1961

Premiere

09.02.1962

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Hanuš – Procházka, Ladislav Hanuš, Jan Procházka

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

75 min

Versions

Czech