A Castle for little Barbara

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1962

Production year

1962

Premiere

18 January 1963

Runtime

75 min

Category

film

Genre

comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Zámek pro Barborku

Czech title

Zámek pro Barborku

English title

A Castle for little Barbara

Synopsis

Locksmith Vašek Bejšovec and his older brother Josef have moved to their own new apartment. The curious tenants of the house are interested in the occupation of the two men. Vašek, dressed elegantly, meets Blani in a wine-cellar and he did not talk out hers conviction that he is a pilot. By coincidence, Blani has a friend named Vlasta living in the same house as the two brothers. All the neighbours thus soon know what an excellent occupation Vašek has. The handsome young man does not lack the attention of girls; only his neighbour, nurse Barborka, does not respond to his wooing. His lying soon creates a lot of problems for Vašek. Neighbours ask him to bring over various luxury goods from abroad, and Vašek, unable to confess to his fake situation, tries to get it all from around Prague at great financial cost. In the course of time, Barborka is mollified and Vašek falls in true love for the first time. The girl asks him to give a lecture on flying for her little patients in a hospital. Vašek makes a false excuse, telling her he has to fly to Baghdad, and, in the meantime, stays with his friend, studying various manuals. He misses Barborka, and secretly goes to the places where they met on dates. On Prague's Kampa Island, he finds Barborka's forgotten sweater. After Vašek's "return," a house meeting takes place. The young man publicly confesses his true occupation, but no one believes him. Neighbour Aleš, however, saw him in his workshop and confirms everything. Barborka is angry at the mendacious Vašek. But he convinces her about his love and sorrow by showing her the sweater of hers he had found.

Cast

Petr Kostka

zámečník Vašek Bejšovec

Zuzana Stivínová

zdravotní sestra Barborka Zikmundo

Rudolf Deyl ml.

řidič ČSAD Josef, Vaškův bratr

Karla Chadimová

Blani Sládečková

Marcela Martínková

studentka Jitka, Barborčina sestra

Pavla Maršálková

správcová Nováková

Milena Dvorská

Vlasta, dcera Novákové

Eduard Dubský

soused Pavel Fejfar

Sonja Sázavská

Pavlína, Fejfarova žena

Josef Vinklář

Karel Poustka, Vaškův známý

Eman Fiala

soused Aleš, zahradník

Ela Šilarová

Alešova žena

Zdeněk Braunschläger

zámečník Olda

Miloš Hlavica

zámečník Antonín Majda

Jiří Havel

zámečník Rudla

Josef Hlinomaz

krejčí Prokop Malina

Miroslav Homola

vrchní ve vinárně

Bohuš Hradil

soused Kulich

Ilja Prachař

montér Vodička

Zuzana Dubská

Růženka

Věra Váchová

telefonistka

Blažena Slavíčková

prodavačka v bazaru

Hanuš Bor

dětský pacient

Aida Glosová

dívka

Rudolf Dašek

hudebník

Miroslav Krýsl

hudebník

Ivan Preis

hudebník

Zdeněk Pulec

hudebník

M. Horský

hudebník

Jindřich Poledňa

montér

František Vandas

muž v telefonní budce

Stanislav Ježek

letec

Karel Škorpík

příslušník VB

Sláva Mann

vedoucí

V. Nechyba

stěhovák

V. Urbánek

letec

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Pavel Horák

Assistant Director

Marie Hejzlarová, Miloslav Čech

Based on

Drahoslav Makovička (Zámek pro Barborku – televizní hra)

Shooting Script

Stanislav Strnad

Director of Photography

Josef Střecha

Second Unit Photography

Jiří Šámal

Camera Operator

Bohumil Rath

Production Designer

Karel Škvor

Set Designer

Jiří Cvrček, Ivan Ernyei, Jan Vrňata

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Sound Designer

František Fabián, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Production Manager

Věra Kadlecová

Unit Production Manager

Václav Havlík, Karel Škorpík

Unit Production Manager

Miroslav Dousek

Music

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by Štěpán Koníček), Orchestr Karla Vlacha

Songs

To všechno odnes' čas

Songwriter Jiří Šlitr
Writer of Lyrics Jiří Suchý
Singer Petr Kostka

Production info

Original Title

Zámek pro Barborku

Czech Title

Zámek pro Barborku

English Title

A Castle for little Barbara

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1962

Production Year

1962

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 16 August 1961
technical Screenplay approved 2 March 1962
start of filming 29 March 1962
end of filming 20 July 1962
projection approval 2 October 1962

Premiere

premiere 18 January 1963

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Hostivař

Creative Group

Tvůrčí skupina Novotný – Kubala, Bedřich Kubala (vedoucí dramaturg tvůrčí skupiny), Ladislav Novotný (vedoucí výroby tvůrčí skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

75 min

Original length in metres

2 139 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