Tarzan's Death

slapstick, tragicomedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Tarzanova smrt

Runtime

68

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1962

Production year

1962

Premiere

01.02.1963

Language version

Czech

Director

Jaroslav Balík

Screenplay

Josef Nesvadba, Jaroslav Balík

Synopsis

The sensational celebrity of Circus Europe is Tarzan - half-monkey and half-human. One of the circus visitors, anthropologist Forejt, is intensely interested in the weird creature. He meets a young attractive woman named Regina Smithová, who introduces herself as Tarzan's fiancé. Tarzan, however, is in fact German Baron Wolfgang von Hoppe, whose father left for Africa with his wife and a very little Wolfgang in 1904. Soon afterwards, the news about their death arrived. The vast family property is now managed by nephew Heinrich. After thirty years, Wolfgang was discovered as a wild forest savage living with apes. He was recognized and taken back to Europe. The English Regina was hired as his governess, supposedly to civilize him. Heinrich, afraid to lose the inheritance, offers Regina a rich reward if the education fails. The woman, however, has plans of her own and, in several months, Wolfgang turns into a refined gentleman. Regina has managed to convince the naive savage that all-encompassing love reigns among people. Wolfgang has no idea that oil was found on his estates in Africa. He is alarmed by the cruel fight that breaks out between the English, headed by Regina, and Heindrich's German soldiers, and finds out that it is worse to live among people than in the jungle. He runs away and seeks sanctuary in the circus. When Regina discovers him there, Tarzan realizes that she, too, is worse than the jungle animals, and, in despair, commits suicide.

Note

Tarzan´s Death was distributed along with the film Idiot from Xeenemünde.

Cast

Rudolf Hrušínský

baron Wolfgang von Hoppe zvaný Tarzan

Jana Štěpánková

guvernantka Regina Smithová

Martin Růžek

Heinrich von Hoppe, Wolfgangův bratranec

Vlastimil Hašek

antropolog docent Forejt

Slávka Budínová

ředitelka cirkusu Evropa

Ilja Racek

komorník

Miroslav Homola

důstojník SA

Nina Popelíková

dáma, členka komise

Elena Hálková

baronesa, členka komise

Karel Peyr

Reginin šéf

Ela Poznerová

dáma, členka komise

Rudolf Pellar

vědec, člen komise

Josef Beyvl

vyvolávač na pouti

Zdena Hadrbolcová

německá nevěsta

Josef Hlinomaz

kominík

Viktor Maurer

farář

Hana Talpová

Eva v pouťovém představení

Mirko Musil

prodavač tureckého medu

Jaroslav Moučka

příslušník SA

Jindřich Narenta

úředník

Ivo Gübel

člen komise

Jan Bedřich

hudebník

Jan Bouška

hudebník

J. Dolejší

hudebník

O. Parkán

hudebník

J. Plecháček

hudebník

Jiří Schulz

pochop

Ferdinand Šafránek

pochop

Alena Karešová

krotitelka

Jiří Knop

kapelník

Oldřich Mandík

příslušník SA

Gustav Jankovský

příslušník SA

Václav Havelka

Angličan

M. Haak

Angličan

M. Herčíková

uvaděčka

A. Hantig

kluk-klaun

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Tomáš Svoboda

Assistant Director

Dagmar Nováková, Marie Kaplanová

Based on

Josef Nesvadba (Tarzanova smrt – povídka ze sbírky Tarzanova smrt)

Shooting Script

Jaroslav Balík

Second Unit Photography

Ladislav Chroust

Camera Operator

Michal Kulič

Production Designer

Bohuslav Kulič

Set Designer

Ivo Černý, Vladimír Mácha, Jiří Široký

Costume Designer

Theodor Pištěk ml.

Sound Designer

Miloslav Hůrka

Production Manager

Ladislav Kalaš

Unit Production Manager

Adolf Široký, Josef Mathauser

Unit Production Manager

Luděk Marold

Cooperation

Angelika Hanauerová, Věra Líznerová, Marta Kaplerová, Štěpánka Stříbrná

Music

Music Composed by

Evžen Illín

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO), Karel Krautgartner (Orchestr Karla Krautgartnera)

Songs

Někomu stačí

Songwriter

Evžen Illín (Někomu stačí)

Writer of Lyrics

Pavel Kopta (Někomu stačí)

Singer

Jan Tříska (Někomu stačí)

Production info

Original Title

Tarzanova smrt

English Title

Tarzan's Death

Working Title

Džungle

Copyright

1962

Production Year

1962

Premiere

01.02.1963

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Novotný – Kubala, Bedřich Kubala, Ladislav Novotný

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 5. festival českých a slovenských filmů Ústí nad Labem

1963
Ústí nad Labem / Czechoslovakia