Please Do Not Disturb

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1962

Production year

1962

Premiere

17 May 1963

Runtime

81 min

Director

Josef Mach

Category

film

Genre

comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Prosím nebudit

Czech title

Prosím nebudit

English title

Please Do Not Disturb

Working title

Prosím, nebudit

Synopsis

Twenty-year old Helena is a salesgirl at a florist's and is dating Pepík Cajthaml. The girl is unhappy with her "ordinary" existence and often escapes into a fantasy world of her own. On Saturday morning, she can't bear to part with her dream of being a cosmonaut. On her way to work, she meets the elegant Sylaba, her neighbour who is an assistant at the Law Faculty. He offers to take her for an afternoon trip to the river Berounka in his car. In her imagination, Helena can immediately see herself at his side on the beach. A moment later she is a famous singer with platinum blond hair. She is late for work again but manager Sirůček forgives her and offers her a ride on his motorbike. Helena daydreams again, envisaging herself next to her balding superior as a perfect housewife and mother of quadruplets. Pepík waits for her after work with tickets for a football match. The couple's visit to the stadium ends with a quarrel. Helena gets into Sylaba's car and goes off with him to the country. At the cottage, they meet Sylaba's girlfriend and Helena quickly sobers up from her dreams. She returns to Prague on her own. She misses Pepík. Pepík knows his girlfriend well and when he calls her from the phone booth outside her house, Helena runs out and falls into his arms.

Note

The film´s action is shot in black-and-white; Helena´s dreams are in colour and occur against a suggested background setting.

Cast

Jana Hlaváčová

prodavačka Helena Nováková

Jozef Adamovič

Dubbing Karel Richter
Pepík Cajthaml, Helenčin chlapec

Vladimír Brabec

asistent právnické fakulty Jiří Sybala

Lubomír Lipský

vedoucí květinářství Karel Sirůček

Milena Dvorská

Věra, Sylabova přítelkyně

Božena Obrová

Zdena Pínová, Helenina kolegyně

Jaroslav Vojta

řidič nákladního auta

Petr Mach

Vojta Vališ

Gustav Nezval

Petr Parléř

Ivo Niederle

příslušník SNB

Jiří Valenta

tajemník ředitelky ve snu

Jan Pixa

on sám, Jan Pixa

Arnošt Faltýnek

železničář

Anna Jírová

dívka na loďce

Věra Křesadlová

dívka na loďce

Helena Dubová

dívka na loďce

Zdeněk Skalický

divák na fotbalu

Josef Příhoda

divák na fotbalu

Josef Steigl

divák na fotbalu

Rudolf Princ

divák na fotbalu

Magdalena Rachlíková

dívka v brýlích

Jiří Janoušek

mladík

Miloslav Janovský

lékař

Eva Schoberová

Jarmila

Bedřich Ulrych

příslušník SNB

J. Nekudová

nevěsta

T. Mackowski

fotbalista

J. Dočkal

fotbalista

J. Hildebrand

fotbalista

Josef Vojta

fotbalista

Jan Lála

fotbalista

Crew and creators

Director

Josef Mach

Second Unit Director

Tomáš Kulík

Assistant Director

Mojmír Ticháček, Lilian Havlíčková

Shooting Script

Josef Mach

Director of Photography

Jan Roth

Second Unit Photography

Bohumil Hába, Miloš Petrolín

Camera Operator

Jiří Macák, Miroslav Mašek

Production Designer

Jaroslav Krška

Assistent Production Designer

Jiří Kotlář

Art Director

Vladimír Dvořák

Set Designer

Jiří Haller, Ladislav Rada, Ivan Síbrt

Costume Designer

Libuše Hozová

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Assistant Film Editor

Jitka Šulcová

Sound Designer

Jiří Pavlík, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Special Effects

Vladimír Dvořák, Jan Roth, Ludvík Malý

Production Manager

František Sandr

Unit Production Manager

Jaroslav Vokurka, Věra Winkelhöferová

Unit Production Manager

Vlasta Rubášová

Cooperation

Vladimíra Kopecká (klapka), Bohumil Hába (fotograf)

Music

Music Composed by

Ludvík Podéšť

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by František Belfín)

Songs

Má láska je jed

Songwriter Ludvík Podéšť
Writer of Lyrics Vratislav Blažek
Singer Jana Hlaváčová

Kočka a myš

Songwriter Ludvík Podéšť
Writer of Lyrics Vratislav Blažek
Singer Jana Hlaváčová

Mám malý stan

Songwriter Bedřich Nikodem
Writer of Lyrics Zdeněk Borovec
Singer Karel ŠtědrýWaldemar Matuška

Koupím si kánoe

Singer Gustav BromJarmila Veselá

S láskou je kříž

Songwriter Ludvík Podéšť
Writer of Lyrics Vratislav Blažek
Singer Jana Hlaváčová

Production info

Original Title

Prosím nebudit

Czech Title

Prosím nebudit

English Title

Please Do Not Disturb

Working Title

Prosím, nebudit

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1962

Production Year

1962

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 4 October 1961
technical Screenplay approved 21 June 1962
start of filming 13 July 1962
end of filming 29 October 1962
projection approval 28 December 1962

Premiere

premiere 17 May 1963 /suitable for youths/ (celostátní)
premiere 31 May 1963 /suitable for youths/ (kina Lucerna /3 týdny/, Flora /1 týden od 7. 6./ a Radost /1 týden od 14. 6./, Praha)

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Barrandov

Creative Group

Tvůrčí skupina Šmída – Fikar, Ladislav Fikar (vedoucí dramaturg tvůrčí skupiny), Bohumil Šmída (vedoucí výroby tvůrčí skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

81 min

Original length in metres

2 307 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

colour, black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech