Idiot from Xeenemünde

slapstick, satire

Typology

feature

Lenght

medium

Czech title

Blbec z Xeenemünde

Runtime

43 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1962

Production year

1962

Premiere

01.02.1963

Language version

Czech

Director

Jaroslav Balík

Synopsis

The preeminent German engineer Habicht works on a project to develop a rocket weapon. He cannot find a way to guide the rockets. Apart from that, he also has personal worries. His sixteen-year old son Bruno has almost miraculous abilities in mathematics, but otherwise is simple-minded. He makes "swallows" of his father's plans for the secret weapon but at the same time tells his father about his gross errors in his calculations. Bruno's teacher dies in her house in a mysterious explosion. Habicht substitutes her with a young man who finds out that Bruno has a small launching pad in his room and extinguishes all those he does not like. After the conflict with Bruno, it is clear to the young teacher that this time, it is his turn to die. He tells Habicht about his suspicion and spends the night at his girlfriend's place. That evening, the school is destroyed by explosion and the next morning, the teacher is arrested as the perpetrator of the assassinations. Major Schwarz believes his testimony about Bruno and tries to force Bruno to reveal the rockets' guidance system. When he fails in this and when Bruno begins to bombard both the SS headquarters and his own car, he shoots the young idiot without mercy. Soon afterwards, the Allies begin bombing the town heavily.

Note

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

Cast

Václav Sloup

Bruno Habicht

Jan Pivec

major wehrmachtu Schwarz

Rudolf Hrušínský

inženýr Hans Habicht, Brunův otec

Slávka Budínová

Hilda Habichtová, Brunova matka

Jana Štěpánková

učitelova milá

Rudolf Pellar

gestapák Karl Heinzler

Viktor Maurer

gestapák

Zdena Hadrbolcová

služebná Líza

Jan Pohan

příslušník SS

Jan Teplý

důstojník wehrmachtu

Miroslav Abrahám

strážný

Jiří Bělohoubek

gestapák

Alena Bradáčová

písařka

Josef Koza

strážný SS

Hlavsa

strážný SS

Oleg Reif

pobočník

Lubomír Tlalka

gestapák

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Tomáš Svoboda

Assistant Director

Dagmar Nováková, René Mattes

Based on

Josef Nesvadba (Blbec z Xeenemünde – povídka ze sbírky Einsteinův mozek)

Shooting Script

Jaroslav Balík

Second Unit Photography

Ladislav Chroust

Camera Operator

Jiří Pospíšil

Production Designer

Bohuslav Kulič

Set Designer

Jan Drvota, Libor Speychal, Václav Štědronský

Costume Designer

Theodor Pištěk ml.

Sound Designer

Miloslav Hůrka, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Production Manager

František Milič

Unit Production Manager

Václav Havlík, Eva Kučerová

Unit Production Manager

Eva Langerová

Cooperation

Oldřich Okáč, Štěpánka Stříbrná, Eliška Švarcová

Music

Music Composed by

Evžen Illín

Selected Music

Bernhard Flies (Ukolébavka /Schlafe, mein Prinzchen/)

Music Conducted by

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

Songs

Jednomu stačí úsměv k štěstí

Songwriter

Evžen Illín (Jednomu stačí úsměv k štěstí)

Writer of Lyrics

Pavel Kopta (Jednomu stačí úsměv k štěstí)

Singer

Jan Tříska (Jednomu stačí úsměv k štěstí)

Production info

Original Title

Blbec z Xeenemünde

English Title

Idiot from Xeenemünde

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

slapstick, satire

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1962

Production Year

1962

Premiere

01.02.1963

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Novotný – Kubala, Bedřich Kubala, Ladislav Novotný

Technical info

Lenght

medium

Runtime

43 min

Versions

Czech