Three Golden Hairs of Grandpa Know-All

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production year

1962—1963

Premiere

22 November 1963

Runtime

68 min

Category

film

Genre

fairytale

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Tři zlaté vlasy děda Vševěda

Czech title

Tři zlaté vlasy děda Vševěda

English title

Three Golden Hairs of Grandpa Know-All

Synopsis

The king eagerly awaits the birth of his first offspring. Everything has been prepared and the king sets off on a hunt in the forest. During the hunt, he loses his way and has to find shelter for the night in a poor charcoal-burner's hut. That night, a son is born to the charcoal-burner and the weird sisters assign the king's daughter his wife. The king secretly overhears the lot and upon his return to the chateau orders a valet to get hold of the little boy and drown him - but the valet instead sends the baby in a basket down the stream. The child is fished out from water by a fisherman who gives him the name Floater [Plaváček] and brings him up to be a handsome young man. During an accidental visit to the fisherman's hut, the king finds out that Floater is the charcoal-burner's son. To get rid of the young man, he sends him to go to the Sun - Grandpa Know-All - and bring back three of his golden hairs. Floater fulfils the task and moreover en route performs three good deeds: he helps to revive the stream of life-water, saves an apple tree bearing miraculous fruit, and advices a ferryman how to get rid of a spell which forces him to transport pilgrims over a lake. The king is unpleasantly surprised by Floater's return, but upon learning about the life-water and the miraculous apples, mounts a horse and sets off in Floater's track. However, the ferryman, transporting him over the lake and advised by Floater, tosses him an oar and the king has to remain on the lake instead of him. Floater becomes the king and soon, the cabinet-maker brings a cradle to the chateau.

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Cast

Commentary

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Bohumil Kouba

Assistant Director

Marie Hejzlarová

Based on

Karel Jaromír Erben (Tři zlaté vlasy děda Vševěda – pohádka)

Screenplay

Milan Pavlík

Shooting Script

Jan Valášek

Director of Photography

Ivan V. Frič

Second Unit Photography

Miroslav Sinkule

Camera Operator

Vojtěch Kuthan

Production Designer

Jan Oliva

Art Director

Ivo Houf

Set Designer

Jiří Čermák, Bedřich Čermák, František Straka

Costume Designer

Fernand Vácha

Sound Designer

Ladislav Hausdorf, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Production Manager

Eliška Nejedlá

Unit Production Manager

Jiří Zika, Vladislav Špidra

Unit Production Manager

Vít Pešina

Cooperation

Marie Koubková, Eva Lichtensteinová, Aleš Voleman, Zdeněk Hoffmann (technická spolupráce)

Music

Music Composed by

Zdeněk Liška

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by František Belfín),

Locations

bez exteriérů

Production info

Original Title

Tři zlaté vlasy děda Vševěda

Czech Title

Tři zlaté vlasy děda Vševěda

English Title

Three Golden Hairs of Grandpa Know-All

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

fairytale

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production Year

1962—1963

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 28 June 1962
technical Screenplay approved 24 October 1962
start of filming 10 December 1962
end of filming 6 May 1963
projection approval 06/1963

Premiere

premiere 22 November 1963

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Barrandov

Creative Group

Tvůrčí skupina Švabík – Procházka, Jan Procházka (vedoucí dramaturg tvůrčí skupiny), Erich Švabík (vedoucí výroby tvůrčí skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

68 min

Original length in metres

1 935 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

colour

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech