Prague Blues

narrative

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Pražské blues

Runtime

75 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production year

1963

Premiere

15.11.1963

Language version

Czech

Director

Georgis Skalenakis

Synopsis

Omar, a student from Africa, is about to finish his medical studies in Prague. He would like to return home, to Angola, but finally opts instead for a three-year research assistantship at a clinic in Prague. At Ruzyně airport, where he has come to say goodbye to his friend Amadu who is leaving Czechoslovakia, he notices an African girl he likes. Shortly afterwards, the two young people meet accidentally. The girl's name is Mariama and she will be studying at the Technical Faculty in Prague. Omar offers to be her guide in the new city and takes her to the International Students' Club, where he plays bass guitar in a band. Omar doesn't tell Mariama that he is staying in Prague. The girl is confident that he will go back home to help his country. Omar finishes his exams with excellent marks, but at his graduation party he is all alone. He must give some answers to his conscience and must think his decisions through. He plays his big solo on the bass, the blues. Mariama wanted to say goodbye to Omar and finds him alone at the party. They stay together until morning. They realize that even in this short time they have fallen in love with each other. Omar changes his decision. He leaves for Africa to help his people. He will also await the return of his beloved Mariama.

Note

The sculptures were made by Jindřich Wielgus.

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Cast

Amina Hasci

somálská studentka geologie Mariama

Sissoko Woandioun

angolský student medicíny Omar

Orlando da Costa

malijský student Amadu

Radovan Lukavský

profesor Bouček

Jarmila Veselá

prodavačka Dana Ouředníčková, zpěvačka

Vratislav Blažek

sochař Pepi Kobliha

Jiří Stivín

knihovník Darek

Míša Polák

klavírista Karel

Alan Vitouš

bubeník Láďa

Emanuel Hrdina

trumpetista Ivan

Jonas Bruno

předseda studentského svazu

Karel Hlinický

profesor Polák

Gustav Hrdlička

vrátný na koleji

Stephen Kariithi

Stephen

Jan Konopásek

saxofonista Konopásek

Julie Juhanová

Rudlova nevěsta Eva

Consuela Morávková

dívka s kytarou

Fofana Ouri

Fofana

Zdeněk Pulec

trombonista

Ivan Popov

Rus

Ivan Poldauf

prorektor

Rudolf Rokl

pianista

Rudolf Dašek

kytarista

Františka Skálová

Suchomelová

Jan Arnet

Arnet

Camara Bassion

Afričan

Karel Vlach

Karel Vlach, on sám

Vladimír Dvořák

Vladimír Dvořák, on sám

Kateřina Trávnická

Kateřina Trávnická, ona sama

Božena Köhlerová

Kateřina

Idris Karim

Marokánec

Gigi Osman

Gigi

Antonín Julina

Julina

Milan Jaroš

první asistent na klinice

Ivan Křička

druhý asistent na klinice

Vladimír Linka

vedoucí bistra

Věra Váchová

sekretářka

Eva Pospíšilová

stevardka

Václav Podhorský

stevard

Dana Syslová

studentka na schodech

M. Mudruňka

kytarista

Jan Sinnreich

host na večírku

Karel Vejvoda

host na večírku

Vlastimil Čaněk

host na večírku

Jaroslava Vošmiková

host na večírku

Aja Farkačová

host na večírku

Josef Pivonka

host na večírku

H. Kormanová

host na večírku

L. Kormanová

host na večírku

O. Nosková

host na večírku

J. Fabiánová

host na večírku

Dubbing

Eva Klepáčová

hlas Dany Ouředníčkové

Václav Sloup

hlas knihovníka Darka

Otto Lackovič

hlas klavíristy Karla

Vladimír Hrubý

hlas vrátného

Jiří Šrámek

hlas prorektora

Alena Kreuzmannová

hlas světlovlasé slečny

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Pavel Horák

Assistant Director

Zdenka Pešulová, Jiřina Matiasková

Shooting Script

Georgis Skalenakis

Second Unit Photography

Karel Hejsek

Camera Operator

Jaroslav Kaiser

Production Designer

Bohuslav Kulič

Art Director

Jindřich Wielgus (plastiky)

Set Designer

Zdeněk Jeřábek, Jan Petrů

Costume Designer

Pravoslav Sovák

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Sound Designer

František Černý, Josef Vlček, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Production Manager

Miloš Bergl

Unit Production Manager

Zdeňka Černá, Lubomír Novotný

Unit Production Manager

Ctibor Jeřábek

Consultant

Miloš Sovák

Cooperation

Jitka Šulcová, Jiřina Znamenáčková, Věra Líznerová

Music

Music Composed by

Karel Velebný

Music Performed by

Orchestr Karla Vlacha, Jan Arnet, Laco Déczi, Antonín Julina, Jan Konopásek, Míša Polák, Pavol Polanský, Ivan Preis, Zdeněk Pulec, Rudolf Rokl, Pavel Staněk, Karel Vejvoda, Karel Velebný, Alan Vitouš

Music Conducted by

Karel Vlach (Orchestr Karla Vlacha)

Songs

Haló, haló, Pražské blues

Songwriter

Karel Velebný (Haló, haló), Karel Velebný (Pražské blues)

Writer of Lyrics

Jaromír Hořec (Haló, haló), Jaromír Hořec (Pražské blues)

Singer

Jarmila Veselá (Haló, haló), Jarmila Veselá (Pražské blues)

Choreographer

Sissoko Amadu

Danced by

Les Ballets Africains de Guinée

Production info

Original Title

Pražské blues

English Title

Prague Blues

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

narrative

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production Year

1963

Premiere

15.11.1963

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Šmída – Fikar, Ladislav Fikar, Bohumil Šmída

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

75 min

Versions

Czech