Mother-in-Law

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production year

1963

Premiere

27 December 1963

Runtime

27 min

Category

film

Genre

satire

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionshort

Original title

Tchyně

Czech title

Tchyně

English title

Mother-in-Law

Synopsis

Widow Večeřová and her neighbour in the little house next to her, Veselá, try to out-do each other with tales of the success, both real and made-up, of their adult children, who often come to visit them. Vláďa Večeřa, physician, is forced by his mother's emotional blackmail to borrow a car every weekend from his neighbour Kadlec and bring over many things, mostly coming from a hire company. Jituška Veselá, for a change, has a groom with a Volha car. Vláďa's wife Vlasta, and postman Veselý find the whole situation immensely detestable, but the two women will not stop. Their weird game ends only on the weekend when Kadlec comes to pick up his car and uncompromisingly leaves in it. Moreover, although Jituška's groom has a Volha, he is just an elderly and not too handsome man and has chosen his fiancée mainly as a mother for his four sons unprovided for.

Cast

Ivo Palec

lékař Vláďa, syn Večeřové

Gabriela Vránová

Vlasta, Vláďova žena

Olga Scheinpflugová

sousedka Veselá

Josef Beyvl

listonoš, manžel Veselé

Míla Myslíková

Jituška, dcera Veselých

Josef Chvalina

František, Jituščin nápadník

Vladimír Menšík

soused Vašek Kadlec

Marcela Martínková

Mařenka, Kadlecova žena

Božena Obrová

Irenka, sousedova žena

Sláva Mann

soused

Gabriela Bártlová-Buddeusová

žena s gumovými hračkami

Zdeněk Týle

hlídač parkoviště

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Václav Berdych

Assistant Director

Zdenka Karlovská

Shooting Script

Jaroslav Mach

Director of Photography

Josef Hanuš

Second Unit Photography

Ladislav Chroust

Camera Operator

Pavel Nečesal

Production Designer

Vladimír Labský

Set Designer

Jiří Kalina, Josef Pavlík

Costume Designer

Fernand Vácha

Sound Designer

Emil Poledník, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Production Manager

František Sandr

Unit Production Manager

Jaroslav Vokurka, Věra Winkelhöferová

Music

Music Composed by

Štěpán Lucký

Songs

Potkal potkan potkana

Songwriter Jiří Šlitr
Writer of Lyrics Jiří Suchý
Singer Jiří SuchýKarel Štědrý

Malé kotě

Songwriter Jiří Šlitr
Writer of Lyrics Jiří Suchý
Singer Jiří Suchý

Production info

Original Title

Tchyně

Czech Title

Tchyně

English Title

Mother-in-Law

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

satire

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production Year

1963

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 16 March 1963
technical Screenplay approved 26 April 1963
start of filming 27 May 1963
end of filming 17 July 1963
projection approval 15 October 1963

Premiere

preview 13 December 1963 (kino Sevastopol, Praha)
premiere 20 December 1963 /suitable for youths/ (kina Jalta /5 týdnů/, Dukla /1 týden/, Flora /1 týden/, Morava /1 týden/, Radost /1 týden/, Vzlet /1 týden/, Oko /1 týden od 27. 12./, Domovina /½ týdne od 31. 12./, Mír /1 týden od 3. 1. 1964/, Arbes /1 týden od 10. 1. 1964/ a Bystrica /1 týden od 17. 1. 1964/, Praha)
premiere 27 December 1963 /suitable for youths/ (celostátní)

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Barrandov

Creative Group

Tvůrčí skupina Šebor – Bor, Vladimír Bor (vedoucí dramaturg tvůrčí skupiny), Jiří Šebor (vedoucí výroby tvůrčí skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

short film

Duration in minutes

27 min

Original length in metres

766 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech