The Optimist

short-story

Typology

feature

Czech title

Optimista

Runtime

0 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1964

Production year

1964

Language version

Czech

Director

Václav Krška

Synopsis

During the harvest, the slim and bespectacled student Jirka arrives alone at the village of Vltavany instead of the impatiently expected team of five. Immediately upon getting off the bus, Jirka finds out in front of the bemused villagers that he has exchanged his luggage with somebody. The local girl Marie begins to take care of him. The square-built tractor-driver Jéna, hitherto considered Marie's official wooer, finds it hard to bear her caring for another man. He takes Jirka as a helper to his reaper-binder and begins to torture him in all possible ways. But he keeps running into the boy's optimism and his will not to give in. The tension of the love triangle escalates and Marie, despite Jirka's declaration of love, returns to Jéna. When the harvest festival is celebrated in the local pub, the two young men begin to fight and Jirka, shattered, is left lying on the hill outside the village. The next day, Jéna does not find him in his room and gets scared. He wakes up the villagers and they all set off to find the youth. To Jéna's relief, Jirka is found waiting at the bus stop - the student's working party is over and everybody makes a friendly farewell to him.

Cast

Pavel Holeček

traktorista Hrabák zvaný Jéna

Ivan Vyskočil

student Jirka

Eva Šolcová

Jiřina

Alexandr Postler

družstevník Véna

Josef Vajnar

Jarda Kodys

Igor Mařan

Fanouš

Emil Kadeřávek

předseda JZD

František Kovářík

děda Hovorka

Miroslav Müller

děda Kubín

Otomar Korbelář

cestující v autobuse

Dubbing

Jana Drbohlavová

hlas Marie

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Josef Krameš

Assistant Director

Eva Kubesová

Screenstory

Antonín Máša

Screenplay

Antonín Máša

Shooting Script

Václav Krška

Second Unit Photography

Emil Sirotek

Camera Operator

František Kučera

Production Designer

Oldřich Okáč

Costume Designer

Jindřiška Hirschová

Film Editor

Jan Kohout

Sound Designer

Emil Poledník

Production Manager

Josef Císař

Unit Production Manager

Miloš Rudolf, Olga Mimrová

Cooperation

Jaroslav Brabenec, Josef Janoušek, Jarmila Müllerová, J. Mikolášová

Music

Music Composed by

Jarmil Burghauser

Selected Music

Ronald Binge (Alžbětinská serenáda)

Music Performed by

FISYO

Songs

Já jsem zamilovaná, Já jsem to dítě šumařovo

Songwriter

Jaromír Vomáčka (Já jsem zamilovaná)

Writer of Lyrics

Zdeněk Borovec (Já jsem zamilovaná)

Singer

Eva Šolcová (Já jsem zamilovaná), František Kovářík (Já jsem to dítě šumařovo)

Production info

Original Title

Optimista

English Title

The Optimist

Category

povídka

Typology

feature

Genre

short-story

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1964

Production Year

1964

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Technical info

Versions

Czech