The All Souls' Day Story

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1964

Production year

1964

Premiere

18 June 1965

Runtime

95 min

Category

film

Genre

comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Příběh dušičkový

Second title

Čili kterak se paní Petronila Konopková choti svému Vavřincovi a krbu domácímu zpronevěřila

Czech title

Příběh dušičkový

English title

The All Souls' Day Story

English second title

How Mrs Petronila Konopková defrauded her husband Vavřinec, her hearth and home

Synopsis

On All Souls' Day, head official Vavřinec Konopka watches his friend and colleague auditor Koláč with more than a bit of envy as the man sits in the pub relishing his sirloin. All he has to look forward to is garlic soup and the nagging of his wicked wife. But that day in November, he is in for a surprise. No faults, and a roasted goose ready served on the table. After the meal, Konopka heads for the graveyard. When he returns, the man is greeted by another surprise. His wife has fled with a circus artiste and all their savings. She has found her husband a housekeeper before leaving. Konopka quickly gets used to the situation. The housekeeper Trpalová looks after him caringly and soon they develop a deeper bond. And when Trpalová is expecting his child, the blissful Konopka requests a divorce. But now the wife has come back, her lover having abandoned her when Konopka's money had been spent. She forces Trpalová to leave immediately and wants to take her old place. Konopka rebels and now she is the one to file for divorce and wants to destroy Konopka. Unfortunately, the letter of the law is on her side. Finally, it all ends well. Konopka meets his wife's lover at the pub. For a reward the man is prepared to testify that Konopka's wife lived with him and even that she performed in the circus. It is All Souls' Day once again and Konopka's flat resounds with the first cry of his newborn daughter.

Note

In the introductory titles the film title is followed by a sentence: "How Mrs Petronila Konopková defrauded her husband Vavřinec, her hearth and home". The film was broadcast on Czechoslovak Television and screened in cinemas.

Cast

Jan Pivec

c. a k. vrchní oficiál Vavřinec Konopka zvaný Lorenc

Jaroslav Marvan

vrchní revident Koláč

Dana Medřická

Petronila Konopková rozená Slejšková, Konopkova žena

Libuše Havelková

hospodyně Tonička Trpalová zvaná Trpalka

Josef Kemr

cirkusák Matěj Chramostejl

Jiřina Šejbalová

kartářka Anastasie Wyhnalek

Josef Gruss

vrchní rada

Stella Zázvorková

domovnice Brejchová

Alois Dvorský

zřízenec Kropáček

Zdeněk Týle

hostinský

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Jiřina Pokorná

Based on

Ignát Herrmann (Dušičkový příběh – povídka)

Director of Photography

Vladimír Opletal (hlavní kameraman), Miroslav Řezníček, Karel Holub, Kamil Kadeřábek

Production Designer

Miloš Ditrich

Set Designer

Jaroslav Ciboch, Karel Lukáš

Costume Designer

Fernand Vácha

Film Editor

Jan Kohout

Assistant Film Editor

Jarmila Müllerová

Sound Designer

Ladislav Hausdorf

Production Manager

Rudolf Wolf

Unit Production Manager

Josef Pitrák, František Jaderník

Unit Production Manager

Ferdinand Zelenka

Cooperation

Miroslav Pešan (fotograf)

Music

Music Composed by

Karel Sklenička

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by Štěpán Koníček)

Songs

Loučení, loučení

Singer Josef Kemr

Za městem v aleji prastarých lip

Singer Jan Pivec

Production info

Original Title

Příběh dušičkový

Czech Title

Příběh dušičkový

Second Title

Čili kterak se paní Petronila Konopková choti svému Vavřincovi a krbu domácímu zpronevěřila

English Title

The All Souls' Day Story

English Second Title

How Mrs Petronila Konopková defrauded her husband Vavřinec, her hearth and home

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1964

Production Year

1964

Production specifications

projection approval 1964
start of filming 17 March 1964
end of filming 31 July 1964

Premiere

non-distribution premiere 26 December 1964 (televizní uvedení ČST)
premiere 18 June 1965 /unsuitable for youths/ (celostátní)
premiere 25 June 1965 /unsuitable for youths/ (kino Paříž /2 týdny/, Praha)

Copyright Holders

Česká televize

Distribution

Ústřední půjčovna filmů (uvedení v kinech), Československá televize Praha (uvedení v televizi)

Creative Group

Skupina zakázkových filmů, Antonín Bedřich (vedoucí Skupiny zakázkových filmů)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

95 min

Original length in metres

2 695 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 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