An Unusual Class

comedy, narrative

Typology

feature

Czech title

Neobyčejná třída

Runtime

88

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1964

Production year

1964

Premiere

30.04.1965

Language version

Czech

Director

Josef Pinkava

Screenplay

Milan Šimek, Josef Pinkava

Summary

Among the numerous movies made for children and young adults by Josef Pinkava in the 1960s was this 1964 comedy about an all-girl graduating class. The girls are in constant conflict with Křivka, their unfair teacher of Czech. Things escalate during a winter school trip to the Giant Mountains (Krkonoše), but they fare much better with the grumpy foreman in the engineering plant where they go for practical training. Graduation brings an end to the girls’ joys and woes. Real life awaits… As a light comedy this motion picture presents an idealised picture of student life in the contemporary era: the girls show a moral conscience in dropping their efforts at proving their teacher’s guilt, and pledge not to cheat during examinations. The film, starring Helga Čočková and Evelyna Steimarová as students, cannot compare to titles dealing with the same topics that were made during the Czechoslovak New Wave, such as Věra Chytilová’s short documentary Pytel blech (A Bag of Fleas, 1962) or Miloš Forman’s Černý Petr (Black Peter, 1963).

Synopsis

The last grade of the twelve-year secondary school is attended only by girls. At school, they have turned famous for the mischief they get into but their class-teacher Kotková likes them and watches both their joys and distresses with understanding. The girls' production training takes place in a vast machine-tool factory, where they sometimes have conflicts with the leading master, whom they nickname Grouch [Bručoun]. At school, the girls suspect the Czech language teacher Křivka of unjust marking. One day, a competition for the best class in school results is announced; the winners are going to go for a trip to the Giant Mountains. Eventually both the school-leaving classes go. In the mountains, the girls enjoy their winter revel until Křivka bans them from attending a carnival. Four students refuse to obey his ban. At the carnival, Křivka asks Drahuše, who's wearing a Gypsy mask, to dance and the girl, under the pretext of reading his palm, tells him about all his bad qualities. The offended Křivka fails to disguising her identity. After the students return from the mountains, time runs fast. The girls reconcile with Grouch, talk about love, pretend to have astonishing boyfriends and prepare for graduation. They also try to convict Křivka of injustice, but Drahuše eventually switches off the tape recorder, which was to deliver the needed proof. With the graduation, the jolly years are over and the girls, moved, say farewell both to the Grouch and Professor Kotková.

Cast

Helga Čočková

studentka Drahuše Chvojková

Natálie Maslovová

předsedkyně třídy Pavlína Janečková

Evelyna Steimarová

studentka Katka

Karel Urbánek

profesor češtiny Křivka

Vladimír Hlavatý

mistr v továrně Brouček zvaný Bručoun

Zora Rozsypalová

třídní profesorka Kotková

Halina Píchová

Miriam, studentka s drdolem

Daniela Pokorná

Maruš Dostálová, rozjedená studentka

Libuše Rafajová

brýlatá Marcela zvaná Markétka

Jarmila Rázlová

Jiřina, studentka z III. A

Helena Říhová

studentka Barbora, fotografka

Táňa Stará

studentka Zuzana

Eva Vodičková

vzorná studentka Andělka

Alexandra Gasnárková

studentka Štěpánka Havlíková

Marie Čtvrtníčková

studentka

Běla Hájková

studentka

Anna Hýbnerová

studentka

Anna Kašová

studentka

Lída Milevská

studentka

Karel Meister

ředitel školy zvaný Sokrates

Svatopluk Matyáš

profesor matematiky Houdek

Josef Zach

Kouřil

Alois Müller

Bedřich Havlík, otec Štěpánky

Milena Asmanová

Havlíkova žena

Josef Haukvic

Chvojka, otec Drahuše

Jitka Rákosníková

Chvojkova žena

Zdeněk Blažek

učitel Angličanů

Miloš Jahoda

Ivo Brandejs

Radim Cvrček

mladý dělník

Jaroslav Těšitel

student III. A

Jan Odl

student III. A

Jiří Havel

Katčin přítel

Ladislav Frej

stavař Tomáš Štrojsa

Eva Pilarová

ona sama

Gustav Brom

on sám

Orchestr Gustava Broma

orchestr na maturitním plese

Commentary

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Marta Novotná, Radim Cvrček

Based on

Danielle Dušková (Neobyčejná třída – novela)

Script Editor

Jiří Blažek

Camera Operator

Emil Bártek, Rudolf Červenka

Production Designer

Jaroslav Krška

Set Designer

František Santarius, Vilém Janík

Costumes

K. Rusková

Sound Designer

František Strangmüller, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Production Manager

Zdeněk Stibor

Unit Production Manager

Vojtěch Kunčík

Unit Production Manager

Věra Hábová

Music

Music Composed by

Evžen Illín

Music Performed by

FISYO, Orchestr Gustava Broma, Rytmická skupina Miroslava Kefurta

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO), Gustav Brom (Orchestr Gustava Broma)

Songs

Svět je karneval, Dobře, že tě lásko mám, Včera neděle byla, Oliver Twist, Jednoduchá píseň na dvou tónech, Amare, Já jsem zamilovaná

Songwriter

Evžen Illín (Svět je karneval), Evžen Illín (Dobře, že tě lásko mám), Jiří Šlitr (Včera neděle byla), Karel Mareš (Oliver Twist), Jaromír Vomáčka (Já jsem zamilovaná)

Writer of Lyrics

Zdeněk Borovec (Svět je karneval), Zdeněk Borovec (Dobře, že tě lásko mám), Jiří Suchý (Včera neděle byla), Rostislav Černý (Oliver Twist), Zdeněk Borovec (Já jsem zamilovaná)

Singer

Eva Pilarová (Svět je karneval), Waldemar Matuška (Svět je karneval), Eva Pilarová (Dobře, že tě lásko mám), dívčí sbor (Včera neděle byla), Eva Pilarová (Oliver Twist), Waldemar Matuška (Oliver Twist), Gustav Brom (Jednoduchá píseň na dvou tónech), Jaromír Hnilička (Jednoduchá píseň na dvou tónech), Helena Blehárová (Amare), Yvetta Simonová (Já jsem zamilovaná)

Production info

Original Title

Neobyčejná třída

English Title

An Unusual Class

Copyright

1964

Production Year

1964

Premiere

30.04.1965

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Exhibition: 5. celostátní přehlídka československých filmů pro děti a mládež Gottwaldov

1966
Zlín / Czechoslovakia
Josef Pinkava

Vítěz

Festival: 1. mezinárodní festival filmů pro děti a mládež Gottwaldov

1965
Zlín / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 1. mezinárodní festival filmů pro děti a mládež Gottwaldov

1965
Zlín / Czechoslovakia