Twelve with an Idea

narrative

Typology

feature

Czech title

Dvanáct

Runtime

101

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1964

Production year

1964

Premiere

30.10.1964

Language version

Czech

Director

Eva Sadková

Screenplay

Pavel Kohout, Eva Sadková

Synopsis

After graduating from the Theatre Academy, ten young actors, director Slávek and repertoire advisor Věra make an unusual decision and collectively join a local theatre. They even put all their salaries into a communal fund administered by Božka. Spurred by enthusiasm, they overcome their first problems. They clean and tidy up the dirty and untidy rooms that are supposed to be their cosy new lodgings. After some time Vít, the talented actor who has joined them only out of love for Tonka, accepts a film offer, and finally leaves the theatre altogether. Pepek is expelled from the group because of his serious drinking problem. Věra falls in love with the theatre's manager but, after the ambitious and flirtatious Vlasta steals his affection, she leaves the communal flat. Honza, who has no acting talent, soon begins to work more as a handyman. Luboš and Jája get married and find a flat for themselves. The group Christmas party turns out a disaster. Tonka leaves for Prague to be with Vít, the newly-weds go to their parents. Božka has a lecture somewhere and Lenka leaves to be with her parents after the drunk Jirka makes a pass at her. Božka later admits that she has not told the others about the fee she got for a recitation, and has bought herself a handbag. They expel her from the collective. Věra has a motorbike accident and dies. At her funeral, others give in their notices. Honza goes to work in a factory. Božka, who has been taken on again, is now left with only five young people, more experienced and stronger, and together they move to another theatre.

Cast

Marie Drahokoupilová

herečka Lenka

Karel Hábl

herec Luboš

Jana Rendlová

herečka Jája

Iva Janžurová

herečka Božka Jonášová

Jiří Havel

herec Jirka

Miluše Dreiseitlová

herečka Vlasta

Václav Mareš

herec Vít Král

Jiřina Barášová

herečka Tonka

Miroslav Nohýnek

režisér Slávek

Michael Junášek

herec Honza

Jana Smrčková

dramaturgyně Věra

R. Čížek

hudebník

R. Froněk

hudebník

B. Horák

hudebník

R. Havránek

hudebník

F. Kočí

hudebník

Crew and creators

Director

Eva Sadková

Second Unit Director

Vladimír Zelenka

Assistant Director

Viktor Karásek, Dagmar Zelenková

Based on

Pavel Kohout (Dvanáct – divadelní hra)

Shooting Script

Eva Sadková

Second Unit Photography

Oldřich Hubáček

Camera Operator

Rudolf Holan

Production Designer

Leoš Karen

Set Designer

Jiří Drégr, Karel Kracík, Ladislav Winkelhöfer

Costume Designer

Karel Postřehovský

Sound Designer

Blažej Bernard, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Production Manager

Zdeněk Oves

Unit Production Manager

Jiří Beránek, Otakar Jiříček

Unit Production Manager

Jaroslav Vágner

Cooperation

Eva Lichtensteinová, Marie Koubková, Ota Pšenička, Leopold Zeman

Music

Music Composed by

Ladislav Simon

Selected Music

Bedřich Smetana (Prodaná nevěsta /sbor Pivečko, věru, je nebeský dar/ – opera)

Songs

O zítřejší den se nestaráme, Kamarádi, My tři králové jdeme k vám, To všechno odnes' čas, Budujeme /Teď když máme, co jsme chtěli/

Songwriter

Ladislav Simon (O zítřejší den se nestaráme), Miroslav Juchelka (Kamarádi) (instrumentace), Jiří Šlitr (To všechno odnes' čas), Václav Dobiáš (Budujeme /Teď když máme, co jsme chtěli/)

Writer of Lyrics

Pavel Kohout (O zítřejší den se nestaráme), Jiří Suchý (To všechno odnes' čas), František Halas (Budujeme /Teď když máme, co jsme chtěli/)

Singer

sbor (O zítřejší den se nestaráme), Karel Hábl (Kamarádi), Miroslav Nohýnek (My tři králové jdeme k vám), Michael Junášek (My tři králové jdeme k vám), sbor (To všechno odnes' čas), sbor (Budujeme /Teď když máme, co jsme chtěli/), Jiří Havel (My tři králové jdeme k vám)

Production info

Original Title

Dvanáct

English Title

Twelve with an Idea

Copyright

1964

Production Year

1964

Premiere

30.10.1964

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Novotný – Kubala, Bedřich Kubala, Ladislav Novotný

Technical info

Versions

Czech