Twelve with an Idea

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1964

Production year

1963—1964

Premiere

30 October 1964

Runtime

101 min

Director

Eva Sadková

Category

film

Genre

narrative

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Dvanáct

Czech title

Dvanáct

English title

Twelve with an Idea

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

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

Script Supervisor

Dagmar Zelenková

Based on

Pavel Kohout (Dvanáct – divadelní hra)

Shooting Script

Eva Sadková

Director of Photography

František Valert

Second Unit Photography

Oldřich Hubáček

Camera Operator

Rudolf Holan

Production Designer

Leoš Karen

Assistent Production Designer

Leopold Zeman

Set Designer

Jiří Drégr, Karel Kracík, Ladislav Winkelhöfer

Costume Designer

Karel Postřehovský

Assistant Film Editor

Eva Lichtensteinová

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

Marie Koubková (klapka), Ota Pšenička

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

Songwriter Ladislav Simon
Writer of Lyrics Pavel Kohout
Singer sbor

Kamarádi

Songwriter Miroslav Juchelka /instrumentace/
Singer Karel Hábl

My tři králové jdeme k vám

Singer Miroslav NohýnekMichael JunášekJiří Havel

To všechno odnes' čas

Songwriter Jiří Šlitr
Writer of Lyrics Jiří Suchý
Singer sbor

Budujeme /Teď když máme, co jsme chtěli/

Songwriter Václav Dobiáš
Writer of Lyrics František Halas
Singer sbor

Production info

Original Title

Dvanáct

Czech Title

Dvanáct

English Title

Twelve with an Idea

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

narrative

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1964

Production Year

1963—1964

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 18 April 1963
technical Screenplay approved 29 June 1963
start of filming 6 July 1963
end of filming 13 January 1964
projection approval 25 March 1964

Premiere

premiere 30 October 1964 /suitable for youths/ (celostátní)
premiere 27 November 1964 /suitable for youths/ (kino Lucerna /1 týden/, Praha)

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Hostivař

Creative Group

Tvůrčí skupina Novotný – Kubala, Bedřich Kubala (vedoucí dramaturg tvůrčí skupiny), Ladislav Novotný (vedoucí výroby tvůrčí skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

101 min

Original length in metres

2 878 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