Pretzel

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1964

Production year

1964

Premiere

25 December 1964

Runtime

27 min

Category

film

Genre

satire

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionshort

Original title

Preclík

Czech title

Preclík

English title

Pretzel

Working title

Preclík pro něho

Synopsis

Žemla, one of the five bakers at a pretzel shop, is absent again. He always gets sent on calls to welcome all kinds of delegations. The master baker still insists that the rest of the bakers should sign an agreement obliging them to increase production by twenty percent in honour of the Great Comrade's birthday. The agile baker Kožvara has the idea of baking the biggest pretzel in the world. He prepares sketches and models for the equipment needed to help them complete the difficult task. The managers give him an award for his initiative and send him to visit other firms where he lectures on How to Celebrate Appropriately. Kožvara needs someone to provide him with the right applause, bows and cheers, and takes on first baker Piontek, and then Ledecký. The last remaining baker Josef Dundr is desperate because he can no longer fulfil the plan for everyone. One day, enthusiasm for the Great Comrade evaporates and Kožvara's mission is cancelled. All the bakers are back at their workplace...

Cast

Martin Růžek

pekař Kožvara

Rudolf Deyl ml.

pekař Josef Dundr

Václav Lohniský

pekař Václav Ledecký

Vladimír Menšík

mistr Lavička

Lubomír Kostelka

pekař Žemla

Jiří Sedlmayer

mladý pekař Piontek

Josef Kozák

družstevník s kosou

Jiří Valenta

účastník školení

Oleg Reif

účastník školení

Jiří Vondrovič

účastník školení

Zdeněk Týle

účastník školení

Karel Máj

generální ředitel

Josef Příhoda

převozník

Josef Koza

horník

Blažková Jiřina (2)

Commentary

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Václav Matějka

Assistant Director

Eva Kolářová

Screenstory

Václav Jelínek

Director of Photography

Jiří Tarantík

Second Unit Photography

Miloš Petrolín

Production Designer

Karel Černý

Art Director

Vladimír Dvořák

Set Designer

Jiří Rulík

Make-Up Artist

František Novotný

Film Editor

Zdeněk Stehlík

Sound Designer

Ladislav Hausdorf

Production Manager

Ladislav Terš

Unit Production Manager

Miloš Stejskal

Music

Music Composed by

Štěpán Lucký

Music Performed by

Studijní skupina Karla Duby (Music Conducted by Karel Duba)

Production info

Original Title

Preclík

Czech Title

Preclík

English Title

Pretzel

Working Title

Preclík pro něho

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

satire

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1964

Production Year

1964

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 3 February 1964
start of filming 14 April 1964
end of filming 7 May 1964
projection approval 21 July 1964

Premiere

premiere 25 December 1964

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Tvůrčí skupina Šmída – Fikar, Ladislav Fikar (vedoucí dramaturg tvůrčí skupiny), Bohumil Šmída (vedoucí výroby tvůrčí skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

short film

Duration in minutes

27 min

Original length in metres

759 meters

Distribution carrier

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