Pushchik Goes to Prague

children

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Puščik jede do Prahy

Runtime

86 min

Country

Czechoslovakia, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

Copyright

1965

Production year

1964

Premiere

05.11.1965

Language version

Czech

Director

Lev Golub

Summary

Soviet director Lev Golub was involved in two Czech coproductions – humorous children’s story Puščik jede do Prahy (Pushchik Goes to Prague, 1965) and the wartime drama Borisek malý seržant (Little Boris, a Sergeant, 1975). The eponymous hero of the first film is a bear cub, which a Belorussian boy Jura promised to give to a Czech girl named Zdena at the international “Pioneers” (scouting) camp Artěk. Together with his friend Michas, Jura goes to the forest to find a suitable baby bear, which after various incidents ends up in Prague. Equally important of course is the search for a former partisan who fought the Nazis alongside the father of Michas … The screenwriters of the film – they included the Czech Jiří Plachetka – represent the friendship between the children as a natural continuation of the good relations between the Soviets and Czechs that began during the war. Making her debut in the role of an air hostess is Hana Brejchová, Forman’s “blonde” in Lásky jedné plavovlásky (Loves of a Blonde, 1965).

Synopsis

In a young socialist pioneers' camp Artek there are children from all over the world. Yura, a boy from Belarus, promises the Czech girl Zdena to catch her a bear cub in the virgin forest close to his home village, and send it to Prague for her. After they all return home, Zdena stubbornly reminds him of his promise. Yura gets many postcards from Prague with bears on them, painted by children whom the girl has proudly told about the promised gift. Yura's friend Mikhas agrees to help the boy with the hunt but they need time. They write Zdena a letter asking her to look for Jan, a former partisan living in Prague. Jan was in the same unit with Mikhas' father, major Vykhodko, and has lost an eye in battle. While the children ring up thousands of people in Prague named Jan, Mikhas and Yura secretly go to the forest. The journey is difficult but they finally find a little bear. The furious mother bear is looking for her cub, however, and so the boys run away from her and get lost. Back in Prague, the children have failed to trace Jan despite all their efforts. In the meantime, in Belarus, soldiers find the missing boys. A helicopter crew find the bear cub in the river where it has been swept by a stream. They name it Pushchik and bring it to Prague. Among the many people who greet it at the airport, there is an older man with a patch on one eye. This is the Jan they have been looking for. Mikhas and Yura, who have arrived in Prague together with Pushchik, can deliver him greetings and a knife, a keepsake from major Vykhodko.

Note

According to the production record, two-thirds of the film were shot in Belarusfilm production (USSR) and one-third in Prague, in Czechoslovak production.

Cast

Andrej Filatov

Jura Gromovič

Vladimir Semjonov

Michas, Jurův kamarád

Kateřina Trávníčková

Zdena Fialková

Alexandr Děgťar

major Michail V.Vychoďko, Michasův otec

Valentina Ušakova

Irina Fjodorovna, Jurova matka

Zoja Fedorova

teta Fjokla

Rudolf Deyl ml.

Jan Odvážný

Vladimir Dorofejev

Prochor Ivanovič

Josef Beyvl

zelinář František Holátko

Zdeněk Dítě

vedoucí pošty Jan Poláček

Vladimír Menšík

hodinář Jan Poštulka

Helena Bendová

úřednice

Dimitrij Rafalský

příslušník VB

Antonín Soukup

host v restauraci

Jan Hrušínský

Zdenin spolužák

Hana Brejchová

letuška

Mirenka Zichová

Alenka

Václav Podhorský

rybář

Helena Kačenová

Dubbing

Bohumil Švarc

hlas Michasova otce

Antonie Hegerliková

hlas Jurovy matky

Jiřina Petrovická

hlas tety Fjokly

Crew and creators

Director

Lev Golub

Second Unit Director

Lada Vacková

Assistant Director

Valerij Rubinčik, Eliška Štíbrová, Lilian Havlíčková

Screenstory

Jiří Plachetka

Shooting Script

Jiří Plachetka, Jurij J. Jakovlev

Script Editor

G. Gubarevič

Second Unit Photography

Jurij Cvetkov

Camera Operator

Bohumil Vodička

Production Designer

Jurij Bulyčev, Jan Pacák

Set Designer

Miloslav Dvořák, Petr Škorpil, Jan Drvota

Make-Up Artist

V. Antypov, František Novotný, Jana Pospíšilová

Titles Designed by

Miloš Nesvadba

Production Manager

Simeon Tulman, Josef Beran

Unit Production Manager

Jiří Holeček, Josef Císař

Unit Production Manager

Věra Venzarová

Cooperation

N. Kuzněcova (cvičitelka), A. Červinka (cvičitel), Jaroslava Vejvodová, Eva Horázná

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Srnka

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Songs

Sluníčko

Songwriter

Jiří Šlitr (Sluníčko)

Writer of Lyrics

Jiří Suchý (Sluníčko)

Singer

Kateřina Trávníčková (Sluníčko)

Production info

Original Title

Puščik jede do Prahy

English Title

Pushchik Goes to Prague

Parallel Title

Puščik jedět v Pragu

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

children

Origin country

Czechoslovakia, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

Copyright

1965

Production Year

1964

Premiere

05.11.1965

Creative Group

Švabík – Procházka, Jan Procházka, Erich Švabík

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

86 min

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

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

1965
Zlín / Czechoslovakia