The Crime at the Girl’s School

short-story

Typology

feature

Czech title

Zločin v dívčí škole

Runtime

0 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1965

Production year

1965

Premiere

18.02.1966

Language version

Czech

Director

Jiří Menzel

Synopsis

At the request of the headmistress, Borůvka's adolescent daughter Zuzanka invites her father the criminologist to the girls' school where she is studying. The headmistress is scrupulously concerned with the reputation of her school and asks Borůvka to privately investigate the theft of fifteen hundred crowns from the physics cabinet. It seems there was a fight in the room - Borůvka discovers bloody footprints on the floor and also a torn-off lady's stocking-suspender. It turns out that the feared professor of math, Kotě, has disappeared. He did not arrive at Pardubice to visit his sick sister, where he was called for by a telegram found in the cabinet. To the great surprise of the staff of professors, questioning reveals much from the secret lives of the female students. Six of them founded a club for destroying Kotě and, by sending anonymous letters and planting lingerie on him, they discredited the Professor to his jealous wife. The alibis of some of the girls are supported by their lovers and one of the students even has twins she delivered during the summer holidays. Kotě, who confused two trains and left in the opposite direction by mistake, eventually appears at school, healthy and alive, even with the reportedly stolen money. Borůvka, too, has a big surprise - his Zuzanka has a secret affair with young Professor Lavecký and has to marry him. - Borůvka wakes up from his dream and is glad that nothing of it was true. However, at that moment Zuzanka comes to see him, asking him to come to school at the request of the headmistress.

Note

The short story How a Woman Bathes, first published in a magazine, came out later in book form under the title Scientific Method in the collection The Sadness of Lieutenant Borůvka in the Smaragd edition of the Mladá fronta publishing house.

Cast

Lubomír Lipský

poručík Borůvka

Pavla Maršálková

ředitelka školy

Jiří Kodet

profesor chemie Pavel Lavecký

Vladimír Huber

profesor matematiky Lumír Kotě

Jiřina Štěpničková

manželka profesora Kotěte

Hana Horáčková

Zuzanka, Borůvkova dcera

Věra Křesadlová

studentka Vladimíra Celbová

Jitka Bendová

studentka Květa Herodesová

Zuzana Princová

studentka Irena Lomikarová

Taťána Fischerová

studentka Helena Jidášová

Vlasta Kahovcová

studentka Babinská

Alexandra Tachezyová

studentka Jana Koniášová

Natálie Maslovová

studentka Chocholoušová

Ferdinand Krůta

školník Neděla

Luisa Kollingerová

profesorka

Alois Vachek

profesor češtiny

Ladislav Smoček

profesor přírodopisu

Václav Wasserman

profesor angličtiny

Jarmila Bechyňová

profesorka tělocviku

Vladimír Hrabánek

mladík v texaskách, přítel Koniášové

Eva Trejtnarová

žákyně

Matěj Forman

synek Babinské

Petr Forman

synek Babinské

Zuzana Řepová

dívka

Květa Hanušová

dívka

Zuzana Opršalová

Kouřimská

Miroslav Kühn

Irenin nápadník

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Václav Matějka

Assistant Director

Lilian Havlíčková

Based on

Josef Škvorecký (Zločin v dívčí škole – povídka)

Shooting Script

Jiří Menzel

Second Unit Photography

Josef Pechar

Camera Operator

Rudolf Milič ml.

Production Designer

Oldřich Bosák

Sound Designer

Jaromír Svoboda

Production Manager

Rudolf Hájek

Unit Production Manager

Jaroslav Vlk, František Jaderník, František Štěpánek

Unit Production Manager

Antonín Kubový

Consultant

mjr. Jaroslav Šturma, mjr. Miloš Vlasák

Cooperation

Jana Štroblová (2), Eva Horázná, Bohumil Nový

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Šust

Songs

Píseň beze slov, Tam kam chodí vítr spát

Songwriter

Ivan Kotrč (Tam kam chodí vítr spát)

Writer of Lyrics

Zbyněk Vavřín (Tam kam chodí vítr spát)

Singer

Eva Pilarová (Píseň beze slov), Karel Gott (Tam kam chodí vítr spát)

Production info

Original Title

Zločin v dívčí škole

English Title

The Crime at the Girl’s School

Category

povídka

Typology

feature

Genre

short-story

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1965

Production Year

1965

Premiere

18.02.1966

Technical info

Versions

Czech