How a Woman Bathes

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1965

Production year

1965

Runtime

33 min

Category

povídka

Genre

short-story

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionmedium

Original title

Jak se koupe žena

Czech title

Jak se koupe žena

English title

How a Woman Bathes

Synopsis

On the stage of the Odeon theatre, a new piece with dancers and the magical shooter Krameš is rehearsed. After the rehearsal, the solo dancer, Ester, harshly turns down her jealous lover, Italian singer Tossi. The girls are in the showers when, all of a sudden, there is a loud cry from one of them - Ester has been shot in the back of her skull. Lieutenant Borůvka arrives at the theatre. It seems that the culprit must have been in the showers, since the room does not have any windows, but neither the weapon nor the cartridge-case are found. Borůvka has to compose the possible motive of the murder out of gossip. Ester received the solo due to her reported affair with the theatre director. Tossi was jealous of her, but no one saw him entering the showers. Krameš is missing his gun. During the performance, he was shooting with blanks but his container with live cartridges is nowhere to be found. In the public baths, Borůvka realizes that women bend their heads while washing their hair. Ester was thus shot from the ventilator through which one can see to the showers from the freight elevator. The only dancer who was not taking a shower and who - as Tossi's former lover and Ester's rival on the stage - had a motive to commit the crime, is Jana Sikorská, and Borůvka therefore convicts her of the murder.

Cast

Lubomír Lipský

poručík Borůvka

František Miška

italský zpěvák Alberto Tossi

Josef Beyvl

vrátný divadla "Odeon" Zahálka

Karla Chadimová

příslušnice VB

Vilém Besser

zázračný střelec Krameš

Zdeněk Řehoř

ředitel divadla Mára

Naďa Urbánková

tanečnice Alena Pešková

Jan Přeučil

kriminalista Pavel Málek

Otto Šimánek

rekvizitář

Jan Maška

lékař

Milena Zahrynowská

tanečnice Ester Nakoncová

Dana Skálová

tanečnice Jana Sikorská

Marcela Baťková

tanečnice Žďárská

Yvonne Williamsová

tanečnice

Stanislava Martínková

tanečnice

Marta Beránková

tanečnice

Věra Vaštová

tanečnice

Noemi Doležalová

tanečnice

Dana Reimová

tanečnice

Eva Svobodová

garderobiérka

Otto Ohnesorg

inspicient

Helena Koudelková

choreografka

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Mojmír Ticháček, Zeno Dostál, Zdena Pavlátová

Based on

Josef Škvorecký (Vědecká metoda – povídka)

Director of Photography

Josef Hanuš

Second Unit Photography

Ladislav Chroust

Camera Operator

Rudolf Holan

Production Designer

Oldřich Bosák

Sound Designer

Jaromír Svoboda

Production Manager

Ladislav Hanuš

Unit Production Manager

František Štěpánek, Jaromír Lukáš

Unit Production Manager

Eva Hrubá

Music

Music Performed by

skupina Mefisto,

Production info

Original Title

Jak se koupe žena

Czech Title

Jak se koupe žena

English Title

How a Woman Bathes

Category

povídka

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

short-story

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1965

Production Year

1965

Studio

Barrandov

Technical info

Duration typology

medium length film

Duration in minutes

33 min

Original length in metres

934 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