The House of Joy

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1965

Production year

1964

Runtime

22 min

Director

Evald Schorm

Category

povídka

Genre

short-story

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionshort

Original title

Dům radosti

Czech title

Dům radosti

English title

The House of Joy

Synopsis

Two insurance agents visit a house inhabited by a very old lady and her son, whose occupation is to process the skins of domestic animals, but his love and mission is to paint naivist pictures. The peculiar painter claims that the arts are embedded within him like within a goat. One animal of that kind, half-skinned, is just hanging in the corridor. The whole house, from the outside as well as from the inside, is covered almost to the last spot by pictures rendered in sharp colours, the subjects of which the artist finds in his dreams. One of the agents struggles hard to insure the painter, grinding out his formulas, while the other forgets about his mission, enthusiastically looking at the pictures and flooding the painter with questions. The painter's old mother bans any insurance and even tears up the questionnaires. She recalls the only work that was sold - a Christ rendered in sheet metal situated at the crossroad of two roads. The stunned drivers, however, caused so many car crashes that the many-coloured saint had to be removed. The unsuccessful agents leave and the painter and his mother climb up to the scaffolding to go on with their work - covering the remaining free space with their paintings.

Cast

Václav Žák

syn malíř

Ivan Vyskočil

agent pojišťovny

Antonín Pokorný

agent pojišťovny

Crew and creators

Director

Evald Schorm

Second Unit Director

Květa Ondráková

Assistant Director

Zdenka Petřková

Script Supervisor

Zdenka Karlovská

Based on

Bohumil Hrabal (Bambini di Praga – povídka ze sbírky Pábitelé)

Shooting Script

Evald Schorm

Script Editor

Václav Nývlt

Director of Photography

Jaroslav Kučera

Second Unit Photography

Miroslav Ondříček

Camera Operator

Jiří Štíbr, Vladimír Zajíc

Production Designer

Oldřich Bosák

Assistent Production Designer

Bohumil Nový

Set Designer

František Zajíček, Jan Vrňata, Viktor Fixl

Costume Designer

Marta Bártová

Make-Up Artist

František Novotný

Assistant Film Editor

Eva Horázná, Jitka Šulcová

Sound Designer

Blažej Bernard

Assistant Sound Designer

Václav Kliegel

Production Manager

František Sandr

Unit Production Manager

Ludmila Tikovská, Luděk Marold, Věra Winkelhöferová

Unit Production Manager

Karel Kovář

Cooperation

Růžena Nováková (klapka)

Music

Music Composed by

Jan Klusák

Songs

Stavěli tesaři zedníkům lešení

Songwriter lidová píseň
Writer of Lyrics lidová píseň
Singer Václav Žák

Production info

Original Title

Dům radosti

Czech Title

Dům radosti

English Title

The House of Joy

Category

povídka

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

short-story

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1965

Production Year

1964

Studio

bez ateliérů

Technical info

Duration typology

short film

Duration in minutes

22 min

Original length in metres

621 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

colour, black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech