The House of Joy

short-story

Typology

feature

Czech title

Dům radosti

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1965

Production year

1965

Language version

Czech

Director

Evald Schorm

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

malíř

dr. Ivan Vyskočil

agent pojišťovny

Antonín Pokorný

agent pojišťovny

Crew and creators

Director

Evald Schorm

Second Unit Director

Květa Ondráková

Assistant Director

Zdenka Petřková, Zdenka Karlovská

Based on

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

Shooting Script

Evald Schorm

Script Editor

Václav Nývlt

Second Unit Photography

Miroslav Ondříček

Camera Operator

Vladimír Zajíc

Production Designer

Oldřich Okáč

Costume Designer

Marta Bártová

Make-Up Artist

František Novotný

Sound Designer

Blažej Bernard

Production Manager

František Sandr

Unit Production Manager

Ludmila Tikovská, Luděk Marold, Věra Winkelhöferová

Cooperation

Růžena Nováková, Jitka Šulcová, Eva Horázná, Bohumil Nový

Music

Music Composed by

Jan Klusák

Songs

Stavěli tesaři zedníkům lešení

Songwriter

lidová píseň (Stavěli tesaři zedníkům lešení)

Writer of Lyrics

lidová píseň (Stavěli tesaři zedníkům lešení)

Singer

Václav Žák (Stavěli tesaři zedníkům lešení)

Production info

Original Title

Dům radosti

English Title

The House of Joy

Copyright

1965

Production Year

1965

Technical info

Versions

Czech