Loves of a Blonde

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1965

Production year

1965

Premiere

12 November 1965

Runtime

77 min

Category

film

Genre

comedy, bitter comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Lásky jedné plavovlásky

Czech title

Lásky jedné plavovlásky

English title

Loves of a Blonde

Working title

Přihořívá / Láska jako prám

Summary

Director Miloš Forman made three major contributions to the Czechoslovak New Wave – Černý Petr (Black Peter) /1963/, Lásky jedné plavovlásky (Loves of a Blonde) and the tragicomedy Hoří, má panenko (Firemen’s Ball) /1967/. With screenwriting input from tried and tested collaborators – Ivan Passer and Jaroslav Papoušek – Forman built on his own chance meeting with a girl from Varnsdorf searching for her lover at a false address in Prague. The narrative’s protagonist, young worker Andula, has a job at a big provincial shoe factory and a one night stand – the young pianist Milda Vašata – does not attempt to deceive her. Little does he expect, however, that the naive girl, whom he has already forgotten, will follow him to Prague with a large suitcase. The parents of the devil-may-care young man waste no time in passing judgement on Andula’s “impossible” idea, so, like it or not, she is forced to return to the old life she was hoping to get away from… Loves of a Blonde is a bitter tale of a fateful disillusionment, though it retains the status of comedy thanks to its refined poetics of embarrassment. An important role is played by the cliché-filled dialogues that deaden the conversations of the older generation personified by Milda’s parents – his mercilessly attentive mother and diffident father. The depiction of a disaffected world is completed by the sensitive camera work of Miroslav Ondříček and a score drawing on vacuous festive brass band music, TV theme music and national anthems. Forman’s casual take on Czechoslovak reality is unsentimental but sympathetic and he bases a poignant individual story on a real situation – the shortage of men in a small town housing 2,000 young female workers. The title role is played convincingly by the younger sister of the popular actress Jana Brejchová – Hana. The male lead is filled by Vladimír Pucholt, while the seasoned Vladimír Menšík appears as a member of group of army reservists who makes a play for Andula. Debutant non-actors Josef Šebánek and Milada Ježková were cast as Milda’s parents. Loves of a Blonde also won acknowledgement abroad, where it was markedly more successful than Forman’s other Czech pictures thanks to its palatable love plot. The New Wave gem opened the 1966 New York Film Festival and earned Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Best Foreign Language Film. In 2000 the UK film magazine Empire ranked it among the 100 greatest foreign language films ever.

Synopsis

Like all her friends from the women's hostel blonde-haired Andula longs for love. Although her Tonda has bought her a ring, he is still far from a girl's dream man. The young women work at a large industrial plant employing some two thousand women, which means that the small town of Zruč nad Sázavou where the factory is located suffers from a complete shortage of men. Even the stationing of an army unit in the town fails to bring a solution since older reservists get posted to Zruč instead of young men. At a dance party, these "oldies" try to approach the girls but the results are awkward. Andula, however, is lucky. She meets Míla, the young piano player in the band, and spends the night with him. The boy goes back to Prague and one Saturday Andula turns up in Prague as well. Míla is not at home and his parents let the strange girl in with rudely obvious misgivings, although they finally let her stay in the kitchen for the night. When Míla returns, they don't mince words in their condemnation of Andula and Míla's behaviour. Andula listens to their argument from the next room and cries quietly. Back at the hostel, however, she tells her friend Jaruška how wonderful it was is Prague and how warmly Míla's parents greeted her.

Note

The ninth part of the original negative (NO) and original sound negative (NZ) 190,7 m has survived in the National Film Archive, from which the segment of the film altered for the distribution in the USA was copied.

Cast

Vladimír Pucholt

klavírista Míla Vašata

Vladimír Menšík

záložák Vacovský

Ivan Kheil

záložák Maňas

Jiří Hrubý

záložák Burda

Milada Ježková

Mildova matka

Josef Šebánek

Mildův otec

Marie Salačová

Marie

Jana Nováková (3)

Jana

Jarka Crkalová

Jaruška

Táňa Zelinková

dívka s kytarou

Josef Kolb

mistr Pokorný

Antonín Blažejovský

Tonda

M. Zedníčková

vychovatelka

Slavoj Banzet

záložák

Ota Heinitz

záložák

Čáslavský

záložák

Navrátil

záložák

dr. Sviták

záložák

Otto Sattler

houslista

Antonín Keyř

účetní

Jindřich Heidelberg

ředitel

V. Víšková

slečna

Bezzemková

slečna

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Ivan Passer

Script Supervisor

Lilian Havlíčková

Shooting Script

Miloš Forman

Script Editor

Václav Šašek

Director of Photography

Miroslav Ondříček

Second Unit Photography

Ladislav Chroust

Camera Operator

Rudolf Blaháček

Production Designer

Karel Černý

Assistent Production Designer

Miloš Červinka

Set Designer

Vladimír Mácha (vedoucí výpravy), Rudolf Beneš (rekvizitář)

Make-Up Artist

Rudolf Hammer

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Assistant Film Editor

Jitka Šulcová

Sound Designer

Adolf Böhm

Production Manager

Rudolf Hájek

Unit Production Manager

Jaroslav Solnička, Otakar Jiříček

Unit Production Manager

Jaroslav Vlk

Cooperation

Pavla Marková (klapka)

Music

Music Composed by

Evžen Illín

Selected Music

Johann Sebastian Bach (Dobře temperovaný klavír /Das Wohltemperierte Klavier/)

Music Performed by

Orchestr Karla Vlacha (Music Conducted by Karel Vlach), Orchestr Ferdinanda Havlíka (Music Conducted by Ferdinand Havlík), Orchestr Karla Vacka ml. (Music Conducted by Karel Vacek ml.), Dechová hudba Supraphon (Music Conducted by Jindřich Bauer), Taneční orchestr Československého rozhlasu (Music Conducted by Josef Votruba), Orchestr ZK Sázavan Zruč nad Sázavou

Songs

Muži z Ria

Songwriter lidová americká píseň
Writer of Lyrics Jindřich Brabec
Singer Hana PazeltováVokální soubor Lubomíra Pánka

Smích /Chi Chi/

Songwriter Barry De Vorzon
Singer sbor

Hej, panímámo

Songwriter Karel Vacek
Writer of Lyrics Karel Vacek
Singer Stanislav Procházkasbor

To, co bylo včera, není každý den /Šeptám jí do ouška/

Singer Táňa Zelinkováženský sbor

Směr Praha /Přes spáleniště, přes krvavé řeky/

Songwriter Ervín Toman
Writer of Lyrics Jan Mareš
Singer mužský sbor

Kde domov můj

Songwriter František Škroup

Večery pod Moskvou

Songwriter Vasilij Solovjev-Sedoj

Má panenko, otevři

Singer sbor

Jó, paní má

Production info

Original Title

Lásky jedné plavovlásky

Czech Title

Lásky jedné plavovlásky

English Title

Loves of a Blonde

Working Title

Přihořívá / Láska jako prám

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

comedy, bitter comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1965

Production Year

1965

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 13 May 1964
technical Screenplay approved 16 November 1964
start of filming 14 January 1965
end of filming 14 April 1965
the first film copy approved 11 June 1965
projection approval 10 September 1965

Premiere

festival premiere srpen 1965 (26. mezinárodní filmový festival Benátky, Itálie)
premiere 12 November 1965 /unsuitable for youths/
renewed premiere 5 June 2019 /suitable for all ages without limit/ (kino Ponrepo, Praha)

Studio

bez ateliérů

Distribution

Ústřední půjčovna filmů (původní 1965), Národní filmový archiv (obnovená 2019)

Creative Group

Tvůrčí skupina Šebor – Bor, Vladimír Bor (vedoucí dramaturg tvůrčí skupiny), Jiří Šebor (vedoucí výroby tvůrčí skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

77 min

Original length in metres

2 195 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm, DCP 2-D, BRD

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

Awards

Vítěz

Event: Anketa filmových kritiků o nejlepší česko-slovenský hraný film století

1998
Praha / Czech Republic

Vítěz

Event: Cena Československé federace filmových klubů

1969
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Miloš Forman

Vítěz

Event: Anketa periodika The New York Times

1967
New York City / United States of America

Vítěz

Event: Nejlepší filmy promítané v belgických kinech 1966

1967
Brusel / Belgium

Vítěz

Event: 18. ročník Cen Bambi 1966

1967
Mnichov / Federal Republic of Germany

Nominace

Event: 39. ročník Ceny americké Akademie filmových věd a umění Oscar 1966

1967
Hollywood, Los Angeles / United States of America

Vítěz

Event: Anketa periodika New York Post

1967
New York City / United States of America

Vítěz

Event: Velká mezinárodní cena Francouzské filmové akademie za rok 1965

1966
Paříž / France
tvůrčí skupina Šebor – Bor

Vítěz

Festival: 15. mezinárodní filmový festival Melbourne

1966
Melbourne / Australia

Vítěz

Event: Velká mezinárodní cena Francouzské filmové akademie za rok 1965

1966
Paříž / France
Miloš Forman

Vítěz

Event: Československá nominace na Cenu americké Akademie filmových věd a umění Oscar 1966

1966
Praha / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: Mezinárodní filmový festival Sydney

1966
Sydney / Australia

Vítěz

Festival: 26. mezinárodní filmový festival Benátky

1965
Benátky / Italy