You Don’t Strike a Woman Even with a Flower

comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Ženu ani květinou neuhodíš

Runtime

95

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1966

Production year

1966

Premiere

13.01.1967

Language version

Czech

Director

Zdeněk Podskalský

Screenplay

Jaroslav Dietl, Zdeněk Podskalský

Screenstory

Jaroslav Dietl, Zdeněk Podskalský

Summary

Jana Brejchová and Vlastimil Brodský were partners both off and on screen. In 1966, they appeared together in this relationship comedy from director Zdeňek Podskalský, written by experienced screenwriter Jaroslav Dietl. The 46-year-old Brodský plays musician Ludvík Podzimka, whose timidity and lack of good looks actually serve as an attraction to many women. But the tender-hearted, married Don Juan just has too many women on his plate. When beautiful compère Bohunka enters his life (played by the then 26-year-old Brejchová), Ludvík gets more than he bargained for. Bohunka insists on marriage, but he refuses to get divorced... Jiřina Bohdalová, Karolina Slunéčková and Květa Fialová play the other women in Ludvík’s life.

Synopsis

Shortish forty-year old Ludvík Podzimek, lute and flute player in a Prague orchestra, is far from being an attractive man. He is nevertheless generally considered a great 'Don Juan'. Women take up with him out of a certain motherly compassion and Ludvík's tender heart does not allow him to split with any of them. His lovers thus accumulate and cause him numerous troubles. Once he spends a night in a duvet box in the apartment of his former schoolmate Blažena whose husband returned home unexpectedly. His wife Zdena gets her revenge in saddling family friend Helena - of whom she is jealous - with him. Ludvík moves in with his male friend Břetislav. Pretty compere Bohunka accompanies the orchestra tour and falls in love with the Ludvík, making this plain to him in Prague when they accidentally meet in a wine cellar. Intellectual Dáša labels Ludvík a "passive erotic hack". Ludvík gives in to Bohunka's love. Their first night of love is interrupted by the arrival of the girl's parents. Bohunka proudly takes Ludvík away from the house and they both end up in a police station, for a man dressed only in pyjamas and a girl in a night dress cause turmoil on the crowded streets. The relationship continues but Ludvík is somehow not going to get divorced. Out of spite, Bohunka decides to marry another but runs away from the altar. She begins to pursue Ludvík and is gradually joined by the rest of his lovers. The unhappy man escapes. He then publishes an ad in the Lonely Hearts column, looking for yet another woman...

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Cast

Vlastimil Brodský

hudebník Ludvík Podzimek

Jana Brejchová

konferenciérka Bohunka Jamborová

Jiřina Bohdalová

Helena Drozdová

Květa Fialová

intelektuálka Dáša

Jan Libíček

hobojista Břetislav

Josef Zíma

dirigent Arnošt Moravec

Ilja Prachař

JUDr. Vilém Jambor, otec Bohunky

Nina Popelíková

Jamborová, matka Bohunky

Vladimír Hlavatý

rekvizitář Čapek

Karolina Slunéčková

Blažena, Ludvíkova bývalá spolužačka

Zdeněk Dítě

Miloš, Blaženin manžel

Slávka Budínová

Zdena, Podzimkova žena

Marie Brožová

Podzimkova matka

Václav Lohniský

poručík VB

Vladimír Menšík

strážmistr SNB

Eduard Pergner

rotný SNB

Miloš Kopecký

muž za novinami

Klaudie Ferbrová

stará paní se psem

Jana Březinová

Arnoštova žena

Josef Mráz

opilý atomový fyzik, Dášin přítel

Vítězslav Černý

výtržník v úřadovně VB

Vladimír Linka

hudebník

František Brož

hudebník

Eman Fiala

hudebník

Karel Hovorka

hudebník

Ivo Husák

hudebník

Lubomír Pánek

hudebník

Jaroslav Boťa

hudebník

Karel Kos

hudebník

Novák

hudebník

Jiří Hlava

hudebník

Pulkráb

hudebník

Ladislav Tvrz

hudebník

Karel Huth

hudebník

Helena Růžičková

Helenina sousedka

Marcela Sedláčková

žena s kyticí

Jarmila Švabíková

prodavačka prádla

Dališová

návštěvnice koncertu

Josef Vondráček

rozcuchaný muž

Vladimír Zátka

Ludvík, syn Podzimkových

Richard Záhorský

ženichův otec

Martin Štěpánek

Dášin mladík

Zdeněk Podskalský

rozčílený řidič

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Jan Mimra

Assistant Director

Eva Přikrylová, Marie Zatloukalová, Irena Vachatová

Shooting Script

Zdeněk Podskalský

Second Unit Photography

Rudolf Holan

Camera Operator

Jiří Pospíšil

Production Designer

Boris Moravec

Set Designer

Ivan Ernyei, Josef Pavlík

Film Editor

Zdeněk Stehlík

Sound Designer

Pavel Jelínek

Production Manager

Josef Ouzký

Unit Production Manager

Růžena Hulínská, Karel Vejřík

Unit Production Manager

Vladimíra Kopecká

Consultant

Josef Pavlík

Cooperation

Věra Houšková, Miloslava Vojnová, Zbyněk Hloch

Music

Music Composed by

Evžen Illín

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Milivoj Uzelac (FISYO), Štěpán Koníček (FISYO)

Songs

Olivo, olivo zelená, Léta plynou jako voda pode mlejnem

Singer

Vokální soubor Jiřího Linhy (Olivo, olivo zelená), Vokální soubor Jiřího Linhy (Léta plynou jako voda pode mlejnem)

Production info

Original Title

Ženu ani květinou neuhodíš

English Title

You Don’t Strike a Woman Even with a Flower

Working Title

Donchuán proti své vůli / Ženu ani květinou

Copyright

1966

Production Year

1966

Premiere

13.01.1967

Creative Group

Feix – Brož, Miloš Brož, Karel Feix

Technical info

Format

35mm , Betacam, DVD

Versions

Czech