The Spree

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1966

Production year

1966

Premiere

9 December 1966

Runtime

82 min

Category

film

Genre

narrative

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Flám

Czech title

Flám

English title

The Spree

Summary

Czech actors seldom have tailor-made roles written for them. One exception came in the film Flám (The Spree, 1966), in which the leading role is portrayed by Miloš Kopecký. The 44-year-old actor was at the peak of his fame (in 1966 alone he starred in four features). The comedy mines Kopecký’s charisma to good effect, in what is a somewhat ambivalent role. Director Miroslav Hubáček casts his star as the outwardly sophisticated architect Donát, who finds it very hard to meet the expectations placed upon him. This is also the case with his superficial lover (played by Olga Schoberová), who expects protection from her partner while supposedly seeking work. Donát succumbs to deception when he meets a beautiful woman (played by Jana Hlaváčová), whom he believes could genuinely revolutionise his average life. With the addition of simple anecdotes and spirited, witty dialogue, the film was partly influenced by the star himself, who brought in Jiří Mucha to adapt Otto Zelenka’s script.

Synopsis

Architect Jiří Donát, a single middle-aged man, is distinguishes from most of his peers, by his beard with which he seems to be hidign his real face. He considers himself an average man professionally, and catastrophe-prone in personal relationships. Pretty and superficial shop assistant Eva wants to become famous and makes no attempt to hide the fact she expects support and connections from her lover Donát. Donát displeased by this, still tries to win over the director of his organization, an aging, energetic and somewhat mannish woman. First he butters her up with routine flattery, only to lose her sympathy entirely with a tactless request for a modelling job for Eva. His lover's mood is spoiled by the news and she run away from a café the same night and goes to a party out of Prague with an orchestra that she wants to join as a singer. But Donát does not remain alone. The wife of a womaniser friend unexpectedly arrives in the café, where her husband is sitting with a pretty girl. The friend asks Donát to act as if the girl was his lover. The architect and the girl, who introduces herself as Dana, visit several nightspots and he finally invites her to his flat. The girl is good-looking and friendly, but the superficial man takes her for a prostitute. The young, intelligent and witty woman, who only wanted to experience something exciting and unusual, is disappointed by that. When Donát realizes his mistake, it is already too late. Dana leaves with a very cold goodbye and he is left with nothing but bitterness over a wasted opportunity.

Cast

Miloš Kopecký

architekt Jiří Donát

Vlasta Matulová

ředitelka podniku Eliška Bočková

Jana Hlaváčová

kreslička Dana vlastním jmém Šárka Slabihoudová

Olga Schoberová

prodavačka Eva, Donátova přítelkyně

Vladimír Menšík

Bedřich, Donátův známý

Jiří Menzel

brýlatý mladík

Zdeněk Dítě

majitel auta

Eduard Dubský

vrchní v Selektu

Jan Libíček

vedoucí orchestru Dvořáček

Jaroslav Mareš

opilec Rudýnek

Jan Přeučil

příslušník VB

Vladimír Hrubý

opilec před barem

Zdeněk Týle

starší pán

Miloš Willig

hudebník

Miluše Zoubková

sousedova milenka

Ivana Karbanová

dívka v kavárně

Dana Reimová

dívka v kavárně

Eva Jiroušková

Boženka, Bedřichova manželka

Jan Víšek

vrchní ve Vltavě

Zdeněk Braunschläger

opilec se sportkou

Václav Štercl

železničář

Libuše Zátková

dívka v tramvaji

Miroslav Berka

hudebník v Selektu

Pavel Chrastina

hudebník v Selektu

Petr Janda

hudebník v Selektu

Ladislav Klein

hudebník v Selektu

Jan Antonín Pacák

hudebník v Selektu

Dalibor Svašek

hudebník v Selektu

J. Bezkočka

hudebník v Selektu

J. Bartoníček

hudebník v Selektu

Jan Hochman

hudebník v Selektu

Stanislav Kubík

hudebník ve Vltavě

Milan Mader (2)

hudebník ve Vltavě

Jiří Mráz

hudebník ve Vltavě

Ota Rendla

hudebník ve Vltavě

Karel Velebný

hudebník ve Vltavě

V. Šindler

hudebník ve Vltavě

Vl. Vondráček

hudebník ve Vltavě

J. Hanzlík

hudebník ve Vltavě

Náhlovský

hudebník ve Vltavě

I. Coneva

zpěvačka ve Vltavě

Jaromír Otto Karel

muž u klavíru

Pavel Mráček

mladík na skútru

Magda Maděrová

šatnářka

Jan Cmíral

příslušník VB

Jindřich Heidelberg

vrchní ve vinárně

Marcela Sedláčková

šatnářka ve Vltavě

Saša Grossová

osamělá žena

Jana Štěpková

mladá dívka

Jan Diviš

příslušník VBŽ

Rudolf Veselý

venkovan

Jitka Šulcová

dívka na skútru

Jan Tureček

vrátný

H. Ťukalová

modelářka

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Rudolf Jaroš, František Sádek

Assistant Director

Jiří Hraběta

Director of Photography

Rudolf Milič st.

Second Unit Photography

Rudolf Milič ml.

Camera Operator

Jiří Zavřel

Production Designer

Karel Černý

Assistent Production Designer

Jiří Kotlář

Set Designer

Rudolf Beneš, Vladimír Mácha, Suchý

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Assistant Film Editor

Vilemína Binterová

Sound Designer

Adolf Böhm

Production Manager

Rudolf Fencl

Unit Production Manager

Marie Poledníková, Jan Šuster

Unit Production Manager

Vilém Henzel

Cooperation

Bohuslav Kück (fotograf)

Music

Music Composed by

archivní

Music Performed by

skupina Olympic

Music Advisor

Miloš Vacek

Songs

Volání divokých husí

Songwriter Jaromír Vomáčka
Writer of Lyrics Jiří Vitinger
Singer Milan Chladil

Pomalu a líně /Lazy River/

Songwriter tradicionálPavel Vitoch /úprava/
Writer of Lyrics Jiří Štaidl
Singer Yvonne Přenosilová

Krásné dívky hloupé jsou

Singer skupina Olympic

Production info

Original Title

Flám

Czech Title

Flám

English Title

The Spree

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

narrative

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1966

Production Year

1966

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 28 July 1965
technical Screenplay approved 23 March 1966
start of filming 30 March 1966
end of filming 29 June 1966
projection approval 30 September 1966

Premiere

premiere 9 December 1966 /unsuitable for youths/ (kino Pasáž /4 týdny/, Praha)
premiere 9 December 1966 /unsuitable for youths/ (celostátní)

Studio

Barrandov

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

82 min

Original length in metres

2 341 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 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