Little Summer Blues

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1967

Production year

1967

Premiere

14 June 1968

Runtime

69 min

Category

film

Genre

narrative

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Malé letní blues

Czech title

Malé letní blues

English title

Little Summer Blues

Working title

Malá letní romance

Summary

This 1967 summer holiday-time romantic film about the emotional maturing of a 15-year-old girl was directed by Jiří Hanibal and written for the screen by Ota Hofman. Hanibal and Hofman both have a rich history in films produced for children and young people. Based on a novel by Václav Čtvrtka, the filmmakers present the fragile world of a young girl. Her father leaves Jiřina alone for a few days at the summer cottage by the river. Carefree frolicking with her young friends soon evolves into the girl’s first crush – on Franta, who is situated on the other side of the river. But this young man is still dating his love from the last summer holidays, Bláža. Sixteen-year-old Andrea Čunderlíková offers up one of many convincing performances as an emotionally fragile young girl, overdubbed by Helga Čočková. The role of Franta is played by non-actor Jaroslav Bradáč.

Synopsis

Fifteen-year-old Jiřina is spending her summer holiday with her father at the family cottage. The father has to go to Prague on business and, after few moments of hesitation, he decides to leave Jiřina alone in the cottage. The holiday by the river is pleasant and the gang of children to which Jiřina belongs enjoys it duly. Jiřina is wooed by Roman, but she is more interested in Franta from the opposite bank of the river. Franta invites the girl to his cottage, but when the more experienced youth wants to kiss her, Jiřina runs away. She at the same time finds out to her sorrow that Franta is still dating his love from last year's holidays, Bláža. Despite that, she meets Franta again and receives her first kiss in life from him during their date above the river. But when Franta introduces her to his group of friends and behaves a bit rudely to her, Jiřina runs away again. In the evening, she celebrates her fifteenth birthday with her friends, hoping that Franta would join the party. But he never shows up and Bláža, too, is missing. Jiřina sets off to see Franta to his cottage and when the young man does not come for long, she falls asleep by the house. In the morning, Franta finally returns, but Jiřina hides from him. In the meadow, she runs to her father who watches the sadness in his daughter's eyes with both anxiety and understanding.

Cast

Jiří Pleskot

Jiřčin otec

Jaroslav Bradáč

Dubbing Jan Schánilec
Franta

Petr Kronďák

Dubbing Jaromír Hanzlík
Roman

Jan Laibl

Mikeš, Romanův otec

Věra Kubánková

Mikešová, Romanova matka

Olga Jánošová

Věra

Eva Kolumková

Dana

Petr Fišer

Láďa

Blanka Boháčová

malá holka

Jana Pehrová

malá holka

Lucie Žulová

malá holka

Milan Soška

Honza

Pavel Osif

švagr Mikešových

Irena Šubrtová

příbuzná Mikešových

Irena Kynclová

děvče

V. Knížková

děvče

B. Potocká

děvče

Jan Kanyza

mladík

Hana Menčíková

Věra

K. Jedličková

dítě Mikešových

J. Hájek

kluk

E. Dvořák

kluk

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Ota Koval

Assistant Director

Karel Kovář, Zdenka Barochová

Based on

Václav Čtvrtek (Malá letní romance – kniha)

Shooting Script

Jiří Hanibal

Director of Photography

Jan Čuřík

Second Unit Photography

Oldřich Hubáček

Camera Operator

Jiří Polák

Production Designer

Jiří Hlupý

Costume Designer

Jan Kropáček

Film Editor

Zdeněk Stehlík

Production Manager

Petr Čapek

Unit Production Manager

Dana Dudová, Jindřich Dvořák

Unit Production Manager

Martin Baroch

Cooperation

Alena Řepová, Marta Strangmüllerová, Miloslava Vojnová

Music

Music Composed by

Evžen Illín

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by Milivoj Uzelac), Ferdinand Havlík /saxofonová sóla/

Songs

Juliano

Singer sbor

Oči má sněhem zaváté

Songwriter Jiří Štaidl
Writer of Lyrics Jiří Suchý
Singer Karel Gott

Lékořice

Songwriter Jaromír Vomáčka
Writer of Lyrics Vratislav Blažek
Singer Václav Neckář

Pod praporem mladých pionýrů

Singer sbor

Vesničko má pod Šumavou

Songwriter Johan B. Blobner

Production info

Original Title

Malé letní blues

Czech Title

Malé letní blues

English Title

Little Summer Blues

Working Title

Malá letní romance

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

narrative

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1967

Production Year

1967

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 10 October 1966
technical Screenplay approved 30 May 1967
start of filming 27 June 1967
end of filming 25 August 1967
projection approval 30 November 1967

Premiere

premiere 14 June 1968

Studio

Hostivař

Creative Group

Tvůrčí skupina Švabík – Procházka, Jan Procházka (vedoucí dramaturg tvůrčí skupiny), Erich Švabík (vedoucí výroby tvůrčí skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

69 min

Original length in metres

1 955 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

Awards

Vítěz

Exhibition: 3. mezinárodní přehlídka filmů pro děti a mládež Rimini

1968
Rimini / Italy