The Girl with Three Camels

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1967

Production year

1966—1967

Premiere

8 September 1967

Runtime

92 min

Category

film

Genre

comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Dívka s třemi velbloudy

Czech title

Dívka s třemi velbloudy

English title

The Girl with Three Camels

Summary

When it comes to the output of director Václav Krška, comedies make up the lesser part of his work. Moreover, an amusing movie inspired by Italian folk comedies is a rarity of Czechoslovak sixties cinema. At the same time, the subject of 1967's Dívka s třemi velbloudy (The Girl with Three Camels) could even serve as the basis for a psychological family drama. The story’s heroine, 16 year-old Bobina, is set to become a single mother – thus following the fate of her own mother and her forebears. Her only memento of the father of the offspring to be, a young fitter whom she met at a dance, is an exotic postcard with three camels... The role of Bobina became the best-remembered part of actress Zuzana Ondrouchová who died in her late twenties. The part of the protagonist’s mother was taken by the experienced Slávka Budínová.

Synopsis

Sixteen-year old Bobina Gromová surrenders to the charms of a blue-eyed youth she meets at a dance and loses her virginity with him that same night. Only then do they introduce themselves and learn each other's names. Their courtship is short-lived, the next day the assembler Pepík Bajcura leaves for Algeria to work on construction. After a while, a postcard of three camels arrives from him, with a short greeting. The letter that the pregnant Bobina writes to him is returned with a note that the addressee has died in an accident. The girl's mother Božena is single, just like her grandmother and great grandmother. This is why Božena decides to resolve her daughter's "problem" with an abortion. Bobina changes her mind on the way to the hospital and spends the money reserved for the surgery. Božena reconciles herself to the situation and kicks her lover Milouš out of their small flat. Little Pepík is born, and Božena finds a new boyfriend, Alfréd. He helps Bobina in her struggle with the authorities for the young mother wants her son surnamed Bajcura. However, the postcard cannot prove Pepík Bajcura's fatherhood. Even the promised testimony of Pepík's colleagues does not help. A visit to Bajcura's parents is a fiasco. Shocked by the information about their son's unknown lover and the unexpected grandson, they throw Alfréd and the two women with the baby out of their little house. The kind and caring "grandpa" Alfréd is also soon lured away by his long-standing girlfriend. The two women remain alone, as has become traditional in their family.

Cast

Zuzana Ondrouchová

Bobina Gromová

Slávka Budínová

Božena zvaná Gromka, Bobinina matka

Radovan Lukavský

havíř Alfréd Havel, dříve kouzelník

Vladimír Pospíšil

Milouš, Gromčin milenec a podnájemník

Robert Vrchota

parťák Král

Jan Langšádl

montér Pepík Bajcura, Bobinin milenec

Petr Sedláček

zedník Jarda

Tomáš Sedláček

Vašek, Jardův kamarád

Jaroslav Moučka

Pepíkův otec

Ludmila Roubíková

Pepíkova matka

Jaroslav Satoranský

Eman Vyskočil

Pavel Holeček

montér Frajer

Miroslav Saic

montér zvaný Nejmladší

Antonín Molčík

montér Kamarád

Jaroslav Cmíral

montér Dobrák

Josef Kotapiš

montér Dlouhán

Rudolf Horák

lékař

Jarmila Májová

svačinářka

Nataša Gollová

Havlova družka

Věra Budilová

vrchní sestra

Eva Foustková

Kofroňová

Jaroslava Tichá

členka interrupční komise

Milada Horutová

členka interrupční komise

Ela Šilarová

prodavačka v bufetu

Eva Jandáčková

úřednice

René Gabzdyl

mladík ve výstavní síni

Zdeněk Kampf

příslušník VB

Bohumil Klika

tančící brigádník

Jan Minařík

tančící brigádník

Michal Kozl

Pepíček

Jan Kotva

kamarád Tonda

Ladislav Suchánek

vedoucí módní přehlídky

Alena Frimlová

matrikářka

Josef Šulc

muž v bufetu

Václav Švec

hlídač na stavbě

M. Sebastián

mladý černoch

Emil Iserle

úředník

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

František Sádek

Assistant Director

Vilém Henzel

Script Supervisor

Marie Hejzlarová

Shooting Script

Václav Krška

Script Editor

Sergej Machonin

Director of Photography

Rudolf Stahl ml.

Second Unit Photography

Karel Dobřichovský

Production Designer

Jan Zázvorka st.

Assistent Production Designer

Jindřich Goetz

Set Designer

Josef Dvořák

Costume Designer

Marta Bártová

Make-Up Artist

Vladimír Černý

Film Editor

Jan Kohout

Sound Designer

Blažej Bernard

Production Manager

Václav Rouha

Unit Production Manager

Ladislav Dražan, Zdeňka Černá

Unit Production Manager

Karel Čabrádek

Cooperation

Emanuela Peterová (klapka)

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Šust

Music Performed by

Orchestr Karla Krautgartnera, Beatová skupina Donald, Dechová hudba Obce baráčníků Hradčany

Songs

Vyznání

Songwriter Pavel Novák
Writer of Lyrics Pavel Novák
Singer Pavel Novák

Production info

Original Title

Dívka s třemi velbloudy

Czech Title

Dívka s třemi velbloudy

English Title

The Girl with Three Camels

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1967

Production Year

1966—1967

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 26 August 1966
technical Screenplay approved 19 September 1966
start of filming 27 September 1966
end of filming 13 February 1967
projection approval 1 June 1967

Premiere

premiere 30 June 1967 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina 64 U Hradeb /1 týden/ a Blaník /2 týdny od 17. 11./, Praha)
premiere 8 September 1967 /unsuitable for youths/ (celostátní)

Studio

Hostivař

Creative Group

Tvůrčí skupina Novotný – Kubala, Bedřich Kubala (vedoucí dramaturg tvůrčí skupiny), Ladislav Novotný (vedoucí výroby tvůrčí skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

92 min

Original length in metres

2 633 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,66, 1:2,35

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech