My House – My Castle

slapstick, educational

Typology

feature

Lenght

short

Czech title

Můj dům – můj hrad

Runtime

6 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1968

Production year

1968

Language version

Czech

Director

Miroslav Sobota

Synopsis

A stork returns to his nest just as people are returning to their apartments, where they feel safe. It is the time for spring cleaning. While the husband is hanging up the lace curtains, the ladder collapses under him, leaving him hanging on the window. The little daughter slips on a rolled-up carpet and cries. Mother runs to comfort her, leaving a gas range unattended. The soup on the range boils over, extinguishing the gas fire. Grandfather tries to light his pipe with a broken lighter and decides to use liquid gas instead. Grandmother, washing the inside of a cupboard, is locked in by a naughty grandson and spills a bucket of water on herself. The older grandson is playing with a radio and leaves the opposite end of a plugged-in electric extension cable lying on the floor. The younger grandson plays with a sabre which otherwise decorates the wall of the living room. The wife is unable to help her husband and calls the neighbours. The drenched grandmother is electrocuted. While she is jumping up and down with pain, the grandfather finally succeeds in striking the lighter. There is an explosion of the accumulated gas and the father falls to the floor. The whole family is injured and in shock and the apartment is in ruins. The film's narrative admonishes us not to "become comforted by the certainty that nothing can happen to us in this safe nest of ours."

Commentary

Crew and creators

Screenstory

Miroslav Sobota

Screenplay

Miroslav Sobota

Commentary by

Miroslav Sobota

Film Editor

Dana Lukešová

Sound Designer

Benjamin Astrug

Production Manager

Miloš Čálek

Consultant

MUDr. Jaromír Mayer

Music

Music Composed by

archivní

Production info

Original Title

Můj dům – můj hrad

English Title

My House – My Castle

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

slapstick, educational

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1968

Production Year

1968

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Technical info

Lenght

short

Runtime

6 min

Versions

Czech