Seeing a Coffin in a Dream...

comedy, crime

Typology

feature

Czech title

„Rakev ve snu viděti...“

Runtime

86

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1968

Production year

1968

Premiere

26.07.1968

Language version

Czech

Director

Jaroslav Mach

Screenplay

Jiří Karásek, František Břetislav Kunc, Jaroslav Mach

Screenstory

Jiří Karásek, Jaroslav Mach

Summary

In 1968, Jaroslav Mach took audiences back to the chateau Ronov for the sequel to his crime comedy Nahá pastýřka (The Naked Shepherdess, 1966). The chateau is now operating as a stylish hotel run by former crook Pacínek (Bohumil Šmída). However, Ronov still draws participants in organised crime: robbers of antiques give way to a gang that has just stolen two million crowns from a state bank. The villains, posing as members of the jazz band Skelet, hide the loot in a suitcase that looks exactly the same as the luggage of police captain Tronda (Vladimír Menšík). Mutual animosity heightens, the adversaries start murdering each other and eventually only Zuzanka (Jaroslava Obermaierová) remains alive. Pavel Landovský, František Peterka and Zdeněk Dítě star as the criminals passing themselves off as musicians.

Synopsis

The Ronov castle has been changed into a hotel, offering stylish facilities to its guests: weddings in the torture chamber, a Black Lancer kidnapping brides, a night's lodging in a family tomb etc. The reformed petty swindler Pacínek runs the hotel. The business is far from thriving; the place is half-empty, and the jazz band Skeleton, together with their singer Zuzanka, decide to leave. Nobody in the hotel has any idea that the band is in fact a gang of thieves who have just robbed the Prague State Bank, taking two million crowns from its vaults. The perpetrators have brought their goods to Ronov in a small black army suitcase and are about to split the money. The suitcase is almost identical to one belonging to the police Captain Tronda. They get swapped by accident in Ronov and then the case keeps changing hands, although the thieves do their best never to lose sight of it. The gang members have little solidarity and each tries to steal the goods for himself. Competing in this manner, they all get killed and only Zuzanka remains alive. The musicians' deaths bring journalists and sensationalist guests to the castle. The police are also in Ronov. They have managed to trace the robbery to the musicians. Zuzanka is arrested with all the millions. The hotel is sure to thrive for a long time to come and Pacínek can peacefully water the flowerbed with the arrangement of pansies reading "You Will All Die!".

Cast

Bohumil Šmída

vedoucí hotelu Felix Pacínek

Jaroslava Obermaierová

zpěvačka Zuzanka Korejsová/Boženka

Zdeněk Dítě

lupič a hudebník Rudolf Vengloš

Čestmír Řanda

lupič a hudebník Milan Weyr

Lubomír Kostelka

lupič a hudebník Čestmír Kosík

Libuše Havelková

Ema, Kosíkova žena

František Peterka

lupič a hudebník Josef Balda

Pavel Landovský

lupič a hudebník Zdeněk Štýbr

Vladimír Menšík

kapitán VB Tronda

Jan Skopeček

major VB Jarda Bergl

Zdeněk Řehoř

kriminalista Patras

Oldřich Velen

kapitán VB Václav Roj

Slávka Budínová

zralá dáma

Kateřina Klumparová

Květuška, Pacínkova manželka

Miloš Nedbal

profesor Nykl

Václav Lohniský

vrchní Stěhule

Josef Chvalina

náměstek ředitele

Vladimír Jedenáctík

porybný Ventura

Beda Lak

kustod

Consuela Morávková

nevěsta Blanka Svobodová

Jan Pohan

ženich Richard Bezděk

Vilda Marzin

dr. Pavlousek

František Miroslav Doubrava

ženich Arnošt Velebný

Helena Růžičková

nevěsta Antonie Drobná

Zora Polanová

úřednice banky

Lubomír Bryg

hlavní pokladník

Antonín Soukup

dědeček

Miroslav Homola

vedoucí

Gino Hašler

novinář

Rudolf Kudrnáč

novinář

Ferdinand Šafránek

novinář

Vladimír Linka

pokladní

Jana Krampolová

pokladní

Vítězslav Černý

příslušník VB

Josef Koza

příslušník VB

Vojtěch Kheck

příslušník VB

Zdeněk Týle

průvodčí

František Závěta

číšník

Josef Šulc

kriminalista

Karlini

kouzelník

Mušketýři a bandité

skupina historického šermu ÚDA

Duo Štandy

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Eliška Štíbrová

Assistant Director

Zdenka Karlovská, Karel Brchel

Shooting Script

Jaroslav Mach

Second Unit Photography

Jan Kváča

Camera Operator

Bohumil Paris

Production Designer

Karel Černý

Art Director

Neprakta

Costume Designer

Jan Kropáček

Film Editor

Zdeněk Stehlík

Sound Designer

Roman Hloch

Titles Designed by

Neprakta

Production Manager

Miloš Stejskal

Unit Production Manager

Jaromír Kallista, Jaroslav Koucký

Unit Production Manager

Vít Pešina

Cooperation

G. Mozolová, Miloslava Vojnová, Bohumil Dudař

Music

Music Composed by

Ferdinand Havlík

Selected Music

Antonín Dvořák (Rusalka /sbor Květiny bílé po cestě/ – opera)

Music Performed by

FISYO, Míša Polák (klavírní improvizace), Orchestr Ferdinanda Havlíka

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Songs

Sto zlatých zvonků, V Hodoníně za vojáčka mňa vzali

Songwriter

Ferdinand Havlík (Sto zlatých zvonků), lidová píseň (V Hodoníně za vojáčka mňa vzali)

Writer of Lyrics

Jan Schneider (Sto zlatých zvonků), lidová píseň (V Hodoníně za vojáčka mňa vzali)

Singer

Jaroslava Obermaierová [dab] (Sto zlatých zvonků), Naďa Urbánková (Sto zlatých zvonků), Vladimír Menšík (V Hodoníně za vojáčka mňa vzali)

Production info

Original Title

„Rakev ve snu viděti...“

English Title

Seeing a Coffin in a Dream...

Copyright

1968

Production Year

1968

Premiere

26.07.1968

Creative Group

Šmída – Fikar, Ladislav Fikar, Bohumil Šmída

Technical info

Versions

Czech