Our Crazy Family

comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Naše bláznivá rodina

Runtime

74

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1968

Production year

1968

Premiere

08.11.1968

Language version

Czech

Director

Jan Valášek, Karel Kachyňa (dokončení)

Screenplay

Jan Procházka

Screenstory

Jan Procházka

Summary

Apart from his more serious works (Kočár do Vídně [A Carriage Going to Vienna, 1966]; Noc nevěsty [The Nun’s Night, 1967]; Ucho [The Ear, 1970]), screenwriter Jan Procházka also tried his hand at the comedy genre. This 1968 film about the bespectacled Solnička family is told from the point of view of Jana, an accident-prone 12-year-old who has again landed herself in hospital. When she returns, she and her older sister Zuza realise that something has changed at home. They come to the conclusion that their parents are about to get divorced. Fortunately, the truth is a happy contrast: there’s going to be a new baby in the family. After director Jan Valášek’s untimely death, the film was completed by director Karel Kachyňa. A fast-paced and witty story, it stars child non-actors Bohumila Houdková and Jarmila Srbová alongside experienced actors (Jiřina Jirásková, Vladimír Menšík, Jiřina Šejbalová, Bohuš Záhorský), who were even engaged for the smaller parts.

Synopsis

Everybody wears glasses in the family of twelve-year old Jana, and everybody is also quite mad. Jana often has bad luck – one time she breaks her arm, another time her leg or something else. The family always visits her in the hospital, and when the girl returns home, there are always many gifts waiting for her. Upon her most recent return, Jana notices that things are out of tune between the parents and that father does not sleep with mother in the bedroom. She reveals to her older sister Zuza her worries that their parents want to get divorced. Both girls begin to act immediately, trying to find out first if the parents have someone else. The first investigation shows that the parents do not have anybody. That is worth a great celebration, to which their grandmother brings her brand new groom. But when daddy unexpectedly produces tickets to the circus, the joy is over - for, according to the experience of other children, the parents always begin with the circus, then buy ice cream for the kids and eventually take them for a boat ride to announce their divorce. It seems that the parents of Jana and Zuza are following exactly this scenario. The girls are sad but everything changes in an instant when their puzzled daddy announces that they will have another baby. The boisterous celebrations result in an involuntary bath under a weir, where Jana ends up with another fractured bone.

Note

The director, Jan Valášek, died on the 27th of January 1968 while finishing work on the film, which was consequently finished by Karel Kachyňa. The opening titles of the film, however, present only the name of Jan Valášek.

Film online

Cast

Bohumila Houdková

Jana Solničková

Jarmila Srbová

Zuza, starší sestra Jany

Jiřina Jirásková

maminka Solničková

Vladimír Menšík

tatínek Luděk Solnička

Jiřina Šejbalová

Jedličková, babička Solničkových

Bohuš Záhorský

zelinář Skoumal, babiččin ženich

Ferdinand Krůta

školník

Josef Bláha

primář

Karel Urbánek

soused Mašát

Zdeněk Hodr

učitel matematiky

Alena Karešová

učitelka

Jana Prachařová

učitelka dějepisu

Karel Augusta

příslušník VB

Dagmar Dvořáčková

krásná dívka

Gustav Hrdlička

divák v kině

Jiřina Bílá

zmrzlinářka

Josef Roubíček

žák Růžička

Michal Pospíšil (2)

chlapeček s pistolkou

Alena Kreuzmannová

zdravotní sestra

Karolina Slunéčková

zdravotní sestra

Jiří Růžička

Janin spolužák

Jan Kraus

kluk v telefonní budce

H. Rivinková

artistka

J. Janečková

žena na ulici

Crew and creators

Director

Jan Valášek, Karel Kachyňa (dokončení)

Assistant Director

Stanislava Hutková, Michaela Kirchnerová

Screenstory

Jan Procházka

Screenplay

Jan Procházka

Shooting Script

Jan Valášek

Second Unit Photography

Stanislav Kautský

Production Designer

Vladimír Labský

Set Designer

Vladimír Mácha

Make-Up Artist

Miloslav Koubek

Sound Designer

Jiří Lenoch

Production Manager

Jaroslav Kučera

Unit Production Manager

Hubert Novotný, Zdeňka Černá

Cooperation

Aleš Voleman

Music

Music Composed by

Miloš Vacek

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Naše bláznivá rodina

English Title

Our Crazy Family

Working Title

Ta naše bláznivá rodina

Copyright

1968

Production Year

1968

Premiere

08.11.1968

Creative Group

Švabík – Procházka, Jan Procházka, Erich Švabík

Technical info

Format

35mm , Betacam, DVD

Versions

Czech