Six Black-Haired Girls

detective, comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Šest černých dívek aneb Proč zmizel Zajíc?

Runtime

86

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1969

Production year

1969

Premiere

31.10.1969

Language version

Czech

Director

Ladislav Rychman

Summary

Author Josef Škvorecký had several of his works adapted into films during the 1960s. Viewer anticipation was greatest for the adaptations of his detective stories, primarily those featuring the “sad” lieutenant Borůvka: besides appearing in director Jiří Menzel’s Zločin v dívčí škole (The Crime at the Girl’s School, 1965), the Czech version of G. K. Chesterton’s Father Brown also turns up in this 1969 detective comedy from director Ladislav Rychman. Borůvka refuses to investigate the theft of a rare magical 11th century publication, because his professional expertise is in homicide. But the subsequent disappearance of Professor Zajíc, who was working to decipher the manuscript, moves the lieutenant to enter the depths of the archives and learn of the strange practices of those who work within it. This light-hearted film once again sees Lubomír Lipský in the role of Borůvka. Singer and occasional actress Olga Blechová plays one of the six library archive workers.

Synopsis

Detective Lieutenant Borůvka is called to the State Scientific Library to investigate the loss of a precious manuscript, the Infernal Psalter of the Occult Sciences by Master Peregrinus from the eleventh century, written in a secret script which has only recently been deciphered by senior lecturer Zajíc. Chaos is reigning in the labyrinth of passages and halls of the former monastery where the library is housed. In order to save space the director of the library Dubový has introduced a peculiar system. The books are arranged in the bookcases according to height and six girls dressed in black, the library assistants, are quite happy to cut volumes down to size in case of need. Borůvka refuses the case, since he is specialist in murders. He has to return to the investigation, however, when senior lecturer Zajíc disappears. The desperate Borůvka finds it difficult to get his bearings in the strange case and begins to fear for his own sanity when one of the girls, Koniášová, appears in two different places at once. But then the lieutenant finds a secret entrance to the cellar spaces and here he discovers the psalter, hidden by the girls. At the same time he finds Zajíc, abducted by the girls who want him to translate the recipe for a love potion. There are two Koniášovás, a mother and daughter so alike as to be indistinguishable. But only the mother gets a man - she marries senior lecturer Zajíc.

Cast

Lubomír Lipský

poručík Borůvka

Zdeněk Řehoř

ředitel knihovny Milan Dubový

Josef Chvalina

docent Václav Zajíc

František Peterka

dr.Jaromír Libera

Vladimír Menšík

vrátný v knihovně

Václav Trégl

profesor Tejliběnovský

Josef Kemr

kustod

Miroslav Trpák

dr. Ocel, studijní poradce

Helena Růžičková

ošetřovatelka Ema Krkavcová

Iva Janžurová

sekretářka Dáša Andělová

Marcela Mlacovská

praktikanta Růžena Koniášová/ vrchní sestra Květa Koniášová

Zuzana Šavrdová

praktikantka Čachtická

Olga Blechová

praktikantka Herodesová

Dana Klossová

praktikantka Jidášová

Stanislava Koutská

praktikantka Lomikarová

Ivana Mudrová

praktikantka Babinská

Karel Linc

masér Majdloch

Eva Svobodová

příbuzná na svatbě

Jiří Krytinář

trpasličí knihovník

Lola Skrbková

stará knihovnice

Eugen Jegorov

truhlář

Bedřich Šetena

výpravčí Sodoma

Vilém Lipský

úředník

Luisa Kollingerová

primářka

Zbyněk Vaňous

lékárník

Yvonne Kodoňová

dívka s upilovanými zuby

Jan Kotva

mánička

Věra Kramešová

tančící dívka

Jan Maška

fotograf

J. Bartoš

kulturista

Jiří Horký

kulturista

Bohumil Rod

kulturista

Pavel Zradička

kulturista

H. Cermanová

akvabela

J. Hyniová

akvabela

M. Kulhánková

akvabela

N. Lukšová

akvabela

Ismenia Siegelová

akvabela

H. Veselá

akvabela

Marcela Vraná

akvabela

V. Zátková

akvabela

I. Horská

akvabela/dubl za Koniášovou

Jindřich Sejk

instruktor

M. Přívětivý

dvojče

K. Přívětivý

dvojče

M. Kamarýtová

knihovnice

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Jiří Hartman

Assistant Director

Milan Klacek, Zdenka Barochová

Based on

Josef Škvorecký (Zločin v knihovně rukopisů – povídka)

Second Unit Photography

Rudolf Milič ml.

Camera Operator

Karel Hurský

Production Designer

Oldřich Bosák

Art Director

Adolf Born

Costume Designer

Zdena Kadrnožková

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Sound Designer

Ladislav Hausdorf

Production Manager

Eliška Nejedlá

Unit Production Manager

Jiří Zika, Vladislav Špidra

Unit Production Manager

Vít Pěšina

Cooperation

Milana Halašková, Vilemína Binterová, Bohumil Nový

Music

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Songs

Zpěv beze slov, Lásko, bože, lásko, Zmizí žaltář /Zmizel žaltář, Zmizel Zajíc/

Singer

Jarmila Veselá (Zpěv beze slov), sbor (Lásko, bože, lásko), sbor (Zmizí žaltář /Zmizel žaltář, Zmizel Zajíc/)

Production info

Original Title

Šest černých dívek aneb Proč zmizel Zajíc?

English Title

Six Black-Haired Girls

Copyright

1969

Production Year

1969

Premiere

31.10.1969

Creative Group

Šebor – Bor, Vladimír Bor, Jiří Šebor

Technical info

Format

Betacam

Versions

Czech