Hogo Fogo Homolka

comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Hogo fogo Homolka

Runtime

78

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1970

Production year

1970

Premiere

05.03.1971

Language version

Czech

Director

Jaroslav Papoušek

Screenplay

Jaroslav Papoušek

Screenstory

Jaroslav Papoušek

Summary

A year after the success of the comedy Ecce Homo Homolka (1969), the director and screenwriter Jaroslav Papoušek made a loose sequel (the final part of the trilogy – Homolka a tobolka (Homolka and the Purse) – was added in 1972). In the film Hogo Fogo Homolka, the heroes move closer to their dream of becoming a well-off Czech family when they purchase a car. However, for the Homolkas, chasing the new diversions that the new vehicle offers is ultimately trumped by their duty to visit their great-grandfather who is apparently “dying” in a country village. But everything in the south Bohemian hamlet confounds the family’s expectations. While the “dying” old man passes the time merrily revelling with his colleagues and fellow hunters, the Homolkas are dying of boredom in the cottage, squabbling and getting angry with the naughty twins. The atmosphere changes with a visit to a local fishpond and the unexpected death of the great-grandfather, which instantly reveals to the Homolkas the banality of their life. The sequel differs from the original film in terms of its rather more serious tone. The typical urban, consumerist family has to grapple with a maelstrom of contrasts, which enhances the movie’s satirical and comic potential. The juxtapositions between the city and the countryside as well as different generations’ views on life are based on precisely observed details that remind us of Papoušek’s status within the Czechoslovak New Wave. The usual cast of actors includes Helena Růžičková (the corpulent Heduš), František Husák (Ludva), and Josef Šebánek (Grandpa Homolka). Above all, Josef Kolb (“Miloš Forman’s” non-actor from Lásky jedné plavovlásky (Loves of a Blonde,1965) and the tragicomedy Hoří, má panenko (Firemen’s Ball, 1967) is an apposite addition as the great-grandfather. A 21-year-old Dagmar Bláhová made her screen debut in a small part as a driver’s girlfriend, while brothers Matěj and Petr Forman reprise their roles as the Homolka twins.

Synopsis

The Homolka family celebrates a great occasion: they were finally able to buy a car. They immediately begin to drive for small trips to Hradčany, to the airport, and plan further trips. Their euphoria is spoiled by a letter from their great-grandmother. Their great-grandfather is dying and the family is expected to come along to say goodbye. The annoyed Homolkas therefore set off to the South Bohemian village where the grandparents live. Their bad mood does not improve upon their arrival to the village house - early in the morning, the grand-grandfather went for a walk to the forest and then to visit a competition of hunting terriers. The grand-grandmother did not reckon with their arrival and has no food to offer. The Homolkas bring at least some sausages and beer from the local pub while the grand-grandfather enjoys the hunter's celebration. He starts drinking and does not want to die at all any more. The Prague Homolkas say goodbye to their great-grandmother and return home. On the way, they drop by a pond where the grandmother fell in as a child and this time would almost drown again. When the rest of the family tries to save her, they all fall into the water. The great-grandfather is happily returning from the celebration and dies from a stroke on a forest path. The Homolkas succumb to the atmosphere of the beautiful summer day and cheerfully shed their clothes and jump into the water. It is as if the pleasantly cool water has washed away all the banality of their lives. At the same time, we can see the car with the dead grand-grandfather driving alongside the dike of the pond.

Cast

Josef Šebánek

děda Homolka

Marie Motlová

babi Marie Homolková

František Husák

Ludva, syn Homolkových

Helena Růžičková

Heduš, snacha Homolkových

Petr Forman

dvojče Péťa, vnuk Homolkových

Matěj Forman

dvojče Máťa, vnuk Homolkových

Josef Kolb

pradědeček Tonda

Josefa Pechlátová

prababička

Jiří Čutka

Francek Pertlík

Václav Žižka

František Vaněček

Karel Fridrich

majitel psa

Jiří Hálek

řidič wartburgu

Dagmar Bláhová

řidičova přítelkyně

Vladimír Krška

hostinský Venda

Růžena Pružinová

sousedka Suchánková

Dana Kubálková

dívka v plavkách

Jindřich Chvojka

Dubbing

Hana Brejchová

hlas dívky v plavkách

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Milan Muchna

Assistant Director

Marie Beránková

Shooting Script

Jaroslav Papoušek

Camera Operator

Antonín Mařík

Production Designer

Karel Černý

Set Designer

Jan Hodný, Karel Kočí, Václav Podhorský

Sound Designer

Milan R. Novotný

Special Effects

Trikový ateliér FSB

Production Manager

Rudolf Hájek

Unit Production Manager

František Jaderník, Jaroslav Vlk

Unit Production Manager

Antonín Kubový

Cooperation

členové Českého mysliveckého svazu, zaměstnanci Státních lesů Písek, I. Tomsová, Eva Horázná, Štěpánka Stříbrná, Miloš Červinka

Music

Music Composed by

Karel Mareš

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO)

Songs

Chválu vzdejme, ó křesťané (Maria, Maria, denice vítězná), Pětatřicátníci, Ó, hřebíčku zahradnický

Songwriter

Ferdinand Pátek (Chválu vzdejme, ó křesťané), R. Bauer (Chválu vzdejme, ó křesťané), Karel Hašler (Pětatřicátníci), lidová píseň (Ó, hřebíčku zahradnický)

Writer of Lyrics

Karel Hašler (Pětatřicátníci), lidová píseň (Ó, hřebíčku zahradnický)

Singer

sbor (Chválu vzdejme, ó křesťané), Josef Kolb (Pětatřicátníci), Václav Žižka (Pětatřicátníci), Václav Žižka (Ó, hřebíčku zahradnický)

Production info

Original Title

Hogo fogo Homolka

English Title

Hogo Fogo Homolka

Copyright

1970

Production Year

1970

Premiere

05.03.1971

Creative Group

Šebor – Bor, Vladimír Bor, Jiří Šebor

Technical info

Format

35mm , Betacam, DVD

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 4. celostátní festival českých a slovenských filmů Plzeň

1971
Plzeň / Czechoslovakia
Jaroslav Papoušek