You Are a Widow, Sir

comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

„Pane, vy jste vdova!“

Runtime

97

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1970

Production year

1970

Premiere

15.01.1971

Language version

Czech

Director

Václav Vorlíček

Screenplay

Miloš Macourek, Václav Vorlíček

Screenstory

Miloš Macourek, Václav Vorlíček

Summary

This 1970 sci-fi comedy is remembered as one of the timeless works of the creative duo Václav Vorlíček and Miloš Macourek, the screenwriter and director, respectively. Unlike with the other films made by this pair, the narration takes place in a strictly fictional setting – a central European kingdom under the reign of the enlightened King Rosebud IV. The intricate plot draws on astonishing local advances in the field of transplantation. The ability to transfer a brain into an arbitrary living or artificial body fulfils the incredible prophecy of the astrologist Stuart Hample. Stuart has bizarrely foreseen the following sequence of events: he will be killed, he will be subsequently “saved” by his friend Bob, he will become a widow and then he will marry beautiful actress Molly. Well, the stars never lie and the almighty Professor Somr succeeds in transplanting (by mistake, of course) Stuart’s brain into an artificial double of the popular actress Keletti modelled from a piece of veal... This crazy comedy fuelled by absurd black humour makes use of many of the motifs that Vorlíček and Macourek would turn to in many variations in their later works. The most effective yet undemanding subject matter is the swapping of bodies; the comical effect is achieved by simply overdubbing one actor with another. Unlike Což takhle dát si špenát (How About a Plate of Spinach?, 1977), Rumburak (Rumburak, 1984) or the TV series Arabela (Arabela, 1979), „Pane, vy jste vdova!“ (You Are a Widow, Sir) offers a dynamic and balanced composition cemented by the character of the “immortal” Stuart Hample, compellingly portrayed by Jiří Hrzán. Other bizarre characters in the feature come to life thanks to excellent, greatly typecast actors – the vigorous Keletti portrayed by Iva Janžurová, the good-natured cook Bob played by Jan Libíček and the beautiful Molly embodied by Olga Schoberová. Helena Růžičková, in the role of the merrily insane murderer Fany Stub, is also one of the unforgettable characters.

Synopsis

King Rosebud IV welcomes the neighbouring King Oscar XV at the airport. When Bobo, the commander of the troop of honour, gives the command "Present Arms!", he by unfortunate accident chops off Oscar's arm with his sword. Rosebud fires Bobo and announces the disbanding of the army. The generals are not favour of that by any means, and thus begin to plot the King's assassination. Bobo seeks comfort with his friend, astrologer Hample, and on that occasion also wants to know the truth about his future. The study in the astrological maps thoroughly surprises both men. Hample would be killed but Bobo will save his life, then the astrologer will become a widow, will marry the actress Molly whom she loves and at the same time will marry Molly's future husband, officer Steiner. The stars do not lie and the fates of Bobo and Hample are gradually fullfilled. The astrologer saves King Rosebud from assassination and the generals therefore liquidate him. His brain is provided to Professor Somr who implants it into his creation, an artificial being reminiscent of the actress Kelettiová. Hample as Kelettiová and Bobo then face various stratagems of the generals who, in order to remove the King, use a time bomb, the scientific results of Professor Somr and the murderous appetites of sadistic Mrs Stubová. And when Steiner, already Molly's husband, loses his life, Somr implants Hample's brain into his head and the beautiful Molly now belongs to the astrologer. The stars, indeed, do not lie.

Cast

Iva Janžurová

herečka Evelyna Kelettiová

Jiří Sovák

král Rosebud IV.

Eduard Cupák

major Robert Steiner

Olga Schoberová

herečka Molly Adamsová, snoubenka

František Filipovský

král Oscar XV.

Čestmír Řanda

generál Omar Otis

Jan Libíček

kuchař Bobo

Otto Šimánek

průmyslník Alfréd Keletti, muž Evelyny

Luděk Kopřiva

divadelní režisér Brand

Helena Růžičková

vražedkyně Fany Stubová

Vladimír Menšík

povaleč Bloom, přítel Stubové

Oldřich Velen

generál letectva

Jaroslav Mareš

jednooký generál Hartman

Miloš Kopecký

profesor Somr, majitel sanatoria

Jiří Hrzán

astrolog Stuart Hample

Jiří Lír

herec Gugenheim

Stella Zázvorková

Mary, Otisova žena

Stella Májová

Gerta, přítelkyně Otisové

Lubomír Kostelka

tajemník Kelettiho

Vlastimil Hašek

asistent v Somrově sanatoriu

Oldřich Celerýn

asistent v Somrově sanatoriu

Zdeněk Braunschläger

asistent v Somrově sanatoriu

Karel Peyr

generál

Karel Effa

zřízenec na patologii

Oleg Reif

inspicient v divadle

Václav Štekl

herec v divadelní hře

Miloš Willig

herec v divadelní hře

Milan Jonáš

redaktor, Hamplův kolega

Viktor Maurer

dirigent divadelního orchestru

Zdeněk Svěrák

kritik na představení

Ladislav Smoljak

kritik na představení

Zdeněk Blažek

novinář

Vítězslav Černý

řezník/muž v livreji

Jaroslav Tomsa

tajný policista

Josef Burda

vojenský kapelník

Zdena Burdová

asistentka režie

Jan Cmíral

policista

Jana Hana Duffková

herečka v zákulisí

Karel Houska

lékař na prosektuře

Karel Hovorka

jevištní mistr

Pavel Jiras

zahradník/lokaj

Stanislav Juna

ministr

Milan Kindl

uhlíř

Petr Kopřiva

číšník

Václav Kotva

uvaděč

Pavel Fiala (2)

hudebník

I. Gazda

hudebník

František Horáček

hudebník

František Kovář

hudebník

J. Kozlík

hudebník

V. Lachman

hudebník

V. Müller

hudebník

M. Šavrda

hudebník

M. Veselý

hudebník

František Kubíček

poddůstojník

Ladislav Mrnka

poddůstojník

Michal Dohányos

novinář

Milan Muchna

novinář

Jana Sedlmajerová

novinářka

V. Slapnička

novinář

B. Bílek

novinář

Bohumil Rod

kulturista

Pavel Zradička

kulturista

J. Fabich

kulturista

Jiří Horký

kulturista

Vladimír Linka

tympánista

Luďa Marešová

šatnářka

Pavel Navara

tajný

Zdeněk Novotný

novinář/uvaděč v divadle

Eduard Pavlíček

pobočník Oscara XV.

Věra Petáková

nápovědka

Vladimír Pospíšil

velitel roty

Eva Rubínová

stevardka

Jiří Růžička st.

rekvizitář

Zdeněk Srstka

zřízenec v divadle

Karel Vítek

zřízenec v divadle

Eva Trunečková

šatnářka

Jar. Šuman

vězeň s boulí

Arnošt Böhm

dubl - artistický výkon

Vladimír Navrátil

fotoreportér

Vlastimila Vlková

návštěvnice divadla

Dubbing

Vladimír Čech

hlas dozorce

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Jaroslav Pour

Assistant Director

Stanislava Hutková, Věra Rathová

Second Unit Photography

Michal Kulič

Camera Operator

Jiří Pospíšil

Production Designer

Oldřich Bosák

Set Designer

Ladislav Winkelhöfer, Vladimír Ježek, Jiří Žebrakovský

Costume Designer

Theodor Pištěk ml.

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Sound Designer

František Fabián

Special Effects

Vladimír Dvořák

Unit Production Manager

Josef Mojžíš, Věra Winkelhöferová

Unit Production Manager

Vlasta Mathauserová

Cooperation

D. Špačková, Jitka Šulcová, Sísová, Bohumil Nový

Music

Music Composed by

Svatopluk Havelka

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Songs

Pane, vy jste vdova, Když jsem já sloužil

Songwriter

Svatopluk Havelka (Pane, vy jste vdova), lidová píseň (Když jsem já sloužil)

Writer of Lyrics

Pavel Kopta (Pane, vy jste vdova)

Singer

Petr Spálený (Pane, vy jste vdova)

Production info

Original Title

„Pane, vy jste vdova!“

English Title

You Are a Widow, Sir

Working Title

Kdo chce zabít krále

Copyright

1970

Production Year

1970

Premiere

15.01.1971

Creative Group

Karel Cop

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 9. mezinárodní festival vědecko-fantastických filmů Terst

1971
Terst / Italy
Iva Janžurová