The Deluding Games of Love

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1971

Production year

1970

Premiere

22 October 1971

Runtime

111 min

Category

povídkový film

Genre

historical, comedy, short-story

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Hry lásky šálivé

Czech title

Hry lásky šálivé

English title

The Deluding Games of Love

Working title

Nebe peklo ráj / Lásky hry šálivé


Summary

Many filmmakers have been drawn to the challenge of adapting Giovanni Boccaccio’s 14th-century masterwork The Decameron. Screenwriter and director Jiří Krejčík attempted to couple one of the stories from The Decameron with one from The Heptameron, a later collection of works written by Marguerite of Navarre that was inspired by the great storyteller of the Italian Renaissance. The film Hry lásky šálivé (The Deluding Games of Love, 1971) thus comprises two stories, Arabský kůň (Arabian, 1971) and Náušnice (Earrings, 1971), two comical narratives about marital infidelity. In the first, a tight-fisted nobleman deservedly forfeits the fidelity of his beautiful wife. In the second, a pretty chambermaid scoops some valuable jewellery while a bored noble couple have marital issues. Krejčík’s legendary precision and craftsmanship produced a costume-and-comedy drama that won over audiences in the early stages of the post-1968 “normalisation” period with timeless entertainment. The film’s appeal could only be increased by the cast, led by Miloš Kopecký and Slávka Budínová.

Synopsis

Two short stories.

Cast

Miloš Kopecký

messer Francesco Vergellesi

Božidara Turzonovová

Sandra, Francescova manželka

Jozef Adamovič

Dubbing Eduard Cupák
Ricciardo Minutolo

Jan Přeučil

císařský kurýr

Ilona Jirotková

komorná Bianca

Rudolf Chromek

klenotník

JUDr. Jaroslav Blažek

šlechtic

Emil Rohan

šlechtic

Jiří Vašků

šlechtic

Eva Bezděková

šlechtična

Jana Andrsová

tanečnice

Eva Boubelíková

tanečnice

Bohuslava Dvořáčková

tanečnice

Aja Farkačová

tanečnice

Zuzana Gančevová

tanečnice

Jitka Hamerníková

tanečnice

Jarmila Handlová

tanečnice

Marcela Hrušková

tanečnice

Gabriela Kaclerová

tanečnice

Alexandra Koutná

tanečnice

Zdena Návratová

tanečnice

Helena Postránecká

tanečnice

Jarmila Rašilovová

tanečnice

Čálková

tanečnice

Čížková

tanečnice

Divišová

tanečnice

Djordjevičová

tanečnice

Fousová

tanečnice

Josieková

tanečnice

Jurková

tanečnice

Kalčíková

tanečnice

Kameníčková

tanečnice

Němcová

tanečnice

Rousková

tanečnice

Samková

tanečnice

Naděžda Zátková

tanečnice

Zdeněk Boubelík

tanečník

Josef Cmíral

tanečník

René Gabzdyl

tanečník

Petko Gančev

tanečník

Jaroslav Hrdlička

tanečník

Karel Klement

tanečník

Ladislav Kouklík

tanečník

Miroslav Kovář

tanečník

Jaroslav Šmída

tanečník

Otakar Šnajdr

tanečník

Jan Špachta

tanečník

Vladimír Štúr

tanečník

Jiří Urych

tanečník

Bednarič

tanečník

Eichler

tanečník

Filip

tanečník

Froněk

tanečník

Hilmera

tanečník

Jirásek

tanečník

Kvasňa

tanečník

Mihina

tanečník

Mikula

tanečník

Míšek

tanečník

Morávek

tanečník

Nocar

tanečník

Schärf

tanečník

Slíva

tanečník

Šašinka

tanečník

Šichtař

tanečník

Zeman

tanečník

Commentary

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Zeno Dostál

Assistant Director

Marie Zahradníková

Based on

Giovanni Boccaccio (Dekameron – povídka z knihy), Markéta Navarrská (Heptameron – povídka z knihy)

Director of Photography

Jaromír Šofr

Second Unit Photography

Petr Čech

Camera Operator

Bohumil Rath

Production Designer

Karel Škvor

Set Designer

Dvořák Josef (výprava)

Costume Designer

Theodor Pištěk ml.

Make-Up Artist

Anežka Kunová

Sound Designer

Emil Poledník

Production Manager

Ladislav Hanuš

Unit Production Manager

Radomír Hubáček, Rudolf Mos

Unit Production Manager

Jiří Promberger

Consultant

Jana Budíková

Cooperation

Eva Truchlá, Zdeněk Dukát

Music

Music Composed by

Zdeněk Liška

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by František Belfín),

Choreographer

Josef Koníček

Production info

Original Title

Hry lásky šálivé

Czech Title

Hry lásky šálivé

English Title

The Deluding Games of Love

Working Title

Nebe peklo ráj / Lásky hry šálivé

Category

povídkový film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

historical, comedy, short-story

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1971

Production Year

1970

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 15 April 1970
technical Screenplay approved 10 June 1970
start of filming 28 August 1970
end of filming 21 November 1970
the first film copy approved 15 April 1971
projection approval 05/1971

Premiere

festival premiere 10 June 1971 (22. filmový festival pracujících – léto ´71)
premiere 22 October 1971

Creative Group

Dramaturgická skupina Vojtěcha Trapla, Vojtěch Trapl (vedoucí dramaturgické skupiny), Výrobní skupina Ladislava Novotného, Ladislav Novotný (vedoucí výrobní skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

111 min

Original length in metres

3 150 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Versions

Czech