The Ponies of Karlovy Vary

narrative

Typology

feature

Czech title

Karlovarští poníci

Runtime

62

Country

Czechoslovakia, Federal Republic of Germany

Copyright

1971

Production year

1971

Premiere

10.09.1971

Language version

Czech

Director

Jiří Hanibal

Screenplay

Ota Hofman, Paul Schallück

Summary

Screenwriter Ota Hofman was a successful author who was involved in a number of successful co-productions with West German filmmakers. His most regular Czech collaborator was the director Jindřich Polák but children’s comedy Karlovarští poníci (The Ponies of Karlovy Vary, 1971) was directed by Jiří Hanibal. The director ably developed the concept laid down by the film’s foreign producers, creating a warm narrative about a friendship between a German girl and a Czech boy that was set around prominent beauty spots in Czechoslovakia, notably the west Bohemian spa town of Karlovy Vary. The father of the German girl Angelika (Barbara Land) is a guest at a local hotel. The girl befriends Kája (Vladimír Zátka), the receptionist’s son. He helps her to fulfil her dreams of owning an endearing pony. Horst Thomas starred as Angelika’s father while the role of Kája’s mother was played by Karolina Slunéčková.

Synopsis

Angelika, a ten years old daughter of a spa visitor Bachmann is terribly bored in Carlsbad spa. Her father enjoys different spa procedures, trying to lose some weight, but the little girl feels to be only waiting for something to enjoy. Moreover, she cannot speak any Czech unlike her father. Kája, a son of the hotel receptionist Vlasta, attempts to amuse her despite he cannot speak German. Both children make friends although there is the language barrier. They make trips around the city and outside. Seeing a horse race, Angelika longs for a little pony. Once at night the girl wakes up in the hotel room alone and she goes to look for her father. She finds him in the hotel bar over a glass of beer and a plate of salami non-dietary. A wealthy and loving father promises to buy her a pony on condition she doesn't tell her mother. However, to find a nice pony is not easy. They put an advertisement in a newspaper, Kája's friends, Carlsbad children help by making posters, but nothing seems to work. An old circus pony is blind and too old. Local children in a nearby village do not want to sell their beautiful pony to a foreign girl. Eventually, an old village grandpa brings a pony directly to the hotel, because the horse is too difficult for him to take care of. The pony likes Angelika, accompanying her wherever she might go. Mr Bachmann generously pays for the damages the lively horse had made while staying in the grocery and sweetshop, and they finally return back home with the pony on a small cart.

Cast

Barbara Land

německá školačka Angelika Bachmann

Vladimír Zátka

kluk Kája

Karolina Slunéčková

hotelová recepční Vlasta, Kájova matka

Horst Thomas

lázeňský host Bachmann, otec Angel

Jiří Hálek

zaměstnanec zoo

Vladimír Jedenáctík

bývalý artista Štěpán Vondráček

Zdeněk Kryzánek

masér Pavlík

Ela Šilarová

stará dáma

Zdeněk Tůma

Kájův kamarád Franta

Antonín Zacpal

číšník Hubert

Jiří Hartman

Alois Vaculík

Jiří Lír

recepční

Josef Šebek

mladík

František Hájek (dítě)

vesnický kluk

Heidi Henkel

dívka s raketou

Karel Karas

Francouz

Zdeněk Procházka (kouzelník)

kouzelník a manipulátor

Milan Řepa

žonglér

Miluše Řepová

žonglérka

Libuše Zátková

myčka v kuchyni

Josef Šilha

venkovský kluk

Karel Šilha

venkovský kluk

Ladislav Šilha

venkovský kluk

Libuše Šilhová

vesnická dívka

Zdena Dančíková

konferenciérka

Vladimír Navrátil

čtenář novin

Táňa Václavová

Jana

Ladislava Tchamundjiová-Nováková

Indka

Liliana Stanglerová

Vaculíkova dcera

Ivetta Stanglerová

Vaculíkova dcera

Zdeněk Šilha

Vaculíkův syn

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Karel Kovář

Assistant Director

Dagmar Nováková

Based on

Paul Schallück (Karlsbade Ponnys – povídka)

Shooting Script

Jiří Hanibal

Second Unit Photography

Václav Helliman

Camera Operator

Bohumil Vodička

Production Designer

Bohuslav Kulič

Set Designer

Bedřich Čermák, Miroslav Kupsa, František Straka

Costume Designer

Jan Kropáček

Film Editor

Zdeněk Stehlík

Sound Designer

František Černý

Production Manager

Petr Čapek, Rolf Kralovitz

Unit Production Manager

Milana Melcerová, František Štěpánek

Unit Production Manager

Tomáš Gabriss

Cooperation

Alexandra Tachezyová, Jindřich Panáček, Jana Šimůnková, Věra Líznerová

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Sternwald

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Karlovarští poníci

English Title

The Ponies of Karlovy Vary

Parallel Title

Karlsbade Ponnys

Copyright

1971

Production Year

1971

Premiere

10.09.1971

Creative Group

Ota Hofman

Technical info

Format

Betacam

Versions

Czech