Dogs and People

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1971

Production year

1970

Premiere

3 September 1971

Runtime

98 min

Director

Evald Schorm

Category

povídkový film

Genre

comedy, short-story

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Psi a lidé

Czech title

Psi a lidé

English title

Dogs and People

Summary

The onset of “normalisation” saw the shelving of the filmography of one of the most prominent writer-directors of the Czechoslovak New Wave, Evald Schorm (1931–1988). Schorm instead turned to a parade of television projects. These concluded in 1988 with the drama Vlastně se nic nestalo (Nothing Really Happened, AKA Killing with Kindness, 1988). The only exception is this short film project which Schorm took over after the original author, Vojtěch Jasný, emigrated. The story Nahý v trní (In a Sorry Plight) tells of a man whose carefree bathing in a river is ruined by a stray dog. In Hry lásky (Love Games) an amateur painter gets into difficulties because he worries too much about his schnauzer Rafik. In the third story, entitled Věrnost (Faithfulness), two friends’ rivalry ends with the death of a loyal, devoted pet... Although the three tales were written by Jasný, Schorm adapted them according to his authorial viewpoint. In these tales of the relations between people and dogs, he underscored themes of ordinary morality vainly fighting for survival in a world of human cruelty and ruthlessness.

Synopsis

Three short stories.

Crew and creators

Director

Evald Schorm

Second Unit Director

Vladimír Blažek

Assistant Director

Jaroslav Soukup

Screenstory

Vojtěch Jasný

Screenplay

Vojtěch Jasný

Shooting Script

Evald Schorm

Director of Photography

Jaroslav Kučera

Camera Operator

Jiří Pospíšil

Production Designer

Oldřich Bosák

Assistent Production Designer

Bohumil Nový

Art Director

Ester Krumbachová

Set Designer

Miloš Osvald, Jiří Rulík

Costume Designer

Ester Krumbachová

Make-Up Artist

Oldřich Mach

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Assistant Film Editor

Vilemína Binterová

Production Manager

Jiří Beránek

Unit Production Manager

Jaroslav Vágner, Vlasta Synkulová

Unit Production Manager

Ladislav Herz

Consultant

pplk. Ing. Karel Hartl, dr. Daniel Stanko, Karel Feřtek, Stanislav Skála, George Pokrovskij, Antonín Kodat

Cooperation

Jana Coufalová (klapka), Jaromír Komárek (fotograf)

Music

Music Composed by

Jan Klusák

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by Štěpán Koníček)

Songs

Jen pro ten dnešní den

Songwriter Sláva Eman Nováček

Život je jen náhoda

Songwriter Jaroslav Ježek
Writer of Lyrics Jan WerichJiří Voskovec
Singer Josef HlinomazHelena Růžičková

Až já půjdu do nebe

Songwriter Karel Hašler
Writer of Lyrics Karel Hašler
Singer mužský sbor

Zahučaly hory, zahučaly lesy

Singer mužský hlas

Když jsem já šel tou Putimskou branou

Singer mužský hlas

Nikdy se nevrátí pohádka mládí

Songwriter Karel Vacek
Writer of Lyrics Karel Vacek
Singer mužský hlas

Když se ten Tálínskej rybník nahání

Singer mužský hlas

Byla noc krásná májová

Singer Lubomír KostelkaHelena Růžičková

Zdálo se mi, má panenko

Singer Vlastimil Brodský

Na Šumavě je dolina

Singer mužský sbor

Kačena divoká letěla z vysoka

Singer dětský hlas

Production info

Original Title

Psi a lidé

Czech Title

Psi a lidé

English Title

Dogs and People

Category

povídkový film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

comedy, short-story

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1971

Production Year

1970

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 14 April 1970
technical Screenplay approved 29 June 1970
start of filming 4 August 1970
end of filming 4 November 1970
the first film copy approved 29 March 1971
projection approval 22 April 1971

Premiere

premiere 3 September 1971 /unsuitable for youths/ (celostátní)
premiere 9 September 1971 /unsuitable for youths/ (kino Paříž, Praha)

Creative Group

Dramaturgická skupina Miloše Brože, Miloš Brož (vedoucí dramaturgické skupiny), Výrobní skupina Ladislava Novotného, Ladislav Novotný (vedoucí výrobní skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

98 min

Original length in metres

2 778 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

colour

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech