Sherlock Holmes’ Desire

comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Touha Sherlocka Holmese

Runtime

97

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1971

Production year

1971

Premiere

03.03.1972

Language version

Czech

Director

Štěpán Skalský

Screenplay

Ilja Hurník, Štěpán Skalský

Summary

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary sleuth also inspired countless other authors. One such example are the works of Czech writer, composer, musician and teacher Ilja Hurník. Four of Hurník’s short stories served as an inspiration for this 1971 crime comedy from director Štěpán Skalský. Hurník also co-wrote the script, which centres on Sherlock Holmes’ decision to retire from sleuthing and exclusively dedicate his time to playing the violin. Fortunately for us, the moderately talented violin player encounters crime, even in the world of music. This enables the retired detective to once again put his analytical mind to use… Skalský’s comedy is certainly no complex crime story, but nonetheless provides plenty of entertainment, mainly thanks to the brilliant on-screen chemistry between actors Radovan Lukavský and Václav Voska as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.

Synopsis

The genius detective Holmes is honoured by the king - in spite of it he informs Dr Watson he wants to change the job. He gets bored by crime investigation and wants to devote himself to playing the violin. Watson, passionately admiring his famous friend, is not able to tell him he is not as great in music as in criminology. Being an Opera visitor, Holmes finds out easily who knocked out the tenor singer Pizzeli by a washbowl just before the beginning of the performance. The perpetrator is a singer named Wrubelski who soon punishes himself. He starts as a back-up but his heavy cold causes his artistic flop. Holmes exercises the violin play every day and Watson quietly suffers. The manslayer, trying to kill the detective, always fails. Holmes performs at a charity garden-party. Though he manages to persuade the people of his perfect memory by replaying the whole piece after having been interrupted, he gets applause for his performance from the ladies rather for his celebrity. Being the only candidate, the disguised Holmes is accepted as an assisting violinist in the Badford symphonic orchestra. The rehearsals, conducted by the hot-tempered conductor Yawayoga, run in an atmosphere of rows and offence. Finally the conductor disappears. Holmes is right to tell the conductor has been killed by a timpanist who was jealous of a beautiful cello player. However, he cannot tell by his ear which timpani are hiding the dead body. The murderer laughs at him; so the detective finally understands he has not a fine ear for music and ceases his musical career.

Cast

Radovan Lukavský

detektiv Sherlock Holmes

Václav Voska

dr. Watson, Holmesův přítel

Vlasta Fialová

vdova Beatrice M. Abrahamová

Marie Rosůlková

lady Oberonová

Bohuš Záhorský

koncertní mistr

Eduard Kohout

dirigent Joseph

Miroslav Macháček

hudební kritik lord Biddleton

Vlastimil Brodský

zpěvák Wrubelski

Juraj Herz

dirigent Yaguo Yawayoga

Josef Kemr

tympanista Gibbs

Marie Drahokoupilová

cellistka Elisa

Václav Lohniský

místoředitel Badfordského symfonického orchestru

Václav Trégl

vrátný

Vladimír Menšík

inspektor Rawlin

Milan Riehs

tenor Antonio Pizzelli

Vladimír Stach

ředitel opery

Pavel Landovský

zločinec Zabiják

Josef Patočka

sir Arthur Conan Doyle na obraze

Josef Somr

klavírní doprovazeč

Zdeněk Hodr

lékař

Pavel Pekárek

houslista

Otto Budín

účetní

Viktor Očásek

houslista Hanwell

Ivan Vyskočil

mládeneček Willy

Václav Kotva

fagotista

Josef Hlinomaz

cellista

Vladimír Huber

koncertní mistr

Otto Šimánek

seržant

Karel Pavlík

intendant

Oldřich Velen

hobojista

Věra Ferbasová

dáma na koncertě

Klementina Zunová

dáma na koncertě

Zora Božinová

sopranistka

Stanislav Hájek

inspicient

Jiří Hálek

tajemník ministra

Milan Kindl

zločinec

Viktor Maurer

zločinec/tajný/mladík v lóži

Eduard Pavlíček

lord sbormistr

Vladimír Svitáček

bobbie /anglický strážník/

Jarmila Šmídová

sousedka v lóži

Magda Špaková

Butterfly

Stanislav Juna

asistent

Antonín Zacpal

král Jiří V.

Adolf Filip

tajný

Marie Durnová

dívka v lóži

Eugen Jegorov

policista

František Brož

hudebník

Otto Cirhan

hudebník

Josef Domažlický

hudebník

Josef Frcek ml.

hudebník

Josef Frcek st.

hudebník

Tomáš Hála

hudebník

Emil Klán

hudebník

Karel Křiváček

hudebník

Antonín Kubín

hudebník

Ladislav Kučera

hudebník

Antonín Kühnel

hudebník

Robert Kühnel

hudebník

Jiří Machula

hudebník

Karel Moudrý

hudebník

Bohumil Pešek

hudebník

Jan Polák (hudebník)

hudebník

Vendelín Průcha

hudebník

Josef Schwarz

hudebník

František Šmíd

hudebník

Václav Štadlman

hudebník

Bohumil Vratislavský

hudebník

Miloslav Vrba

hudebník

Miroslav Zídek

hudebník

Tomáš Pokorný (2)

hudebník

Luisa Kollingerová

dirigentka smíšeného sboru

Jan Pracner

kamelot

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Lada Vacková

Assistant Director

Vilém Kijonka, Věra Vláčilová

Based on

Ilja Hurník (Symfonie s úderem kotlů – povídka ze sbírky Muzikální Sherlock), Ilja Hurník (Jarní píseň, Toselliho serenáda a Fantóm opery – povídky ze sbírky Kapitolské husy)

Script Editor

Václav Nývlt

Camera Operator

Antonín Šimral

Production Designer

Milan Nejedlý

Set Designer

Zdeněk Jeřábek, Josefa Tomanová, Miloš Sršeň

Costume Designer

Theodor Pištěk ml.

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Sound Designer

Jiří Pavlík

Special Effects

Trikový ateliér FSB

Production Manager

Jan Balzer, Jiří Šebor

Unit Production Manager

Jan Šuster, Jiří Holeček

Unit Production Manager

Mach Oldřich (výroba)

Cooperation

Josef Kraus, Miloslav Mirvald, Bohumila Schmidtová, Vilemína Binterová

Music

Music Composed by

Ilja Hurník

Selected Music

Enrico Toselli (Serenáda /Serenata/), Giacomo Puccini (Manon Lescaut), Richard Wagner (Jízda valkýr), Robert Schumann (Snění /Träumerei z Kinderszenen/), Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (Jarní píseň), Joseph Haydn (Londýnská symfonie č. 94 G dur /Paukenschlag-Symphonie/)

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Songs

Když zřím vás, ctěná slečno /árie rytíře de Grieux/, Slavíček zpívá

Songwriter

Giacomo Puccini (Když zřím vás, ctěná slečno /árie rytíře de Grieux/), Ilja Hurník (Slavíček zpívá)

Writer of Lyrics

Václav Juda Novotný (Když zřím vás, ctěná slečno /árie rytíře de Grieux/), Ilja Hurník (Slavíček zpívá)

Singer

Vlastimil Brodský [dab] (Když zřím vás, ctěná slečno /árie rytíře de Grieux/), sbor (Slavíček zpívá)

Production info

Original Title

Touha Sherlocka Holmese

English Title

Sherlock Holmes’ Desire

Copyright

1971

Production Year

1971

Premiere

03.03.1972

Technical info

Format

35mm , Betacam

Versions

Czech