Six Bears and Cibulka

children, comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

6 medvědů s Cibulkou

Runtime

85

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1972

Production year

1972

Premiere

29.12.1972

Language version

Czech

Director

Oldřich Lipský

Screenplay

Miloš Macourek, Oldřich Lipský

Screenstory

Miloš Macourek, Oldřich Lipský

Summary

Director Oldřich Lipský’s lifelong love of the circus ring spilled over from filming performances to comedies such as Cirkus bude! (Show Is On!, 1954) and Cirkus v cirkuse (Hurly-Burly in a Circus, 1975), and to feature film documentary Cirkus jede (Go Circus!, 1960). It also manifested itself via a script for the television series Cirkus Humberto (which, following Lipský’s death, was filmed in 1988 by František Filip). But of all his circus stories, audiences expressed the greatest acclaim for Lipský’s comedy Šest medvědů s Cibulkou (Six Bears and Cibulka, 1972), based on a script co-written with experienced screen writer Miloš Macourek. This writer also had a hand in other Lipský films, including Muž z prvního století Man from the First Century, 1961); Kdo chce zabít Jessii? (Who Wants to Kill Jessie?, 1966); Happy end (1967); Zabil jsem Einsteina, pánové… (I Killed Einstein, Gentlemen!, 1969); “Čtyři vraždy stačí, drahoušku” (Four Murders Are Enough, Darling, 1970); Slaměný klobouk (Straw Hat, 1971) and Dívka na koštěti (The Girl on the Broom, 1971). Six Bears and Cibulka underscored the ability of this experienced duo to create quality entertainment – free of regime ideology and propaganda – even during the “normalisation” era as it played out at Barrandov studios. The title protagonist of this entertaining romp is circus clown Cibulka, who has found fame with his act involving performing bears. But, under pressure from the competition, the six furry stars are exchanged by the circus manager for six trained pigs. Cibulka is given the boot and finds new work dressed as a woman – as a cook in a school canteen. The pig act does not go down very well, and thanks to the intervention of some children, Cibulka and the bears (who have managed to escape) are returned to the circus ring... The animal stars made this project a challenge to film (they included Cibulka’s own domesticated chimp Tonda). Six Bears and Cibulka benefits from a phenomenal acting performance by the director’s brother Lubomír Lipský, who entertains viewers with various disguises. In this timeless classic, director Oldřich Lipský also utilises several other top-notch performers, including Miloš Kopecký, Jiří Sovák, Jan Libíček and František Filipovský.

Synopsis

Circus director Bonifác has two trained bears solving arithmetical tasks that he has elicited from three children sitting in the audience - Honza, Jarda and Marcela; in fact, it is their homework, which they would like the bears to do for them. The audience starts laughing when it turns out that the popular clown Cibulka and his friend, chimpanzee Tonda, have been hidden in the bears' skins. Real bears come after that and do their act: bemoaning the presumably dead Cibulka, they carry him away from the arena, humming a mournful melody. Then comes Švihák, the sleek director of another circus, and wheedles the bears out of Bonifác in an exchange for trained pigs. However, the pig acts are a fiasco. The children find a new job for the clown; disguised as a woman, Cibulka becomes the new cook at their school. The bears, who have managed to escape from a train coach, come to the school in search of Cibulka. Seeing them, the chairwoman faints; the trained bears lay her and also the caretaker on a trolley and, humming a mournful melody, carry them away to the teacher's office. In the meantime, mischievous Cibulka fills in for both of them. He polishes the floor in the corridor so much that the headmaster, school inspector and both circus directors trailing the bears slip on it. The real bears and the children wearing Cibulka's bear skins turn the school topsy turvy. The children make Švihák sign a pledge that he will swap the bears back for the pigs. They are then rewarded by a special free performance.

Cast

Lubomír Lipský

klaun Cibulka/školník Hadraba

Jiří Sovák

ředitel školy Roubal

Miloš Kopecký

Švihák, ředitel cirkusu

Jan Libíček

Bonifác, ředitel cirkusu

František Filipovský

školní inspektor

Zora Polanová

třídní učitelka

Darja Hajská

uklízečka Nagelvogelwunderbandíková

Václav Kotva

učitel přírodopisu

Václav Štekl

učitel tělocviku

Zdeněk Srstka

zřízenec Rudolf

Josef Vytasil

Bohoušek zvaný Buřtík, Bonifácův syn

Renata Bauerová

Marcela Dittrichová

Jan Kunstýř

Honza Kábrt

Jan Míškovský

Jarda Hanousek

Tomáš Muchka

Ríša

Vladimír Kunz (2)

Petr

Václav Halama

železničář/dubl za medvěda

Jaroslava Haderková

dubl za medvěda

Helena Peterová

dubl za medvěda

Zdeněk Boubelík

dubl za medvěda

Mojmír Miler

dubl za medvěda

Michal Vostřez

dubl za medvěda

S. Kadeřábková

dubl za medvěda

P. Marek

dubl za medvěda

Z. Utěšilová

dubl za medvěda

Josef Engel

hudebník-kaskadér

Karel Engel

hudebník-kaskadér

Zlatomil Fabinyi

hudebník-kaskadér

Jiří Kasík

hudebník-kaskadér

Milan Kindl

hudebník-kaskadér

Jaroslav Pšenička

hudebník-kaskadér

Jiří Sládek

hudebník-kaskadér

Stanislav Tůma

hudebník-kaskadér

Oldřich Vlasák (2)

hudebník-kaskadér

Jaroslav Vlk

hudebník-kaskadér

Ludvík Wolf

hudebník-kaskadér

Ferdinand Berousek

drezér medvědů

Josef Chval

artista na bruslích

Št. Klumperová

plastická akrobatka

E. Tichá

plastická akrobatka

K. Dvořák

artista

I. Dvořáková

artistka

Jar. Dvořák

artista

V. Dvořák (artista)

artista

M. Dvořáková

artistka

A. Janeček

artista

J. Berousek

dubl za L. Lipského

K. Berousek

dubl za L. Lipského

Jan Kurčík

dubl za L. Lipského

M. Mlčák

dubl za L. Lipského

Augustin Růžička

dubl za L. Lipského

Karel Vítek

dubl za L. Lipského

A. Mlčáková

dubl za D. Hajskou

G. Nemeth

dubl za L. Lipského

Yvetta Kornová

spolužačka

medvěd Valoš

medvěd Máša

medvěd Máňa

medvěd Regina

medvěd Džony

medvěd Ilona

šimpanz Zoly

manželé Mlčákovi

drezéři šimpanze

vepř Tonda

vepř Vašek

vepř Pepík

vepř Šmudla

František Zapletal (2)

drezér vepřů

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Aleš Dospiva

Assistant Director

Michal Vostřez, Marie Hejzlarová

Based on

František Kožík (Cirkus U tří slunečnic – kniha)

Shooting Script

Oldřich Lipský

Second Unit Photography

Antonín Holub

Camera Operator

Bohumír Schwarzer

Set Designer

Ivo Černý, Miloš Osvald, Jiří Rulík

Costume Designer

Theodor Pištěk ml.

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Sound Designer

Josef Vlček

Titles Designed by

Vladimír Dvořák

Production Manager

Ladislav Novotný

Unit Production Manager

Jan Vild, Václav Havlík

Unit Production Manager

Martin Betoni

Consultant

Rudolf Tichý, Antonín Berousek

Cooperation

Věra Kadeřábková, Jan Kuděla, Jitka Šulcová, Československé cirkusy a varieté

Music

Music Composed by

Vlastimil Hála

Selected Music

Johann Strauss (Radeckého pochod /Radetzky-Marsch/)

Music Performed by

FISYO, Orchestr Karla Vlacha

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (Orchestr Karla Vlacha)

Songs

Castaldo

Songwriter

Rudolf Nováček (Castaldo)

Production info

Original Title

6 medvědů s Cibulkou

English Title

Six Bears and Cibulka

Working Title

Děti chtějí Silvestra

Copyright

1972

Production Year

1972

Premiere

29.12.1972

Creative Group

Ota Hofman, Jiří Šebor

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Event: Řád Sdružení českých cirkusů a varietních umělců

1999
Praha / Czech Republic
Lubomír Lipský st.

Vítěz

Festival: 10. mezinárodní filmový festival FEST ´80 Bělehrad

1980
Bělehrad / Serbia

Vítěz

Festival: 14. mezinárodní filmový festival Panama

1976
Panama / Panama

Vítěz

Event: 14. mezinárodní soutěž filmů pro děti Gijón

1976
Gijón / Spain

Vítěz

Event: Múzy pražských diváků

1975
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Oldřich Lipský

Vítěz

Festival: 8. mezinárodní filmový festival Moskva

1973
Moskva / Russia

Vítěz

Festival: 13. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1973
Zlín / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 13. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1973
Zlín / Czechoslovakia