The Pythagoreans

short-story

Typology

feature

Czech title

Pytagorejci

Runtime

0 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1973

Production year

1973

Language version

Czech

Director

Tomáš Svoboda

Synopsis

Students are meeting up in front of a station. They are going on a school trip to Karlštejn led by Professor Danda. Everyone is dressed casually and has a knapsack. Only Zachar and Zach are in dark suits, bowties, and shiny patent-leather shoes. They even carry black umbrellas. Professor Danda has a sense of humour, calmly accepts their joke and in the same way tries to put up with their "philosophical" speculations and comments. The two students loudly praise a Pythagorean theorem as a superb literature. At Karlštejn, Zach and Zachar accidentally become witnesses at a wedding of a young soldier and his even younger bride. On the riverbank, they create a feast for the penniless newlyweds out of their fellow students' lunchboxes. Only a miserly fat fellow refuses to give up his sandwich, and so the two practical jokers put a worm they picked up from a fishing rod between his hidden slices of bread and butter. The bride's parents spoil the celebration. The wedding is taking place against their will and they are determined to catch the fleeing couple. Finally everyone - the students, the young couple, parents and the professor, end up fully dressed in the river, and swim down the Berounka and then the Vltava all the way to Prague. They pass Vyšehrad, swim under four bridges, and end up in the small Čertovka (Devil's) stream. There, Zach and Zachar praise the school trip and mutual tolerance between the students and the professor. Professor Danda takes out a handle and closes the door on the entire story behind him. (Contents based on the technical script)

Note

This short story should have originally been a part of the film Graduation out of School. In the double-track phase the screenplay failed to get through the authorization process; it was deemed too long and its grotesque take on the subject was not considered well suited to the other tree scripts. It was decided that the story would be included in another planned series on school subjects entitled Professors out of School. In the end it was never shown and its film materials are considered lost. In the collections at the National Film Archives, there are some screenplays and some photographs from the story.

Cast

Vladimír Brabec

profesor matematiky Danda

Eva Čeřovská

nevěsta

Jan Kotva

ženich-vojáček

Kateřina Macháčková

dívka se srdcem

Josef Brozman

kluk

Taťána Radechovská

dívka v čepici

Oldřich Velen

oddávající úředník

Luba Skořepová

čtenářka

František Řehák

otec nevěsty

Libuše Havelková

matka nevěsty

Viktor Maurer

fotograf

Zora Božinová

ředitelka školy, Dandova manželka

Jan Kuželka

tlouštík

Jiří Balvín

student

V. Dussová

studentka

L. Hašlerová

studentka

P. Chaloupková

studentka

I. Janouchová

studentka

T. Kubeš

student

Petr Mändel (2)

student

J. Mayer

student

P. Skořepa

student

Al. Svobodová

studentka

J. Švejda

student

Stanislav Šupka

student

Vl. Veber

student

Eva Vytlačilová

studentka

Alena Zelinková

studentka

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Zdena Pavlátová

Assistant Director

Ondřej Friedl, Anna Lackovičová

Screenstory

Vladimír Kalina

Script Editor

Karel Štorkán

Second Unit Photography

Oldřich Hubáček

Camera Operator

Stanislav Šťastný

Production Designer

Zbyněk Hloch

Set Designer

Jiří Rulík

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Sound Designer

Jiří Hora

Production Manager

Ludmila Tikovská

Unit Production Manager

Vlastimil Maršálek, Jiří Ulrich

Unit Production Manager

René Mattes

Cooperation

Josefina Špačková, Jan Kuděla, Vilemína Binterová, Jiří Matolín

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Šust

Music Performed by

FISYO

Production info

Original Title

Pytagorejci

English Title

The Pythagoreans

Category

povídka

Typology

feature

Genre

short-story

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1973

Production Year

1973

Technical info

Versions

Czech