The Pythagoreans

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1973

Production year

1972—1973

Category

povídka

Genre

short-story

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Film state

lost film

Original title

Pytagorejci

Czech title

Pytagorejci

English title

The Pythagoreans

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 only some screenplays and some photographs from the story.

Cast

Vladimír Brabec

profesor matematiky Danda

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

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

Script Supervisor

Anna Lackovičová

Screenstory

Vladimír Kalina

Script Editor

Karel Štorkán

Director of Photography

Jan Čuřík

Second Unit Photography

Oldřich Hubáček

Camera Operator

Stanislav Šťastný

Production Designer

Zbyněk Hloch

Assistent Production Designer

Jiří Matolín

Set Designer

Jiří Rulík

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Assistant Film Editor

Vilemína Binterová

Sound Designer

Jiří Hora

Production Manager

Ludmila Tikovská

Unit Production Manager

Vlastimil Maršálek, Jiří Ulrich

Unit Production Manager

René Mattes

Cooperation

Josefina Špačková (klapka), Jan Kuděla (fotograf)

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Šust

Music Performed by

FISYO

Production info

Original Title

Pytagorejci

Czech Title

Pytagorejci

English Title

The Pythagoreans

Category

povídka

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Film state

lost film

Genre

short-story

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1973

Production Year

1972—1973

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 10 July 1972
end of filming 24 July 1972
start of filming 20 April 1973
projection approval 28 May 1973 (povídka neschválena do distribuce)

Premiere

premiere neproběhla

Creative Group

Dramaturgická skupina Oty Hofmana, Ota Hofman (vedoucí dramaturgické skupiny), Výrobní skupina Věry Kadlecové, Věra Kadlecová (vedoucí výrobní skupiny)

Technical info

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,66

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech