A Risk-Formula Driver

drama, psychological

Typology

feature

Czech title

Jezdec formule risk

Runtime

89

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1973

Production year

1972 – 1973

Premiere

07.09.1973

Language version

Czech

Director

Antonín Kachlík

Screenplay

Antonín Kachlík, František Vlček

Screenstory

František Vlček

Summary

The story of a young delinquent who ruins his life – and whom society fails, despite its best efforts to put him on a straight path. This 1973 film typifies normalisation-era efforts to present a new kind of morality and pro-regime ideology on-screen. Directed by Antonín Kachlík, the main protagonist of the piece, Jiří Hudeček (played by the lesser-known Alexej Okuněv), dreams of a career as a motor racing driver. Instead, he makes a living stealing cars. After his criminal band is caught, he ends up sentenced to hard labour at a quarry mine, but even this “good-for-the-soul” environment, filled with manual labourers, fails to rid Hudeček of his bad habits. The very appearance of this anti-hero suggest a youngster corrupted by imperialist dreams and notions of profit without work. Explosives manager Beran (Ladislav Večeřa), helps Jiří to try to find the correct way forward, and offers audiences the acceptable model of a conscientious workhorse.

Synopsis

Jirka Hudeček wins a car race and receives congratulations from his friends. Here the dream ends, and the young man realizes that he is facing a court trial together with other members of his gang of thieves. Jirka is the only one to be put on probation; the others - including Rosmery, Jirka's secret love - go to jail. Jirka's parents have never taken much care of him. His father slaps him in the face on leaving the court hall, but Jirka immediately hits back. The young man starts to work in a quarry, keeping to dream about a car racing career. He irritates his co-workers by his rebellious views, cynicism, and even by his long hair. Only the charge man Beran takes care of him, though he soon finds out that Jirka could easily commit another theft. Being influenced by Mr Beran, Jirka starts to change his negative attitude. The members of the gang return from prison. Rosmery makes use of Jirka's affection as well as his mania for cars, and talks him into another crime - a car theft. Car mechanic Janeček then disassembles the stolen cars, selling the components. The last one to come back from prison is the gang leader and Rosmery's partner Jacek. He forces Jirka to participate in the robbery in a museum, threatening him to reveal his assistance at other thefts. A night action ends up by arresting the whole gang. Upon hearing the verdict of imprisonment, Jirka is slapped in his face again. This time he does not hit back, because the one to slap him is Mr Beran - a man who gained his respect. At last, he starts crying. He realizes that his life has been irretrievably spoilt.

Cast

Alexej Okuněv

lamač Jiří Hudeček

Ladislav Večeřa

střelmistr Svatopluk Beran

Marta Rašlová

Marie Růžičková zvaná Rosmery

Roman Skamene

Ludvík Strejček zvaný Prcek

Ladislav Křiváček

lamač Macháček

Jiří Krampol

lamač Hrbek

Václav Brtna

lamač Sodomka

Miroslav Homola

mistr v lomu Janota

Vladimír Švabík

předseda ZV ROH Mazač

Jana Gýrová

kantýnská Valentová, Beranova přítelkyně

Alena Kryštofková

kadeřnice Zdena

Ivan Řehák

vůdce party Karel Malina zvaný Jacek

Jiří Pleskot

automechanik Janeček

Václav Král

vrátný v hotelu Esplanade

Jaroslav Drbohlav

recepční v hotelu Esplanade

František Kubíček

soudní zřízenec

Roman Holát

prokurátor

Josef Langmiler

otec Jiřího

Jiří Žák

příslušník VB v gazu

Jaroslav Toť

starší příslušník VB

Jan Kuželka

příslušník VB

Josef A. Stehlík

hlídač v muzeu

Jana Boušková

kadeřnice Jana

Olga Skálová

královna ve snu

Eva Trunečková

Zdenina matka

Karel Smrž

starší harmonikář

Ivan Šlapeta

řidič bílé škodovky

Dubbing

Petr Svojtka

hlas Jiřího

Eva Trejtnarová

hlas Marie

Josef Bláha

hlas Sodomky

Jiří Holý

hlas soudce

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Věra Pištěková

Shooting Script

Antonín Kachlík

Script Editor

Libuše Váňová

Second Unit Photography

Richard Valenta

Production Designer

Milan Nejedlý

Set Designer

Zdeněk Jeřábek, Rudolf Kinský, Pavel Šťastný

Costume Designer

Bedřich Dlouhý

Make-Up Artist

František Čížek

Sound Designer

František Fabián

Production Manager

Jan Balzer

Unit Production Manager

Zdeňka Černá, Mach Oldřich (výroba)

Unit Production Manager

Alena Lípová

Cooperation

Josef Kraus, Miloslav Mirvald, Ivana Nevolová

Music

Music Composed by

Karel Svoboda

Selected Music

František Kmoch (Na motoru /kvapík/)

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Songs

Život je dráha, Bílé tulipány, Tak pouze láska kouzlit umí, Maminko, mámo

Songwriter

Karel Svoboda (Život je dráha), Karel Svoboda (Bílé tulipány), Karel Svoboda (Tak pouze láska kouzlit umí)

Writer of Lyrics

Jiří Štaidl (Život je dráha), Vladimír Poštulka (Bílé tulipány), Vladimír Poštulka (Tak pouze láska kouzlit umí)

Singer

Karel Gott (Život je dráha), ženský sbor (Život je dráha), Naďa Urbánková (Bílé tulipány), Milan Drobný (Tak pouze láska kouzlit umí), sbor (Maminko, mámo)

Production info

Original Title

Jezdec formule risk

English Title

A Risk-Formula Driver

Working Title

Pláču, protože jsem blbec

Copyright

1973

Production Year

1972 – 1973

Premiere

07.09.1973

Creative Group

Vojtěch Trapl

Technical info

Format

35mm

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 12. festival českých a slovenských filmů Nitra

1974
Nitra / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 24. filmový festival pracujících – červen ´73

1973
45 měst / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 24. filmový festival pracujících – červen ´73

1973
45 měst / Czechoslovakia