Love

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1973

Production year

1972—1973

Premiere

21 September 1973

Runtime

88 min

Category

film

Genre

narrative

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Láska

Czech title

Láska

English title

Love

Summary

The 1970s saw director Karel Kachyňa continue filming poetic tales, often centring on children or young people. One of these is Láska from 1973. It recounts an outpouring of love between 17-year-old Petr, who has moved to a small town with his father, a former hockey player, and a girl of the same age, Andrea. The young people’s parents, meanwhile, also succumb to their emotions; in the past they once had an affair, and now, many years later they meet as divorcees, slightly disappointed by life and on the threshold of middle age... In the movie, cameraman Josef Pávek combined colour passages with colour filters to distinguish the real world from the dream world. The roles of the young, amorous pair went to Jaroslava Schallerová and Oldřich Kaiser (the film provided him with his debut), while the parents were played by Milena Dvorská and František Velecký.

Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old students of a grammar school are supposed to write essays on "Love". The class best student Andrea writes about a patriotic love to a country as she has no experience with a partner love. She has been living alone with her divorced pretty mother Eva, a dentist, for many years. Recently, however, Eva met her former school-days love at a graduates' party, nowadays a famous hockey goalkeeper Brukner. Also his marriage fell apart; he leaves the national team and decides to leave Prague for his home town and to share flat with Eva. He takes with him his son Petr, in Andrea's age, who gets his last chance to finish a grammar school in the town. Brukner has problems with alcohol, which was probably the cause of his sport career flop. At the beginning Petr boasts in front of his school mates. This makes Andrea dislike them both. However, Petr is handsome and his girl school mates like him and help him prepare an audiovisual show in a local youth club. The programme is successful, but Petr is assailed by three jealous school mates who break his LPs. When he is interrogated, Petr does not give in he recognized the attackers and ingratiates himself with the boys. The hatred between Petr and Andrea turns into love, which is illustrated by colourful dreaming scenes. The relationship between Eva and Bruckner is disturbed by quarrels - they fancy their futures differently.

Cast

Jaroslava Schallerová

studentka Andrea Vašáková

Oldřich Kaiser

student Petr

Milena Dvorská

zubařka Eva, Andreina matka

František Velecký

Dubbing Petr Kostka
ing.Petr Brukner, Petrův otec

Hana Houbová

učitelka Myšková

Jiří Pleskot

profesor Seelinger

Vladimír Šmeral

tělocvikář

Věra Uzelacová

Irena Teubnerová, bývalá spolužačka

Helena Loubalová

Dubbing Karolina Slunéčková
Bílková, bývalá spolužačka

Zdeněk Ornest

bývalý spolužák

Lenka Kořínková

studentka Olina

Dana Kubálková

studentka Alena

Jan Kraus

student Teubner

Vlastimil Zavřel

student Milan Pešek

Michal Pospíšil

student zvaný Ringo Star

Ivo Kubečka

Bartoníček, kamarád ing. Bruknera

Hana Čížková

Saša, Bartoníčkova dívka

Jan Teplý

Rudla Teubner, manžel Ireny

Jiří Lír

výzkumník Míla

Milena Steinmasslová

studentka Milena

Jana Válková

studentka Jana

Markéta Vosková

studentka Marcela

Veronika Freimanová

studentka Veronika

Olga Potzová

studentka Bobina

Jan Holeyšovský

student Houdek

Jan Cmíral

podpraporčík VB

Jiří Hlaváč

dubl za Veleckého

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Milada Mikešová

Screenstory

Ota Hofman

Shooting Script

Karel Kachyňa

Director of Photography

Josef Pávek

Second Unit Photography

Karel Hejsek

Camera Operator

Michal Hvozdák

Production Designer

Oldřich Okáč

Set Designer

Antonín Chloupek, Vladimír Ježek, Ladislav Winkelhöfer

Costume Designer

Theodor Pištěk ml.

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Sound Designer

Jiří Lenoch

Production Manager

Karel Vejřík

Unit Production Manager

Miroslav Dousek, Karel Škop, Rudolf Mos

Unit Production Manager

Marcela Dobrovská

Music

Music Composed by

Zdeněk Liška

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by František Belfín), skupina Bukanýři

Songs

Lásko, bože, lásko

Prší, prší

Singer skupina Bukanýři

Janíčku, duše má

Singer skupina Bukanýři

Neříkej, má panenko, neříkej nic

Singer skupina Bukanýři

Otvárajte kasino

Songwriter E. Kliment
Writer of Lyrics E. Kliment
Singer sbor

Production info

Original Title

Láska

Czech Title

Láska

English Title

Love

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

narrative

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1973

Production Year

1972—1973

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 20 June 1972
start of filming 27 June 1972
technical Screenplay approved 7 August 1972
end of filming 1 March 1973
projection approval 14 March 1973

Premiere

premiere 21 September 1973

Studio

Barrandov, Hostivař

Creative Group

Dramaturgická skupina Karla Copa, Karel Cop (vedoucí dramaturgické skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

88 min

Original length in metres

2 475 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

colour

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech