Adventure with Blasius

children

Typology

feature

Czech title

Dobrodružství s Blasiem

Runtime

77

Country

Czechoslovakia, German Democratic Republic

Copyright

1974

Production year

1974

Premiere

03.10.1975

Language version

Czech

Director

Egon Schlegel

Screenplay

Milan Pavlík, Fred Rodrian, Gerhard Holtz-Baumert

Summary

This co-produced children’s film from East German director Egon Schlegel remains a curiosity when it comes to Czech productions of the seventies. The film was inspired by Werner Bender’s book Mystery Trade Fair 1999. The protagonist of this fantastic narrative is Frantík Prokop, a small Czech boy who meets a strange man on a train ride to Germany. With the help of his German friend Egon, the boy finds out that it is a robot that is to be displayed in Leipzig at the trade fair. The main character to remain from the literary original was the robot Blasia, who is brought to life in the film by Leoš Suchařípa with his typical, expressive manner (although Miloš Kopecký provides the voice). In the role of Frantík we are introduced to the child-actor Petr Starý, who played in such seventies films as Přijela k nám pouť (The Funfair Has Arrived, 1973), Páni kluci (Boys Will Be Boys, 1975) and Ať žijí duchové! (Long Live Ghosts!, 1977). In the Czech-German cast a lesser role was given to the then six year old Jakub Špalek.

Synopsis

Ten-year-old František is travelling to Leipzig to visit his German friend Egon. On the train, he shares the compartment with three men. One of them, the bearded, hefty Blasius is polite but at times acts very confused. At the end station the two boys meet, but they must first of all get rid of Blasius, who lifts them up together with their luggage and carries them away. Leipzig is packed with tourists who have gathered for the famous Fair. The eccentric bearded fellow deals effectively with the traffic jam in front of the station. Blasius's fellow travellers from the train - inventors Prantl and Pirwitz, are at the fairground, boasting of their new invention and claiming it to be the greatest surprise of the entire Fair. Egon and František spend the day at the fairground following the three suspicious men from the train. They think the men are a gang of criminals who may be about to kill someone, or may even be space aliens. The boys cause lots of confusion with their actions, even more than Blasius, who is in fact a robot assembled by Prantl. Moreover, the young inventor is in love with a colleague from Czechoslovakia, Dr Veselá, and even the robot, which has got entirely out of hand, confesses its love to her. All is sorted out in the end and Blasius wins the admiration of the children at the fairground, to whom it tells fairy tales in somewhat muddled versions.

Cast

Leoš Suchařípa

Blasius, robot BLS 5003

Petr Starý

František Prokop

Mario Wojtyczka

Egon, Františkův kamarád

Dieter Wien

vynálezce inženýr Georg Prantl

Manfred Zetzsche

vynálezce inženýr Oskar Pirwitz

Wolfgang Greese

meteorolog profesor Brockmann, Egonův otec

Jana Gýrová

dr. Františka Veselá

Norbert Christian

náměstek

Zdeněk Najman

recepční

Petr Lavička

pikolík

Peter Biele

Američan

Wolfgang Desch

muž v krátkých kalhotech

Wolfgang Tiessen

gentleman

Rudolf Grabbe

muž v trabantu

Karl Jäckel

průvodčí

Milan Charvát

hotelový vrátný

Doris Schmude

žena v citroenu

Bertl Haller

žena v klobouku s třešněmi

Pedro Hebenstreit

řidič náklaďáku

Marianne Behrens

žena v trabantu

Jiřina Bílá

květinářka

Jindra Kvardová

toaletářka

Slávka Hamouzová

žena v klobouku s květinami

Uwe Lohse

mladý pianista

Januš Řehoř

řidič

Gert Gütschow

zlostný muž

Horst M. Uhle

starší muž

Ursula Fischer

uklízečka

Leslie M. Rodricks

černoch v hotelu/vědec na sympoziu

Leslie M. Rodricks

Ind s vousem

Otto Eduard Stübler

distinguovaný pán

Mojmír Ticháček

muž v autě

Ahmed Zaroug Babiker

černoch v hotelové hale

Yessir Elmardi

černoch v hotelové hale

Dubbing

Miloš Kopecký

hlas Blasia

Zdeněk Laušman

hlas Egona

Alfred Strejček

hlas Prantla

Eduard Cupák

hlas Pirwitze

Otakar Brousek

hlas Brockmanna

Martin Růžek

hlas náměstka

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Mojmír Ticháček

Assistant Director

Jiří Světlík, Gerda Eggers-Ebert, Dagmar Zelenková

Based on

Werner Bender (Záhada veletrhu 1999 /Messeabenteuer 1999/ – román)

Shooting Script

Claus Dobberke, Egon Schlegel

Second Unit Photography

Klaus Groch

Camera Operator

Wilfried Tafel

Production Designer

Bohumil Pokorný, Manfred Böhme

Set Designer

Antonín Chloupek, Vladimír Ježek, Fritz Stemmer, Ladislav Winkelhöfer, Žák Jiří (2)

Costume Designer

Stella Drozdová

Sound Designer

Milan R. Novotný

Special Effects

Jiří Šimunek

Production Manager

Zdeněk Oves, Oscar Ludmann

Unit Production Manager

Gabor Dorsch, Radomír Hubáček, Heinz Schwoch, Věra Lukášová

Unit Production Manager

Jiřina Soběhartová

Cooperation

Lenka Mojžíšová, Josef Vítek, Štěpánka Stříbrná, Petr Pištěk

Music

Music Composed by

Günter Hauk

Selected Music

Johann Strauss ml. (Cikánský baron), Petr Iljič Čajkovskij (Labutí jezero), Fryderyk Chopin (Minutový valčík)

Songs

Cikánský baron jsem já

Songwriter

Johann Strauss ml. (Cikánský baron jsem já)

Singer

Leoš Suchařípa [dab] (Cikánský baron jsem já), Miloš Kopecký (Cikánský baron jsem já)

Production info

Original Title

Dobrodružství s Blasiem

English Title

Adventure with Blasius

Parallel Title

Abenteuer mit Blasius

Copyright

1974

Production Year

1974

Premiere

03.10.1975

Technical info

Format

35mm

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 15. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1975
Zlín / Czechoslovakia
Egon Schlegel