The Girl Robinson

narrative

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Robinsonka

Runtime

77 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1974

Production year

1974

Premiere

27.12.1974

Language version

Czech

Director

Karel Kachyňa

Summary

Novelist Marie Majerová’s Robinsonka (The Girl Robinson, 1940) has twice been adapted for the silver screen. On the first occasion, in 1956, it was director Jaromír Pleskot who took up the assignment, while 18 years later old hand Karel Kachyňa gave it a go. The heroine of this family film set in the 1930s is 14-year-old Blažena, a girl who tragically loses her mother during the birth of an eagerly awaited second child. While the baby is left in a care institution for infants, the teenage girl strives to cope with the intrigues of the household. She is helped by her favourite book, Robinson Crusoe, and by the maid Tonička. And on the horizon is Blaženka’s first love – student Jarda Duchoň… Miroslava Šafránková, then 16, is tremendous in her first leading role. Petr Kostka plays the part of the father and Jaroslava Obermaierová embodies the faithful Tonička. Vladimír Dlouhý continues with his career as a child actor in the role of Jarda.

Synopsis

The thirties of the twentieth century. Blažena, a fourteen years old daughter of a Prague taxi driver Jaroslav Bor, receives a telegram from her father and has to leave the summer camp. She is looking forward to being at home - she just got a brother. At home she learns devastating news - her mother died after the childbirth. The baby boy Petr stays in an infant nursery unit and Blažena has to put up not only with her grief but also with the housework. She has to learn to cook, to do shopping, to wash, and also to manage money because the economic depression is just starting. She has to make up with the fact she will not be able to study. Blažena's help is her favourite book - Robinson Crusoe. She imagines she is on a deserted island and her fantasy helps her to overcome the difficulties. After a while she meets a maid Tonička, who helps her by advice and practical help. Also her friend Jarda Duchoň who used to send her letters at the summer camp comes up. Now he is waiting for her while she is shopping and he teaches her to bike. The time is passing by and there is Christmas. Blažena falls ill, her father and Tonička care for her. Her girl friends come to visit her and they bring a poem from Jarda. Blažena has lost all love for him when she saw him biking with another girl. Bor and Tonička decide to get married and they take the baby boy from the infant nursery unit. Blažena is happy; Tonička has been her devoted Friday. Blažena will be also able to go back to school.

Cast

Miroslava Šafránková

Blažena Borová

Petr Kostka

taxikář Jaroslav Bor, Blaženin otec

Jaroslava Obermaierová

služebná Tonička

Vladimír Dlouhý

kvintán Jarda Duchoň

Marie Horáková

Maďa Smutná, Blaženina kamarádka

Jitka Vitnerová

Zorka Ledková zvaná Ledeček

Zdena Lacinová

Julka Havlínová

Vilma Ascherlová

profesorka

Renata Borová

ošetřovatelka

Jaroslav Heyduk

taxikář Hoznourek

Ladislav Gzela

flašinetář

Miroslav Chorvát

muž s deštníkem

Eduard Pavlíček

prodavač ovoce

Jan Šenfluk

houslista

Zlata Adamovská

spolužačka

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Milada Mikešová

Assistant Director

Zdeněk Flídr, Jana Goetzová

Based on

Marie Majerová (Robinsonka – román)

Screenplay

Ota Hofman

Shooting Script

Karel Kachyňa

Camera Operator

Karel Hejsek

Production Designer

Oldřich Okáč

Set Designer

Bohdan Kysil, Vladimír Mácha, Vladimír Slepička

Costume Designer

Theodor Pištěk ml.

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Sound Designer

Jiří Lenoch

Production Manager

Jaromír Lukáš

Unit Production Manager

Miroslav Dousek, Věnceslava Vacková

Unit Production Manager

Milena Horáková

Cooperation

D. Skřivánková, Miroslav Pešan, Magda Hájková, Ruth Čálková, Václav Hlávka

Music

Music Composed by

Zdeněk Liška

Selected Music

Georges Bizet (Carmen /Toreadore smělý/)

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Robinsonka

English Title

The Girl Robinson

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

narrative

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1974

Production Year

1974

Premiere

27.12.1974

Creative Group

Ota Hofman

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

77 min

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 15. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1975
Zlín / Czechoslovakia
Miroslava Šafránková

Vítěz

Festival: 15. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1975
Zlín / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 10. mezinárodní festival filmů pro děti a mládež Teherán

1975
Teherán / Iran

Vítěz

Festival: 15. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1975
Zlín / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 3. mezinárodní festival televizních programů pro děti a mládež Prix Danube Bratislava

1975
Bratislava / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 15. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1975
Zlín / Czechoslovakia
Miroslava Šafránková