How to Shoo the Death’s-head Moth

short-story

Typology

feature

Czech title

Jak se plaší Smrtihlav

Runtime

0 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1975

Production year

1975

Language version

Czech

Director

Zbyněk Brynych

Synopsis

Widowed grammar school teacher Kalousek, nicknamed by the students Smrtihlav (Death's Head Moth) because of his passion of entomology, collects at the waste-rock of a new open-cast mine minerals for his collection. He is captivated by a lamp to which the night-butterflies, another object of his collecting interest, are flying surely at night. The student Petr Loriš has little or no vocation for studying, rather he is entertainer of the class and Kalousek threatens him with the lowest mark and fail. Kalousek's son Jirka with his wife at last has got a new flat and the teacher is looking forward to get new space to his collections. But, in a shock, he finds out at a decree of a flat a signature of the new chairman of a housing association – Loriš – and he is at once persuaded that the point is, in fact, bribe. He forces the young couple to return the flat. But his daughter in law makes him believe it is out of the question – namely she is with child. Enthusiastic future grandfather soon finds out it is a lie, to be sure the daughter in law smoked and she drank with celebration by Champagne. He takes deadly offence at his son and daughter in law. He purposely examines Petr at the presence of the headmaster of the school who consents with student's failure. But son Jirka makes the professor do a bit of thinking over his distance from life of his students. Kalousek invites Petr to his home and makes an offer to prepare him for a reexamination. The student is grateful for he lacks the true interest of an adult – including his own parents.

Cast

Jiří Pleskot

profesor Kalousek zvaný Smrtihlav

Luděk Nešleha

Jirka, Kalouskův syn

Jana Gýrová

Jiřina, Jirkova žena

Otakar Brousek ml.

student Petr Loriš

Zuzana Ondrouchová

Radka, Petrova dívka

Radka Dulíková

tajemnice

Mnislav Hofmann

školník Kropáček

Václav Neužil

ředitel školy Kraus

Karel Augusta

výčepní

Monika Hálová

studentka

Jitka Libánská

studentka

Alice Tréglová

studentka

Hana Šaršová

studentka

Jana Lopatová

studentka

Leoš Slavkovský

student

René Kraus

student

Tomáš Hyka

student

Roman Hájek

student

Martin Vilt

student

Vladimír Švabík

dr.Vaněk, předseda školské komise

Dubbing

Lubor Tokoš

hlas dr.Vaňka

Mnislav Hofmann

hlas výčepního

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Zdena Pavlátová

Assistant Director

Martin Mahdal, Eva Kolářová

Screenstory

Vladimír Kalina

Shooting Script

Zbyněk Brynych

Script Editor

Oldřich Železný

Second Unit Photography

Vladimír Smutný

Camera Operator

František Kučera

Production Designer

Milan Nejedlý

Set Designer

Vladimír Mácha, Vladimír Slepička, Rudolf Příhoda

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Production Manager

Blažej Vráb

Unit Production Manager

Vlastimil Maršálek, Rudolf Mos

Unit Production Manager

Hana Holá

Consultant

Otakar Leiský, Miloslav Novák

Cooperation

Dagmar Vrbovcová, Miloslav Mirvald, Magda Hájková, Josef Kraus

Music

Music Composed by

Karel Svoboda

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO)

Songs

Vyskoč, vstávej, k nám se dej

Songwriter

Karel Svoboda (Vyskoč, vstávej, k nám se dej)

Writer of Lyrics

František Ringo Čech (Vyskoč, vstávej, k nám se dej)

Singer

Jiří Schelinger (Vyskoč, vstávej, k nám se dej), Helena Vondráčková (Vyskoč, vstávej, k nám se dej)

Production info

Original Title

Jak se plaší Smrtihlav

English Title

How to Shoo the Death’s-head Moth

Category

povídka

Typology

feature

Genre

short-story

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1975

Production Year

1975

Creative Group

Vladimír Kalina

Technical info

Versions

Czech