How to Shoo the Death’s-head Moth

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1975

Production year

1975

Runtime

32 min

Category

povídka

Genre

short-story

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionmedium

Original title

Jak se plaší Smrtihlav

Czech title

Jak se plaší Smrtihlav

English title

How to Shoo the Death’s-head Moth

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

Mnislav Hofmann

školník Kropáček

Václav Neužil

ředitel školy Kraus

Karel Augusta

výčepní

Jitka Libánská

studentka

Alice Tréglová

studentka

Hana Šaršová

studentka

Jana Lopatová

studentka

Leoš Slavkovský

student

René Kraus

student

Tomáš Hyka

student

Martin Vilt

student

Vladimír Švabík

Dubbing Lubor Tokoš
dr.Vaněk, předseda školské komise

Dubbing

Mnislav Hofmann

hlas výčepního

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Zdena Pavlátová

Assistant Director

Martin Mahdal

Script Supervisor

Eva Kolářová

Screenstory

Vladimír Kalina

Shooting Script

Zbyněk Brynych

Script Editor

Oldřich Železný

Director of Photography

Jiří Tarantík

Second Unit Photography

Vladimír Smutný

Camera Operator

František Kučera

Production Designer

Milan Nejedlý

Assistent Production Designer

Josef Kraus

Set Designer

Vladimír Mácha, Vladimír Slepička, Rudolf Příhoda

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Assistant Film Editor

Magda Hájková

Production Manager

Blažej Vráb

Unit Production Manager

Vlastimil Maršálek, Rudolf Mos

Unit Production Manager

Hana Holá

Consultant

Otakar Leiský, Miloslav Novák

Cooperation

Dagmar Vrbovcová (klapka), Miloslav Mirvald (fotograf)

Music

Music Composed by

Karel Svoboda

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by Štěpán Koníček)

Songs

Vyskoč, vstávej, k nám se dej

Songwriter Karel Svoboda
Writer of Lyrics František Ringo Čech
Singer Jiří SchelingerHelena Vondráčková

Production info

Original Title

Jak se plaší Smrtihlav

Czech Title

Jak se plaší Smrtihlav

English Title

How to Shoo the Death’s-head Moth

Category

povídka

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

short-story

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1975

Production Year

1975

Creative Group

Dramaturgická skupina Vladimíra Kaliny, Vladimír Kalina (vedoucí dramaturgické skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

medium length film

Duration in minutes

32 min

Original length in metres

899 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,66

Colour

colour

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech