Ulysses and the Stars

fantastic

Typology

feature

Czech title

Odysseus a hvězdy

Runtime

85

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1976

Production year

1976

Premiere

03.09.1976

Language version

Czech

Director

Ludvík Ráža

Summary

When alien explorers mistakenly take nightmares and cats to be the highest forms of life on earth, an inquisitive 12-year-old boy named Péťa tries to set things right. Odysseus a hvězdy (Ulysses and the Stars, 1976) was sci-fi director Ludvík Ráža’s first feature film, though he had long worked in television. Based on a script by renowned screenwriter Ota Hofman, the film is set in the year 2000, when Péťa learns from his father that 25 years earlier he had also encountered an alien civilisation… The film, intended mainly for younger audiences, is intriguing thanks to its child like fantasies and Zdeněk Liška’s atmospheric music. The role of Péťa is played by Gustav Bubník, then aged 14, who was already a popular actor, having appeared in 1975 in the family television series about the magical Mr Tau. The parents are played by Alois Švehlík and Jaroslava Obermaierová.

Synopsis

It is the year 2000. The parents of twelve-year-old Péťa are worried about the boy. He has made a flying machine on the model of a bird, but it crashed when he tested it and he broke his arm. His father Míša goes back in his memories to the year 1975, when he was the same age as Péťa and also experimented with various inventions. He tells Péťa about a stone radiating a blue light which affected the workings of engines and the growth of flowers. One day the stone disappears. Míša finds it on the bottom of an aquarium by which his five-year-old sister Káťa sits drawing. The little girl claims that the stone has come from the stars. Míša and his friends break the stone open and find a little metal ball inside. After a time the ball becomes transparent, grows hugely in size and starts as it were touching and feeling things, the cat Ulysses, and the night moths outside. Then it shrinks back to its original size. Back in 2000, the father finishes his story, and Péťa looks at the halved little ball that now serves as a paperweight. Only Káťa's picture remained. When Míša grew up, he put the picture into a computer that discovered it was a map of the universe, and two hundred million years old. An object shaped like a sphere lands on the earth, and inside it there are live night moths. When a copy of Ulysses jumps through the window, Péťa realizes the truth. Twenty-five years before, the inhabitants of the stars had been looking for contact with other civilizations. Their ball has told them that the highest forms of life on Earth are cats and moths. It is clear to Péťa that someone has to tell the extraterrestrials that there are intelligent beings on Earth. When the little ball on the table becomes transparent and expands, Péťa resolutely steps inside it.

Cast

Alois Švehlík

bagrista Michal Kraus/Míša v roce 2000

Jaroslava Obermaierová

matka Krausová

Gustav Bubník

Míša, syn Krausových/Péťa, Míšův syn v roce 2000

Gabriela Hyrmanová

Káťa, dcera Krausových

Milena Dvorská

manželka dospělého Míši v roce 2000

Jaroslav Moučka

buldozerista Drnák

Richard Knotek

Rudla, Drnákův syn, Míšův kamarád

Vladimír Vondra

Martin Mašek, Míšův kamarád

Jaroslav Mareš

pracovník letištní technické služby

Stanislav Fišer

pracovník letištní technické služby

Josef Šebek

pracovník letištní technické služby

Miloš Vavruška

pracovník letištní technické služby

Jaroslav Cmíral

otec Mašek

Mirko Musil

ministr

Petr Štěpánek

strážmistr VB

Martin Růžek

nadporučík VB, vyšetřovatel

Jana Pehrová

nevěsta

Lydie Havláková

družička

Jiřina Bílá

matka nevěsty

Zdeněk Jelínek

řidič VB

Jan Kraus

svatebčan

Vladimír Ptáček

svatebčan

Bert Schneider

svatebčan

Roman Skamene

svatebčan

Josef Střecha

kameraman

Jana Boušková

pokladní na stavbě

Miriam Chytilová

brýlatá žačka

Miloš Frýba

televizní hlasatel

Ilona Jirotková

dívka s nůžkami

Karel Karas

náměstek ministra

Vít Pešina

pracovník ministerstva

Dagmar Patrasová

mladá řidička

Karel Hábl

řidič nákladního auta

Jaroslav Vavřina

harmonikář

Dubbing

Luděk Munzar

hlas Míši v roce 2000

Vít Holubec

sportovní komentář v televizi

Otakar Brousek

komentář vědeckého filmu

Alena Karešová

hlas obrazovky

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Miroslav Kubišta

Assistant Director

Robert Vacík, Dagmar Štursová

Screenstory

Ota Hofman

Screenplay

Ota Hofman

Shooting Script

Ludvík Ráža

Second Unit Photography

Karel Hejsek

Camera Operator

Michal Hvozdák

Production Designer

Jindřich Goetz

Set Designer

Jan Jindra, Jan Petrů, Václav Pošta

Costume Designer

Irena Greifová

Film Editor

Zdeněk Stehlík

Sound Designer

Emil Poledník

Special Effects

Milan Nejedlý, Jiří Šimunek, Vladimír Dvořák, Bohouš Svoboda, Ludvík Malý

Production Manager

Gustav Rohan

Unit Production Manager

Dana Dudová, Petr Čapek

Unit Production Manager

Jiřina Vaňková

Consultant

RNDr. Věra Marvanová

Music

Music Composed by

Zdeněk Liška

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Odysseus a hvězdy

English Title

Ulysses and the Stars

Copyright

1976

Production Year

1976

Premiere

03.09.1976

Creative Group

Ota Hofman

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 16. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1976
Zlín / Czechoslovakia
Gabriela Hyrmanová

Vítěz

Exhibition: 8. přehlídka filmů pro děti Ostrov nad Ohří

1976
Ostrov nad Ohří / Czechoslovakia
Gabriela Hyrmanová

Vítěz

Festival: 5. festival dětských filmů České Budějovice

1976
České budějovice / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 16. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1976
Zlín / Czechoslovakia