Good Morning, Town!

narrative

Typology

feature

Czech title

Dobrý den město

Runtime

77

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1976

Production year

1976

Premiere

31.12.1976

Language version

Czech

Director

Jiří Hanibal

Screenplay

Tomáš Tintěra, Jiří Hanibal

Screenstory

Tomáš Tintěra

Summary

Director Jiří Hanibal is primarily known for his children’s films. Though a lesser-known work, Dobrý den město (Good Morning, Town!) is a worthy 1976 film that tells the story of a group of residents of the city of Kladno. The metropolis of Czechoslovakia’s industrial iron production industry serves as a perfect mid-70s backdrop for an ideologically “correct” tale of ordinary working class folk. Hanibal and screenwriter Tomáš Tintěra offer up four central protagonists spanning several generations. These include a young driver and soon-to-be father; a divorced single father bringing up an 11-year-old son; a foreman at the local iron mill going into retirement; and an elderly couple about to move into an apartment block. While the individual stories naturally conform to the ideological message sought by those in charge of the country’s cinema output, nonetheless a rare document of life in Kladno is unwittingly presented, showcasing the plight of an industrial town hit hard by pollution and the degradation of human individuality. The haunting music score by Luboš Fišer offers a distinct contrast to the outwardly positive stories portrayed on the screen.

Synopsis

The town is waking up. The bus driver Josef Král is saying goodbye to his wife Věra who is in a state of advanced pregnancy. At the rolling mill, the master craftsman Mareš is preparing for retirement, which is now only two days away. Elderly Šimon who grows and sells vegetables at the market has problems with his wife. Their little home has to give way to a new development but the wife Šimonka refuses to move out. The chairman of the workers'council has troubles with the miner Adam, who has started drinking. He doesn't know that Adam is getting divorced and fears he may lose his young son to his wife. His fears are soon confirmed and the wretched man opens his heart to the chairman and tells him that his now ex-wife has taken the boy. The chairman promises to help him, but only if he gets back to work. Mareš is also troubled. His younger son Honza has decided to give up his studies but has no idea what should he be doing. In a fit of anger, Mareš throws his son out of the house. Honza stops by at a friend's wedding party, where he meets a young girl, Magda. They dance together the entire night and during their early morning walk in the park they feel close to each other. Magda's optimism helps Honza recover his taste for life and he decides to complete his studies. The Šimon couple finally move to their new home, but the Šimonka is unhappy. In the evening, the husband drives their pregnant young neighbour Věra to the maternity hospital. When he returns home, his wife is gone; she has moved to their son's house. It is morning again. The town is pulsating with everyday life, in which joy alternates with sorrow and excitement with tranquillity.

Cast

Alois Švehlík

havíř Adam

Marie Málková

Marcela, Adamova manželka

Petr Starý

Martin, Adamův syn

Jaroslav Moučka

mistr ve válcovně Karel Mareš

Věra Tichánková

Marešova žena

Antonín Procházka

student Honza, syn Marešových

Arnošt Faltýnek

zelinář Šimon

Marie Motlová

zelinářova žena zvaná Šimonka

Vítězslav Jandák

řidič autobusu Josef Král

Kateřina Macháčková

Věra, Josefova manželka

Karel Gult

gynekolog Míla, starší syn Marešových

Karel Augusta

vedoucí provozu inženýr Michálek

Ferdinand Krůta

předseda závodní rady Zdeněk Moutelík

František Němec

advokát JUDr. Slavík

Marcela Nohýnková

Eva, Mílova žena

Dáša Neblechová

jeřábnice

Martin Hron

řidič František

Milan Hein

Luděk, Honzův kamarád

Jiřina Bílá

sousedka Šimonových

Vlastimil Čaněk

předák na dole Rudolf Mašek

Bořík Procházka

Halama, Karlův kolega na oslavě

Karel Fridrich

valcíř

Pavel Jiras

valcíř

Bohumil Koška

valcíř

Dana Balounová

svačinářka

Zdeněk Deyl

svatebčan

Evžen Illín

svatebčan

Šárka Jerieová

svatebčanka

Milan Pěkný

svatebčan

Žofie Veselá

svatebčanka

Vlasta Žehrová

svatebčanka

Helena Černá

svatebčanka

Adam Černý

svatebčan

Ivan Vorlíček

Jirka Melichar, Martinův spolužák

Vanda Švarcová

zdravotní sestra

Alena Augustová

dělnice

Jarmila Horská

servírka

Jaroslav Wagner

vrátný garáží

Karel Smrž

harmonikář

Ljuba Konvalinková

maminka

Karel Šott ml.

výčepní

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Milan Jonáš

Assistant Director

Irena Klausová, Milena Kropáčková

Screenstory

Tomáš Tintěra

Script Editor

Vladimír Bor

Second Unit Photography

Václav Helliman

Camera Operator

Bohumil Vodička

Production Designer

Jiří Hlupý

Set Designer

Jan Jindra, Václav Pošta, Jan Petrů

Costume Designer

Marta Kaplerová

Film Editor

Zdeněk Stehlík

Sound Designer

Roman Hloch

Production Manager

Karel Kochman

Unit Production Manager

Petra Havlínová, Ladislav Beneš

Unit Production Manager

Pavel Mangl

Music

Music Composed by

Luboš Fišer

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO), František Belfín (FISYO)

Songs

Čtyři páry bílých koní, Už troubějí na horách jeleni

Songwriter

Karel Vacek (Čtyři páry bílých koní)

Singer

sbor (Čtyři páry bílých koní), sbor (Už troubějí na horách jeleni)

Production info

Original Title

Dobrý den město

English Title

Good Morning, Town!

Copyright

1976

Production Year

1976

Premiere

31.12.1976

Creative Group

Miloš Brož

Technical info

Versions

Czech