Let Him Face the Music!

music, comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Jen ho nechte, ať se bojí

Runtime

88

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1977

Production year

1977

Premiere

07.07.1978

Language version

Czech

Director

Ladislav Rychman

Screenplay

František Vlček, Václav Pavel Borovička, Ladislav Rychman

Screenstory

František Vlček, V. P. Borovička

Summary

The second of popular actor Luděk Sobota’s “ingenious fools” is Aleš Brabec in the 1978 musical comedy Jen ho nechte, ať se bojí (Let Him Face the Music!). Like František Koudelka in comedy Jáchyme, hoď ho do stroje! (Joachim, Put Him into the Machine!) (1974), he is a young man who seems utterly inept but, with the right influence, manages to outdo himself. A timid folk art school substitute teacher, Brabec is engaged to write songs for Prague’s Theatre in the Basement. However, he falls in love with the company’s singer Marcela and is unable to concentrate on song-writing. The theatre head’s wife, the psychologist Jitka, concludes that needs to be shocked into composing. Her prognosis is correct: under pressure the young composer produces one hit after the other. However, the main song remains unwritten – it is clear that Aleš requires a powerful shot in the arm to get the job done… Ladislav Rychman, who had helmed the musical Starci na chmelu (Hop-Pickers) (1964), Dáma na kolejích (The Lady of the Lines) (1966) and Hvězda padá vzhůru (The Star Is Falling Upwards) (1974), was tasked with directing the comedy. Employing a screenplay by František Vlček and V. P. Borovička, Rychman shot an undemanding spectacle featuring the songs of Jiří Malásek and Jiří Bažant. The film, in which Helena Vondráčková takes the role of the singer Marcela, is notable for the casting of new stars from the Semafor theatre: alongside Sobota and Miloslav Šimek (the theatre’s director), another member of the comedy theatre trio, Petr Nárožný, appears in the role of Marcela’s former husband Mydloch. For his part, Sobota attempted to break free from the stereotype of the goodhearted naïf in Petr Schulhoff’s satire Já to tedy beru, šéfe! (O. K., Leave it to Me, Boss...!) (1977). However, viewers wished to see “their” comic actor in his typical role so he remained trapped in the stereotype, reinforced by his appearing alongside Šimek and Nárožný.

Synopsis

The song "Ribwort and Rosemary" by Aleš Brabec, a shy supply teacher of musical school, wins the music festival in Krumlov. The song interpreter Marcela from a Prague Theatre in Underground realizes that such songs would be exactly what their theatre needs. Soukup, the theatre general manager, invites Aleš to Prague. Aleš firstly hesitates, but finding out that his fiancée has just left him, he decides to grasp the chance and leave with Marcela. The theatre needs several songs to be ready for a new play, so Aleš has all the possible conditions and comfort to compose, he falls in love with Marcela instead, staring vacantly and doing nothing. Soukup's wife Jitka, a student of psychology, is convinced that what Aleš needs to compose good songs is not peace and silence, but fear. Soukup, principal Čermák and Marcela's ex-husband Mydloch decide to turn Aleš's life into horror. They succeed in doing so - Aleš starts to compose the longed-for songs. Despite they try hard, the final song is still missing. This makes them decide to make Aleš a murderer. Marcela reveals their plans and hides the composer in an old forlorn house. However, Soukup and Mydloch discover him soon. On entering the house, Soukup throws out a cigarette butt, and the house is ablaze in a few minutes. Aleš is involved in his work, not realizing the house is on fire. It is not before the very last minute that he comes round, demonstrating unexpected courage. He rescues both unconscious men throwing them out of the window into the fire canvas and only then he rescues himself. He delivers the longed-for final song, leaving the scene with his beloved Marcela.

Cast

Luděk Sobota

hudební skladatel Aleš Brabec

Helena Vondráčková

zpěvačka Marcela Malá

Petr Nárožný

Metoděj Mydloch, bývalý Marcelin manžel

Miloslav Šimek

ředitel divadla Karel Soukup

Vladimír Menšík

rekvizitář Václav Čermák

Jaroslava Brousková

Jitka, Soukupova manželka

Zdeněk Dítě

ředitel Lidové školy umění

Jiří Krampol

soused František Kalenda

Dana Hlaváčová

Kalendová

Mirko Musil

biletář

Eva Svobodová

bytná Pivoňková

Ladislav Žid

velitel požárníků

Lena Birková

žena ředitele školy

Eva Fiedlerová

sexbomba

Michael Hofbauer

chlapec s drakem

Arnoštka Červená

vyděšená žena

Karel Hluchý

předseda poroty

Helena Postránecká

baletka

Jaroslava Janovová

baletka

Ivana Kuchařová

baletka

Blažena Vrzalová

baletka

Pavel Římovský

herec

Libuše Vojáčková

pomocnice rekvizitáře Čermáka

Antonín Loužecký

energický muž

Pavel Rubeš

pořadatel

Miloslav Vojnar

zástupce národního výboru

Václav Hybš

kapelník

Bohumil Bayer

hudebník

Jiří Barčák

hudebník

Jan Burian (2)

hudebník

Jan Čapoun

hudebník

Ludvík Černý

hudebník

Václav Fišer

hudebník

Miloslav Helcl

hudebník

Jiří Hnyk

hudebník

Pavel Hůla

hudebník

Marcel Janecký

hudebník

Marcel Janecký ml.

hudebník

Emil Kameš

hudebník

Václav Král (hudebník)

hudebník

Jindřich Libeš

hudebník

Václav Michálek

hudebník

Jindřich Moravec

hudebník

Jiří Najnar

hudebník

Luboš Nývlt

hudebník

František Peml

hudebník

Rudolf Růžička (hudebník)

hudebník

Míla Růžek

hudebník

Jaroslav Secký

hudebník

Antonín Seiner

hudebník

Karel Slavík

hudebník

Pavel Větrovec

hudebník

Pavel Vitoch

hudebník

Pavla Zítková

hudebnice

Vladimír Anderle

windsurfing

Marie Bartáková

windsurfing

Vladimír Batěk

windsurfing

Pavel Běhounek

windsurfing

Vladimír Brož

windsurfing

Marie Epsteinová

windsurfing

Jiří Fára

windsurfing

Gerhard Gregor

windsurfing

Jindřich Hartman

windsurfing

Alice Hovorková

windsurfing

Luboš Kandrys

windsurfing

Vladimír Kubín

windsurfing

Jiří Málek

windsurfing

Antonín Mendl

windsurfing

Jaroslava Mendlová

windsurfing

Jiří Miler

windsurfing

Petr Petrička

windsurfing

Pavel Pihrt

windsurfing

Pavel Rück

windsurfing

Viktor Solařík

windsurfing

Helena Solaříková

windsurfing

Jaroslav Vála

windsurfing

Petr Zábranský

windsurfing

Zdeněk Hovorka

rogalista/windsurfing

Ing. Karel Kalina

rogalista/windsurfing

Jiří Nováček

rogalista/windsurfing

Karel Třešňák (2)

rogalista/windsurfing

Jan Volf

rogalista/windsurfing

Jiří Horák

rogalista

Břetislav Brodský

rogalista

Václav Cihla

rogalista

Ing. Jaroslav Čech

rogalista

Václav Chvála

rogalista

Jan Janeček

rogalista

Ing. Jiří Jelínek

rogalista

Milan Kašpar

rogalista

Jiří Košťál

rogalista

Jiří Kukulj

rogalista

Jiří Matouš

rogalista

Josef Mensdorff-Poully

rogalista

Jiří Nedvěd

rogalista

Jaroslav Nosek

rogalista

Josef Novák

rogalista

Ondřej Otta

rogalista

Jiří Strádal

rogalista

Jiří Žák (rogallo)

rogalista

Jiří Žák ml.

rogalista

Jiří Žalud (rogallo)

rogalista

Jana Fořtová

moderátorka hudební soutěže

Otto Kotýnek

hudebník

Arnošt Richter

hudebník

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Milan Klacek

Assistant Director

Miroslav Šnábl, Adriena Váchová

Shooting Script

Ladislav Rychman

Script Editor

Vladimír Bor

Second Unit Photography

Rudolf Jokl

Camera Operator

Václav Zajíček

Production Designer

Oldřich Bosák

Set Designer

Vladimír Foukal, Zdeněk Jeřábek, Rudolf Kinský

Costume Designer

Irena Greifová

Make-Up Artist

Jiří Budín, Jana Dolejší, Vondrašová

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Sound Designer

Ladislav Hausdorf

Special Effects

Trikový ateliér FSB

Production Manager

Eliška Nejedlá

Unit Production Manager

Jana Koubová

Unit Production Manager

Ladislav Beneš

Music

Selected Music

Julius Fučík (Marinarella)

Music Performed by

FISYO, Orchestr Václava Hybše

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO), Václav Hybš (Orchestr Václava Hybše)

Songs

Jitrocel a rozmarýn, Svatba naruby, Když má láska zelenou, Létání

Songwriter

Jiří Malásek (Jitrocel a rozmarýn), Jiří Bažant (Jitrocel a rozmarýn), Jiří Malásek (Svatba naruby), Jiří Bažant (Svatba naruby), Jiří Bažant (Když má láska zelenou), Jiří Malásek (Když má láska zelenou), Jiří Bažant (Létání), Jiří Malásek (Létání)

Writer of Lyrics

Ivan Mládek (Jitrocel a rozmarýn), Ivan Mládek (Svatba naruby), Jan Vodňanský (Když má láska zelenou), Pavel Kopta (Létání)

Singer

Helena Vondráčková (Jitrocel a rozmarýn), dětský sbor (Jitrocel a rozmarýn), Helena Vondráčková (Svatba naruby), Luděk Sobota (Svatba naruby), Petr Nárožný (Svatba naruby), sbor (Svatba naruby), Helena Vondráčková (Když má láska zelenou), Petr Nárožný (Když má láska zelenou), Luděk Sobota (Když má láska zelenou), Helena Vondráčková (Létání)

Music Advisor

Ladislav Rychman

Choreographer

Josef Koníček

Production info

Original Title

Jen ho nechte, ať se bojí

English Title

Let Him Face the Music!

Copyright

1977

Production Year

1977

Premiere

07.07.1978

Creative Group

Miloš Brož

Technical info

Format

Betacam, DVD

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 29. filmový festival pracujících – léto ´78

1978
61 měst / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 29. filmový festival pracujících – léto ´78

1978
61 měst / Czechoslovakia
Helena Vondráčková