Ring a Ring o’Roses

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1977

Production year

1977

Premiere

25 August 1978

Runtime

81 min

Category

film

Genre

children, comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Jak se točí Rozmarýny

Czech title

Jak se točí Rozmarýny

English title

Ring a Ring o’Roses

Summary

Films about filmmaking are a popular way of entertaining viewers. However, the screenwriter and director Věra Plívová-Šimková took a novel approach in 1977: while as usual the protagonist of the amusing narrative Jak se točí Rozmarýny (Ring a Ring o’Roses) is a director, a children’s films writer nicknamed Bonžůrka, the filmmaking world is seen through the eyes of children. The process of shooting the kids’ movie The Knee begins with efforts to cast the children’s roles. Bonžůrka and her assistants attempt to find them – just as Plívová-Šimková herself usually does – at auditions of promising non-actors. The female lead requires not only acting ability but also the courage to have her head shaved. Bonžůrka’s story is that of a 12-year-old girl who after a serious viral disease has lost all of her hair – and is recovering at her grandparents’ place in the summer… The trying movie role is finally given to the courageous Rosemary Pavlíčková, whose whole world comes crashing down during filming: her parents get divorced and her childhood love – Kája – starts going out with the long-haired Jana. A realistic, matter-of-fact adult world therefore casts a shadow over carefree childish frolics and friskiness. However, in the end – as usual with Plívová-Šimková – playfulness and joie de vivre triumph over serious subjects and motifs… Iva Janžurová took the lead in the film, which to a marked degree was autobiographical for the director. Dagmar Veškrnová and Jiří Lábus played her assistants. The cast of the crew included Josef Bláha (head of production), Jan Kraus (production assistant), Jiří Krampol (cameraman) and Zuzana Bydžovská (clapper girl). Rosemary was played by then 12-year-old Pavlína Mourková, who like her character had no screen experience. Her career has chiefly been in television but she had a small part in Kruh (Ring) (2001), directed by Plívová-Šimková and Drahomíra Králová.

Synopsis

The director of films for kids called Bonžůrka is scouting together with her loyal assistants Drahuška and Honza actors for her new film The Knee. Children for this film shall not be afraid and shy and they must have talent for acting. Thus the scouting is quite difficult. The most difficult is to find the main part which lost her hair after a serious illness and she has to spent the whole holiday in the countryside with a bald head resembling a knee. Although the visagist does his best an artificial baldness does not solve anything. From the selected little girls only the self-assertive Rosemary called Rozmarýna has the guts to let her long hair cut and shave off her head. Bonžůrka keeps all the time an eye on that the children don't loose their motivation and in between shooting she organizes various games or even a campfire for them. Rozmarýna's parents are getting divorced and when she visits her father in a cottage when she has two days off, her father evidently prefers his young lover to his daughter. The shooting is disturbed by raining and other minor accidents. Rozmarýna is sad because her child love Kája called Kedlubna (Turnip cabbage) is "unfaithful" to her with a pretty Jana with long hair. The shooting is over and everybody comes from the locations in the countryside back to Prague. Rozmarýna wants to be a film director one day and therefore she plays with a gang of children from her neighbourhood on film shooting as she saw the admired Bonžůrka to do it.

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Cast

Iva Janžurová

filmová režisérka zvaná Bonžůrka

Dagmar Veškrnová

asistentka režisérky Drahuška

Josef Bláha

vedoucí výroby Josef

Jiří Lábus

asistent režie Honza

Zuzana Bydžovská

klapka Lilka

Renata Mašková

skriptka Eliška

Jana Pehrová

pedagogický dozor Majka

Lenka Termerová

kostymérka Jana

Zdena Hadrbolcová

učitelka biologie

Jan Kraus

asistent výroby Jura

Nina Bártů

babička ve filmu

Jiří Kostka

dědeček ve filmu

Karel Augusta

řidič nákladního auta

Karel Novák

ředitel školy

Petr Skarke

reportér

Pavlína Mourková

Rosemary Pavlíčková zvaná Rozmarýna

Dana Vávrová

Jana Kopecká

Miloš Štorkán

Kája zvaný Kedlubna

Jiří Zahajský

Pavlíček, otec Rozmarýny

Jana Andresíková

Pavlíčková, matka Rozmarýny

Martin Benoni

asistent kamery

Kateřina Křehnáčová

Maruška

Šárka Joklová

Ivanka

Jitka Kocourková

Nanynka

Alena Becková

Iveta

Ivana Těžká

Olina

Robin Marek

Ivan

Libor Hynek

Pišta

Daniel Krátký

Ušák

Petr Marek (2)

Nyk

Jiří Petkov

tlouštík Daněček

Tomáš Petr

Adam

Michal Pouzar

Láďa

Michal Spáčil

David

Jan Cmíral

režisér v ateliéru

Jaroslav Čermák

maskér Čermáček

Ivo Černý

rekvizitář

Miroslav Matuška

rekvizitář Matuška

Zdeněk Skalický

rekvizitář

Dana Kohoutová

asistentka maskéra

Jan Garaj

osvětlovač

Miloslav Jírovec

osvětlovač

Jiří Novák

osvětlovač

Josef Procházka

osvětlovač

František Schwarz

vrchní osvětlovač

Vlastimil Kulíšek

zvukař

V. Janoušek

zvukař

Jiří Štěpánek

zvukař

Josef Záleský

zvukař

Bohuslav Sadílek

stavební služba

Jindřich Sýkora

stavební služba

Jiří Zahrádka

stavební služba

Richard Špůr

služba u kamery

V. Šimeček

služba u kamery

Aleš Václavík

asistent kamery

Jiří Fajt

dubl za dítě v brnění

Stanislava Coufalová

zrzka na konkurzu

Veronika Jeníková

Veronika na konkurzu

Sylva Kamenická

holčička na konkurzu

Juraj Zach

asistent v ateliéru

Mikuláš Křen

tříletý chlapeček

František Malý (2)

agregátník

Věra Černohorská

dubl za Pavlínu Mourkovou

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Drahomíra Králová, Miloš Kohout

Assistant Director

Jaroslav Hrubeš

Director of Photography

Emil Sirotek

Second Unit Photography

Jan Kváča

Camera Operator

Milan Kopecký

Production Designer

Jiří Matolín

Art Director

Adam Hoffmeister

Set Designer

Ivo Černý, Miloš Osvald, Jiří Rulík

Costume Designer

Irena Greifová

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Assistant Film Editor

Magda Hájková, Helena Lehovcová

Sound Designer

Dobroslav Šrámek

Titles Designed by

Adam Hoffmeister

Production Manager

Vladimír Vojta

Unit Production Manager

Ivo Pitrák, Milan Brabec

Unit Production Manager

Juraj Zach

Cooperation

Lidmila Eybergerová (klapka), Alena Červená (fotografka)

Music

Music Composed by

Petr Hapka

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by František Belfín)

Choreographer

Jiřina Kottová

Songs

Láska, nebe, peklo, ráj

Songwriter Petr Hapka
Writer of Lyrics Zdeněk Rytíř
Singer Jana Kratochvílová

Tak to má být

Songwriter Petr Hapka
Writer of Lyrics Zdeněk Rytíř
Singer Lenka Kořínková

Sekyra je za dva zlatý

Songwriter lidová píseň
Singer dětský sbor

Neviděli jste tu mé panenky

Songwriter lidová píseň
Singer dětský sbor

Šel bych za kovboje

Songwriter Petr Hapka
Writer of Lyrics Zdeněk Rytíř
Singer Miloš ŠtorkánDagmar VeškrnováDana VávrováPavlína Mourková

Production info

Original Title

Jak se točí Rozmarýny

Czech Title

Jak se točí Rozmarýny

English Title

Ring a Ring o’Roses

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

children, comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1977

Production Year

1977

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 9 February 1977
start of filming 7 March 1977
technical Screenplay approved 30 May 1977
end of filming 19 December 1977
projection approval 22 December 1977

Premiere

premiere 25 August 1978 /suitable for youths/

Creative Group

Dramaturgická skupina Oty Hofmana, Ota Hofman (vedoucí dramaturgické skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

81 min

Original length in metres

2 338 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

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 2. mezinárodní festival dětských filmů Alençon

1987
Alençon / France

Vítěz

Event: Soutěž belgických filmových distributorů Brusel

1979
Brusel / Belgium

Vítěz

Festival: 18. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1978
Zlín / Czechoslovakia
Pavlína Mourková

Vítěz

Festival: 18. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1978
Zlín / Czechoslovakia
Pavlína Mourková