Monkey’s Playtime

comedy, satire

Typology

feature

Czech title

Hop – a je tu lidoop

Runtime

87

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1977

Production year

1977

Premiere

10.02.1978

Language version

Czech

Director

Milan Muchna

Screenplay

Miloš Macourek, Milan Muchna

Screenstory

Miloš Macourek

Summary

In the second half of the 1970s a number of comedies were produced that attempted, employing humorous detachment, to criticise the shortcomings of contemporary society, including petit bourgeois mores, bribery and the theft of socialist property. Such pictures, characterised by superficial, untargeted satire, emerged because vigilant censorship made genuine criticism impossible. One example was Hop – a je tu lidoop (Monkey’s Playtime), which was co-authored by Miloš Macourek. 1977 was a particularly productive year for the highly-regarded screenwriter, with three films based on Macourek’s screenplays reaching the screen. Alongside the noteworthy anti-war sci-fi film Zítra vstanu a opařím se čajem (I’ll Get Up and Scald Myself with Tea Tomorrow) (dir. Jindřich Polák), he also had a hand in the comedy Což takhle dát si špenát (How About a Plate of Spinach?), by his favoured collaborator Václav Vorlíček – and Milan Muchna’s Monkey’s Playtime. The latter was overshadowed by its two predecessors, mainly due to the person of the director, who was making his feature-length debut. While Mucha had directed one of the stories in Profesoři za školou (Teachers Playing Truant), the demands of a fairy tale-style fantasy full of effects proved beyond his range. Around the fairy tale figure of a genie in a lamp able to grant all wishes, Macourek created the story of crooked provincial butcher Tureček. He rips off his customers and dips into the till but attempts to cover up his cheating with the help of the genie, who allows him to turn adversaries into chimpanzees. The butcher’s daughter Blanka and her schoolmate Ondra put a stop to Tureček’s repeated cheating of the innkeeper Merta… While the older generation is capable of compromises and even fraud, the conscious youth in the film come across as naturally good and determined to make the world a better place. The film remains attractive thanks to its cast: the genie is played by Josef Kemr, while Josef Somr and Josef Vinklář take the roles of the adversaries; the youngsters are played by Vladimír Dlouhý and Monika Hálová.

Synopsis

Grammar school students are finishing last layout of a zoo-park, where the chimpanzee Bonifác is placed soon. The daughter of the butcher Tureček, Blanka is preparing a birthday party. She would like to see Ondra, but he proved in public while shopping that Tureček is cheating. Tureček is nervous, he is awaiting an inspection but he misses fifty thousand crowns in the cash desk. He asks the inn-keeper Merta for a loan in vain. The fisherman Fuksa fishes in the creek an old bottle and he sells it to Merta. When Merta opens it, a djinn appears, who can fulfil all his wishes. Merta does not hesitate and uses the djinn immediately. His son Viktor brings this bottle by mistake to Blanka's birthday party at the Turečeks home. Tureček gets hold of the djinn. He wants more property and money to cover the shortage in the cash-desk. He lets change Merta into a chimpanzee, and he also wants to square accounts with Ondra who accused him of dishonesty. He lays a trap for the boy in the pub and he says he is a thief. In the sudden uproar the old bottle breaks down and the djinn moves to a tonic bottle which Ondra takes. The djinn is happy at Ondra's place because he helps only with good things. On the other hand all goes wrong at the Turečeks. Blanka sees her father all of a sudden from another point of view and she starts to search for other values, which Ondra talked with her about. Ondra changes Tureček into a chimpanzee in order to avoid prison for the occurred shortage. During the festive opening of the zoo-park all chimpanzees get back their human faces and the entire city is laughing at the swindlers. But Blanka and Ondra are happy and therefore the bottle with the djinn disappears. Maybe it will appear one day at some other place...

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Cast

Josef Kemr

Džin

Josef Vinklář

řezník František Tureček

Josef Somr

hostinský Josef Merta

Vladimír Dlouhý

Ondra Pavlík

Monika Hálová

Blanka, Turečkova dcera

Otakar Brousek ml.

Viktor, Mertův syn

Josef Větrovec

soused Vondra

Karolina Slunéčková

Svatava, Vondrova žena

Světla Amortová

babička Vondrová

Zdena Hadrbolcová

Julie, Turečkova žena, Blančina matka

Gabriela Vránová

Věra, Mertova žena, Viktorova matka

Marie Rosůlková

matka Mertové

Karel Vochoč

pracovník MNV Jindřich Kulich

František Blahoňovský

Láďa Kulich

Josef Dvořák

listonoš Pepa Homola

Václav Lohniský

rybář Fuksa

Ivan Vyskočil

holič René Kutílek

Jiří Lábus

Mařík

Jan Teplý

Ing. Dvořáček

Miloslav Šimek

profesor Bouček

Jaroslava Tichá

Kulichova žena

Miriam Hynková

Pavlíková, Ondrova matka

Jiří Hálek

Jan Pavlík, Ondrův otec

Ferdinand Krůta

číšník

Karel Augusta

ředitel továrny na hračky

Jan Kuželka

prodavač v řeznictví

Jitka Zelenohorská

zákaznice v řeznictví

Ludmila Roubíková

zákaznice Mádlová

Jiří Růžička

otylý mladík

Mnislav Hofmann

děda Kostečka

Patricie Limberská

Zuzanka

Libor Loder

Koňas

Roman Hájek

Králík

Ljuba Krbová

servírka Božena

Mirko Musil

hlídač

Jiří Cerha

instruktor

Roman Hemala

kontrolor v řeznictví

Vladimír Pospíšil

kontrolor v řeznictví

Jiřina Zemanová

stará drbna

Helena Brichová

dívka manekýnka

Petra Skálová

dívka manekýnka

Magdalena Suchá

dívka manekýnka

Waldemar Linder

hromotluk

Ludvík Wolf

hromotluk

Miroslav Vydlák

Petříček

Karel Bodnár

mladý zákazník

Josef Braun

tlouštík

Miluše Hošková

učnice

Marie Hrdličková

kadeřnice

Gabriela Najmanová

stará zákaznice

Naděžda Očenášková

fešná zákaznice

Vít Pešina

muž s knírem

Zdeněk Skalický

host v hospodě

Karel Smrž

host v hospodě

Angelo Michajlov

host v hospodě

Josef Střecha

muž se psem

Zdeněk Srstka

nadstrážmistr VB

Jaroslav Vlk

strážmistr VB

Libuše Kosová

kaskadérka

Alois Kříž

kaskadér

Gustav Svoboda

kaskadér

Dubbing

Jiří Císler

hlas kontrolora

Crew and creators

Director

Milan Muchna

Second Unit Director

Josef Ryzec

Assistant Director

Josef Jarolímek, Kateřina Lukášová, Zdenka Barochová

Screenstory

Miloš Macourek

Shooting Script

Milan Muchna

Script Editor

Libuše Váňová

Second Unit Photography

Michal Kulič

Camera Operator

Milan Kopecký

Production Designer

Zbyněk Hloch

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Sound Designer

Adolf Nacházel

Production Manager

Jaroslav Řeřicha

Unit Production Manager

Miroslav Dousek, František Jaderník

Unit Production Manager

Jana Prokopcová

Music

Music Composed by

Angelo Michajlov

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO)

Songs

Hop – a je tu lidoop, Jen tak, Kolem mne je lidí, Láska zůstává, Proč ten jetelíček roste u vody, Už troubějí na horách jeleni, Čtyři koně ve dvoře, Kam chodí skrýt se láska

Songwriter

Angelo Michajlov (Hop – a je tu lidoop), Angelo Michajlov (Jen tak), Angelo Michajlov (Kolem mne je lidí), Angelo Michajlov (Láska zůstává), Angelo Michajlov (Kam chodí skrýt se láska)

Writer of Lyrics

František Ringo Čech (Hop – a je tu lidoop), Aida Brumovská (Jen tak), František Ringo Čech (Kolem mne je lidí), Aida Brumovská (Láska zůstává)

Singer

Jiří Schelinger (Hop – a je tu lidoop), Hana Zagorová (Jen tak), Jiří Schelinger (Kolem mne je lidí), Hana Zagorová (Láska zůstává), sbor (Proč ten jetelíček roste u vody), sbor (Už troubějí na horách jeleni), Jiří Hálek (Čtyři koně ve dvoře), Jiří Lábus (Čtyři koně ve dvoře), Jan Teplý (Čtyři koně ve dvoře), Karel Gott (Kam chodí skrýt se láska)

Production info

Original Title

Hop – a je tu lidoop

English Title

Monkey’s Playtime

Copyright

1977

Production Year

1977

Premiere

10.02.1978

Creative Group

Miroslav Hladký

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 16. filmový festival mladých Banská Bystrica

1978
Banská Bystrica / Czechoslovakia
Milan Muchna