Sketchbook Etudes

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1978

Production year

1978

Runtime

20 min

Category

film

Genre

narrative

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionstudent filmshort

Original title

Etudy do skicáku

Czech title

Etudy do skicáku

English title

Sketchbook Etudes

Synopsis

Majka didn't make it to fine art school and is for the moment selling hot dogs at the fast-food bar. She is staying with her married sister Jana and is a little in the way there. One of her customers, a nice doctor called Volráb, is courting Majka and invites her over to his place. He lives in a luxurious flat but the paintings on the walls, some of them gifts from patients who are artists, have been chosen according to their price rather than quality. Majka falls in love with Volráb and decides that her future lies with him, but he has concealed from her the existence of his wife Helena, who refuses to divorce him and even plans to join him on his journey to Greece, where the doctor intends to go to and work for three years. Majka meets Tomáš a film directoring student and lets him stay over in her room after a drinking party. The young man starts to grow fond of her but Jana warns him that Majka is going to marry a doctor and is intending to go abroad with him. Majka, however, is soon to be deeply disappointed. Helena's threats and emotional blackmail have managed to sway her husband. And with his planned journey likely to bring him considerable material gain, he drily dumps Majka. A sculptor, Majka's friend, is mixing plaster in his studio. His wife is hanging out the nappies. Majka observes them through a keyhole with a smile.

Cast

Alois Švehlík

MUDr. Volráb

Ivan Pokorný

student režie Tomáš

Alena Procházková

Jana, Majčina sestra

Oldřich Vlach

Míra, Janin muž

Stanislava Bartošová

Helena, Volrábova žena

Eva Trunečková

sochařova žena

Mirko Musil

zákazník Musil

Crew and creators

Director of Photography

Jaroslav Brabec

Film Editor

Jan Svoboda

Production Manager

Alena Karešová

Pedagogical management

Ludvík Ráža (režie), Viola Zelenková (produkce), Alois Fišárek (střih), Jiří Macháně (kamera)

Cooperation

Vladimír Blažek, Martina Krýslová, Jiří Pech, Ján Stejskal, Anna Svobodová, Jan Vyčítal

Music

Music Composed by

archivní

Music Advisor

Ivo Bláha

Songs

Honey, Honey

Songwriter Benny AnderssonBjörn UlvaeusStig Anderson
Writer of Lyrics Benny AnderssonBjörn UlvaeusStig Anderson
Singer Anni-Frid LyngstadAgnetha Fältskogskupina ABBA

Production info

Original Title

Etudy do skicáku

Czech Title

Etudy do skicáku

English Title

Sketchbook Etudes

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionstudent film

Genre

narrative

Student film

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1978

Production Year

1978

Production

Studio FAMU

Technical info

Duration typology

short film

Duration in minutes

20 min

Original length in metres

550 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech