The Man with an Eagle and a Chicken

narrative

Typology

feature

Czech title

Muž s orlem a slepicí

Runtime

80

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1978

Production year

1978

Premiere

22.12.1978

Language version

Czech

Director

Ivo Novák

Screenplay

Miroslav Rafaj, Milan Ležák

Screenstory

Miroslav Rafaj

Summary

Twenty-three year-old Martin has an eagle tattooed on his chest, but his colleagues in a land improvement work party tell him they see it as a chicken. The insecure young man is certainly not the brave lad he’d like to be seen as: he’s abandoned his wife Božena with a small son and feels jealousy towards her, even though he himself lives with the salesgirl Manča. The immature Martin’s guide on the road to adulthood turns out to be the criminal Kvíčala, who comes to bolster the work group after his release from prison... This adaptation of the Slepá kolej (Blind Track) short stories by writer Miroslav Rafaj is the work of director Ivo Novák. The main role in this 1978 motion picture is played by Svatopluk Skopal. The part of Manča is taken by Jana Brejchová and Naďa Konvalinková stars as the protagonist’s wife. The colourful work gang features Radoslav Brzobohatý, Josef Bláha and Jiří Lábus.

Synopsis

Twenty-three-years-old Martin Holík works in soil drainage gang and shares lodgings in a trailer with the other workers. From time to time he stays over with the attractive thirty-year-old Manča, the local shop assistant. Just as the tattoo on his chest reminds the others more of a chicken than of an eagle, so Martin himself is more of an immature boy than the grown-up man that he would like to be seen as. His insecurity has been the cause of his unfounded jealousy and distrust of his wife Božena, and he has run away from their home village leaving her behind with their young son. Manča tries to blackmail him intoto a divorce by claiming she is pregnant. The confused Martin returns to his trailer. Forty-year-old Kvíčala, fresh out of prison, has joined the group. His arrival is celebrated with a feast. Kvíčala doesn't suspect that the goat he has caught and roasted belongs to Manča. His apology is not accepted very politely but to Martin's annoyance the two grow close and Martin even gets into a fight with Kvíčala only to suffer defeat. Božena arrives with Martin's father to visit him. Hnátek, who has given her a lift, is the very man that Martin is so jealous of. The visit ends in a fight, a slap, and Božena's escape. Martin regrets his behaviour and decides to return home. Kvíčala drives him to the station and the barrier of resentment between them drops on the way. Kvíčala admits that he once lost his temper so badly that he killed his wife's lover. Later, hidden in a tree, Martin looks in at the window of his home to check if Božena doesn't have a man there. Has he returned home as a grown-up man or a boy with an inferiority complex?

Cast

Svatopluk Skopal

traktorista Martin Holík

Jana Brejchová

prodavačka Marie Uliková zvaná Manča

Radoslav Brzobohatý

traktorista František Kvíčala

Naďa Konvalinková

Božena, Martinova žena

Jan Kraus

Čenda Hnátek

Josef Bláha

parťák meliorační čety Paták

Roman Skamene

člen meliorační čety Lojzík

Jiří Lábus

člen meliorační čety Jéňa

Miroslav Homola

člen meliorační čety Kolaja

Lenka Kořínková

dojička Růžena

Jitka Zelenohorská

dojička Jiřina

Adolf Filip

Holík, Martinův otec

Marcela Martínková

Holíková, Martinova matka

Karel Augusta

skladník

Josef Beyvl

Dvořák

Miloslav Šindler

traktorista

Robert Vrchota

předseda JZD

Raoul Schránil

hostinský

Vladimír Navrátil

muž v hospodě

Vladimír Linka

muž v hospodě

František Kubíček

muž v hospodě

Rudolf Kalina

muž v hospodě

Jaroslav Fišer

muž v hospodě

Josef Calta

muž v hospodě

Miriam Kantorková

žena v hospodě

Jiřina Bílá

zákaznice v obchodě

Václav Kotva

Vařečka

Jožka Stoklasa

výčepní

Karel Hovorka

pracovník JZD

Slávka Hamouzová

bufetářka

Dubbing

Tomáš Holý

hlas malého Míry

Miroslav Moravec

hlas vousatého muže

Crew and creators

Director

Ivo Novák

Second Unit Director

Milan Vácha

Assistant Director

Jiří Potsch, Jaroslava Fišerová

Screenstory

Miroslav Rafaj

Based on

Miroslav Rafaj (Slepá kolej – sbírka povídek)

Shooting Script

Ivo Novák

Script Editor

Václav Šašek

Second Unit Photography

Kamil Kadeřábek

Camera Operator

Michal Hvozdák

Production Designer

Jaroslav Krška

Set Designer

Rudolf Beneš, Josef Calta, Petr Matouš

Costume Designer

Svatava Sophová

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Sound Designer

Josef Vlček

Production Manager

Jiří Pokorný

Unit Production Manager

Vlasta Synkulová, Jan Milič

Unit Production Manager

Jan Kočí

Consultant

Vladimír Petřík, Ludvík Uher

Cooperation

Stanislava Kadlecová, Meliorační družstvo Praha-západ, Magda Hájková, Alena Červená, Jiří Trojan (2)

Music

Music Composed by

Petr Hapka

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO)

Songs

Konec, platím útratu, Pepi, ta koza nedojí, Já mám pár tónů, O ševci /Jeden kos, to byl kos/

Songwriter

Petr Hapka (Konec, platím útratu), Petr Hapka (Já mám pár tónů)

Writer of Lyrics

Zdeněk Rytíř (Konec, platím útratu), Zdeněk Rytíř (Já mám pár tónů)

Singer

Jiří Schelinger (Konec, platím útratu), dětský sbor (Konec, platím útratu), mužský sbor (Pepi, ta koza nedojí), Hana Zagorová (Já mám pár tónů), Svatopluk Skopal (O ševci /Jeden kos, to byl kos/)

Production info

Original Title

Muž s orlem a slepicí

English Title

The Man with an Eagle and a Chicken

Copyright

1978

Production Year

1978

Premiere

22.12.1978

Creative Group

Karel Cop

Technical info

Format

35mm , Betacam

Versions

Czech