The Social Lions

comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Lvi salónů

Runtime

83

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1978

Production year

1978

Premiere

01.12.1978

Language version

Czech

Director

Jaromír Borek

Summary

Screenwriter and director Jaromír Borek specialised in films for children and youth. However, Lvi salónů (The Social Lions, 1978) is a comedy about an eccentric builder from Ostrava, who encounters all the temptations of the big city while constructing a tenement building in Prague. The hero Fery strikes up a friendship with his naive colleague Pepík, with whom he shares a trailer on the building site. A cafe singer named Virginia begins to threaten Pepík’s carefree existence. The worldly-wise young woman is only interested in money and soon lures the infatuated young man into an unenviable situation. Fery helps his friend out of trouble… The lead roles were played by Josef Dvořák (Fery) and Jan Hartl (Pepík). The beautiful Virginia was portrayed by Jana Válková, while Dagmar Veškrnová played cinema usherette Helenka, the nice girl who also becomes involved in the men’s lives.

Synopsis

Hundreds of workers from various parts of the country work at a future Prague residence neighbourhood. The bricklayer Fery is known as a racy strange man that refuses to stay at a lodging house and stays in a caravan just at the construction site. At a football match an Ostravian Fery has a fight with an Slávie fan Pepík Perlík. Both of them have to pay a fine. Nevertheless, Fery is friendly and suggests Pepík making up as he realizes they know each other from work. They go together to a dance café and Pepík falls in love with a singer Viržinie. Fery arranges Pepík is taken into a work group of foreman Skácel where they are not very particular about long working hours but they can earn nice money. He also puts him up in his caravan. He reasons a rather naive Pepík his relationship with Viržinie interested only in money. Pepík wants his older friend meet a likeable cinema usherette Helenka. Fery's sceptical attitude to women is caused by his ex-girlfriend having taken his saved money for a car and then letting him down. Pepík is supposed to watch material at the construction site but instead of this he spends three nights with Viržinie. She milks five thousand crowns from him and then she disappears. The material is stolen, Fery gets it back, but the money is gone. Only Helenka brings a hope that there are also nice and decent women.

Cast

Josef Dvořák

zedník Fery Kaplan

Jan Hartl

zedník Pepík Perlík

Jana Válková

zpěvačka Viržinie

Dagmar Veškrnová

uvaděčka Helena

Zdeněk Sedláček

Přemek, Pepíkův spolubydlící

Július Vašek

mistr Skácel

Josef Hlinomaz

Lideček, majitel hausbótu

Václav Lohniský

zedník Adámek

Zdeněk Loveček

svářeč Bohouš

Vladimír Hrabánek

zedník Kryštofek

Věra Beranová

prodavačka ve foto kino

Světlana Nálepková

dívka z Alfy

Jitka Horská

dívka z Alfy

Jana Rabová

dívka z Alfy

Jitka Švandová

dívka z Alfy

Milada Vnuková

dívka z Alfy

Jindřich Hinke

mladý příslušník VB

Miluše Šplechtová

dívka podobná Viržinii

Karel Koloušek

Jindřich Jura

Zdeněk Skalický

dlouhý vrchní

Mirko Musil

Gavlík

Antonín Pokorný

muž s knírkem

Jaroslav Pešice

příslušník VB

Jan Teplý

hospodský Bouček

Václav Matějíček

chlap

Jitka Nováková

žena se psem

Milan Kindl

tlustokrký

Ladislav Ejem

hudebník v Monice

Václav Novák (hudebník)

hudebník v Monice

Karel Engel

montér

Ludvík Wolf

montér

Jiří Sládek

rváč-kaskadér

Jaroslav Šanda

rváč-kaskadér

Dubbing

Luba Skořepová

hlas ženy se psem

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Milan Kadlec

Screenstory

Karel Štorkán

Script Editor

Libuše Váňová

Second Unit Photography

Jiří Hošek

Camera Operator

Emil Hora

Production Designer

Přemek Longa

Set Designer

Marcel Kříž, Jiří Matějka, Eva Slívová

Costume Designer

Blanka Hrubešová

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Production Manager

Gustav Rohan

Unit Production Manager

Petr Čapek, Dana Dudová

Unit Production Manager

Pavel Brunclík

Cooperation

Montované stavby Praha n. p., Jaroslav Trousil, Zina Kršková, Magda Hájková, Helena Lehovcová, František Vokřál

Music

Music Composed by

Ivan Kašlík

Selected Music

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Malá noční hudba)

Music Performed by

FISYO, Orchestr Komety

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO), Jiří Kaleš (Orchestr Komety)

Songs

Pojď, svět je přece krásný, Keď som sediel s kamarátmi

Singer

Jana Válková (Pojď, svět je přece krásný), Július Vašek (Keď som sediel s kamarátmi)

Production info

Original Title

Lvi salónů

English Title

The Social Lions

Copyright

1978

Production Year

1978

Premiere

01.12.1978

Creative Group

Miroslav Hladký

Technical info

Format

35mm , Betacam

Versions

Czech