Fly, Bird, Fly!

children, narrative

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Leť, ptáku leť!

Runtime

79 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1978

Production year

1978

Premiere

01.06.1979

Language version

Czech

Director

Jiří Hanibal

Summary

A cycling tour during the school holidays is the setting for this summer comedy made by experienced creator of children’s films Jiří Hanibal. Eighth-grade Pioneers (scouts) are riding under the leadership of the unpopular Mr Vambera. He, indirectly, has caused the original organiser of the trip to Slovakia – young PE teacher Bodlák – to fall foul of injury. During their travels through Slovakia, however, the pupils find out that Mr Vambera is not the killjoy they imagined him to be... This 1978 film rather lays it on thick that the adolescents are members of the Pioneer movement, but otherwise it is an amusing motion picture that provides Jiří Pleskot with the opportunity of a lifetime when it comes to the role of Mr Vambera. Gustav Bubník and Magda Reifová are, meanwhile, cast as Pioneers. The then 16-year-old Ondřej Vetchý debuts in a nameless role.

Synopsis

The end of school year and holidays are approaching. Tonda Navrátil, an 8th grade pupil, brought a live hen instead of vegetables as a model for a drawing lesson. Teacher Vambera does not realize they are on the third floor and throws it out of a window saying: "Fly, bird, fly!" Teacher Bohoušek driving off on his motorbike and catching sight of the flying hen has an accident. He breaks his leg and gets to a hospital. The cycling-trip to Slovakia originally planned by Bohoušek for 8th grade pupils has to be taken care of by Vambera. First the pupils feel disappointed by exchanging their young witty physical training teacher for the other older arid one. They were, however, looking forward to a competition and final meeting of Czech and Slovak communist youth clubs in the Slovak town Banská Bystrica and so all of them except three pupils go. The three "renegades" secretly go the same direction though they travel a part of the journey by train. Vambera, who worked as a teacher in pre-war Slovakia, surprises them by his energy, wit, and understanding for them. In the village Liptov Vambera meets his former pupil, now a co-op farm chairman. He, the village people, and pupils prepare for Vambera a beautiful birthday party. The trip-takers arrive to Banská Bystrica city just in time to celebrate Tonda's triumph in several sports disciplines. Delighted children jump into a pool and Vambera joins them.

Cast

Jiří Pleskot

učitel Vambera

Gustav Bubník

Olda Kořínek

Jindra Bartošová

Markéta Světlíková

Ivan Vorlíček

Břéťa

Michal Dymek

Tonda Navrátil

Vladimír Vondra

Matěj Skála

Radoslava Stupková

Požárková

Magda Reifová

Jana Vaňková

Ladislav Mrkvička

učitel tělocviku Bohoušek Bodlák

Jaroslav Vrzala

předseda JZD Michal Kováč

Ivan Giač

inženýr, Kováčův syn

Tomáš Dolínek

Miklík

Hana Seidlová

Králová

Karel Koloušek

školník Burda

Emil Horváth

průvodce na bojnickém zámku

Milan Belohlávek

učitel

Anton Ďuriník

stařík

Michal Gazdík

vedoucí tábora

Karel Hábl

správce letiště

Ivo Hrdina

průvodčí

Jindra Janoušková

zdravotní sestra

Anton Januš

hlídač

Jozef Kramár

dřevorubec

Andrej Mojžiš

dřevorubec

Margita Mazalová

hospodská

Štefan Kršňák

Janin otec

K. Paštiková

dívka

Milada Rajzíková

žena u skoku/vedoucí dívka

M. Svobodová

zapisovatelka

Ernest Šmálik

zřízenec

Slávka Hamouzová

zelinářka

Ivo Pelant

plachtař

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Karel Brchel

Assistant Director

Marie Beránková, L. Svoboda

Screenstory

Josef Tengler

Shooting Script

Jiří Hanibal

Second Unit Photography

Václav Helliman

Camera Operator

Bohumil Vodička

Production Designer

Jiří Hlupý

Set Designer

Josef Dvořák (výprava), Richard Staněk, Oldřich Halaza, Ivo Jokl

Film Editor

Zdeněk Stehlík

Special Effects

Trikový ateliér FSB

Production Manager

Jaroslav Kučera, Igor Fábry

Unit Production Manager

Boris Nakladov, Milan Brabec

Unit Production Manager

O. Dvořák

Cooperation

Lenka Mojžíšová, Vladimír Souček, Erika Vojáčková, Miloslava Kostková, Pavel Pitner

Music

Music Composed by

Jan Hrábek

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Jan Hrábek (FISYO)

Songs

Léto mé, Běž dál tím krásným údolím

Songwriter

Jan Hrábek (Léto mé), Jan Hrábek (Běž dál tím krásným údolím)

Writer of Lyrics

Jaroslav Machek (Léto mé), Jaroslav Machek (Běž dál tím krásným údolím)

Singer

Václav Neckář (Léto mé), dětský sbor (Běž dál tím krásným údolím)

Production info

Original Title

Leť, ptáku leť!

English Title

Fly, Bird, Fly!

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

children, narrative

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1978

Production Year

1978

Premiere

01.06.1979

Creative Group

Ota Hofman

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

79 min

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 19. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1979
Zlín / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 19. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1979
Zlín / Czechoslovakia
Michael Dymek

Vítěz

Festival: 19. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1979
Zlín / Czechoslovakia