Taking Pleasure Until Broad Day

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1978

Production year

1977—1978

Premiere

23 February 1979

Runtime

95 min

Category

film

Genre

narrative, psychological

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Radost až do rána

Czech title

Radost až do rána

English title

Taking Pleasure Until Broad Day

Summary

The literary output of Vladimír Páral offered interesting inspiration for both seventies and eighties filmmakers. Antonín Kachlík was one director who adapted Páral material for the screen. In 1978, he directed Radost až do rána (Taking Pleasure Until Broad Day), a relationship drama set in Most, north Bohemia, and founded on a screenplay written in collaboration with the author. The humorous narration tells the story of unsuccessful student Viola and former train guard Kazan Neburka. Neither protagonist has a job or money, neither tries to give meaning to life. The dream of having a car as a means of escape from cruel reality merely remains an illusion. But finally, the couple have to face reality… This film, in which Páral humorously affirms the conformism and consumer reality of the 1970s, responded to the public appetite. Kachlík cast Eva Tučková (Viola) and Josef Somr (Kazan), who appeared in the first cinematic adaptation of Páral – Hynek Bočan’s Soukromá vichřice (Private Gale, 1967).

Synopsis

The girl Viola lives with her married sister Jana in the town of Most. Jana's husband Jarda reproaches Viola her idle dreaming and incapability to do anything. To the flat there moves Jarda's former colleague Kazan. Viola keeps speaking about her lover Alan but he abandoned her and she in vain awaits him every Friday at a wine bar at a Prague hotel. Viola makes friends with Kazan. They both have neither work nor money but they have their dreams. They long for a car in which one may leave anywhere whenever one likes. Kazan in his idleness rests after ten years of continuous work at the railway. Once he takes Viola by surprise at the hotel. He says that he has killed Alan, packed up her things and that they both have to run away. Viola accepts a play. They become lovers. Viola takes up work at the railway as a transit worker. One day Kazan disappears. At his previous "love of the century" Daniela he secretly takes away keys of her flat. Daniela and her husband take a holiday in Italy. Kazan sells their flat and buys an old car. Viola only pretends enthusiasm. She became fond of settled life. With Kazan they steal into a flat in a desolate house in the old Most which is designed for demolition. The police officer that finds them there recommends them to get married so that they may get a new flat from the railway. The wedding takes place. After returning from Italy Daniela finds unknown people in her flat. Kazan is arrested. But with help of the friends damage is settled and Viola promises to await faithfully Kazan as his legitimate wife.

Cast

Josef Somr

Kazan Neburka

Lenka Kořínková

Jana Pašková, Violina sestra

Miroslav Rataj

Jarda, Janin manžel

Magda Weigertová

Katka zvaná Asie

Jiří Krampol

Béda, Katčin manžel

Pavel Rubeš

Kryštof

Jana Ebertová

Šárka, Kryštofova žena

Zdeněk Šavrda

číšník Rudolf

Henrietta Kohoutová

železničářka Vlasta

Hana Packertová

železničářka Evka

Jaroslava Vysloužilová

železničářka Irena

Jiří Hasil

Richard Jašek, otec Violy a Jany

Libuše Jiskrová

Matylda, Jaškova manželka

Milada Bednářová

Kazanova žena

Zdena Dančíková

Daniela

Karel Engel

Tonda, Danielin manžel

Jan Kuželka

plachý mladík

Jaromír Šnajdr

Franta

Hana Čížková

Frantova žena

Ivan Holub

dědeček

Miloslav Homola

recepční

Přemysl Bečka

nadstrážmistr VB

Věra Kafuňková

Libuše

Miloš Větvička

Lukáš

Zdeněk Hess

strojvedoucí

Marta Malá

Dubbing Ljuba Krbová
tranzitérka Věra

Alena Konopíková

Dubbing Lenka Kodešová
Lenka

Patricie Limberská

Renátka

Václav Král

starší muž

Stanislav Oubram

neznámý voják

J. Svačina

vrchní

H. Vachelovská

barmanka

Jan Večeřa

vrátný

L. Kocián

mladík

Vincenc Kummer

hudebník

Rudolf Rokl

hudebník

Václav Týfa

hudebník

Jan Žižka

hudebník

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Jiří Růžička st.

Assistant Director

Josef Jarolímek, Jarmila Čajová

Based on

Vladimír Páral (Radost až do rána – román)

Shooting Script

Antonín Kachlík

Script Editor

Zdeněk Dufek

Director of Photography

Josef Illík

Second Unit Photography

Adolf Hejzlar

Camera Operator

Vladimír Murat

Production Designer

Karel Lier

Set Designer

Eva Slívová, Vladimír Schejbal, Karel Vaňásek

Costume Designer

Helena Dubová

Sound Designer

Adolf Böhm

Production Manager

Jan Syrový

Unit Production Manager

Věra Lukášová, Vladimíra Kopecká, Václav Eisenhamer

Unit Production Manager

Václav Eisenhamer

Music

Music Composed by

Ladislav Štaidl

Music Performed by

Orchestr Ladislava Štaidla (Music Conducted by Ladislav Štaidl), Felix Slováček

Songs

Radost až do rána

Songwriter Ladislav Štaidl
Writer of Lyrics Miroslav Černý
Singer Jiří Korn

Na hradě Okoři

Singer sbor

Production info

Original Title

Radost až do rána

Czech Title

Radost až do rána

English Title

Taking Pleasure Until Broad Day

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

narrative, psychological

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1978

Production Year

1977—1978

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 26 September 1977
start of filming 5 December 1977
technical Screenplay approved 13 December 1977
end of filming 9 June 1978
projection approval 30 June 1978

Premiere

premiere 23 February 1979
distribution premiere 03/1979

Creative Group

Dramaturgická skupina Miroslava Hladkého, Miroslav Hladký (vedoucí dramaturgické skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

95 min

Original length in metres

2 627 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,66, 1:2,35

Colour

colour

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 22. mezinárodní festival zábavné a taneční hudby OIRT

1979
Tampere / Finland
Ladislav Štaidl