Julek

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1979

Production year

1979

Premiere

9 May 1980

Runtime

82 min

Director

Ota Koval

Category

film

Genre

biography

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Julek

Czech title

Julek

English title

Julek

Summary

Children’s film director Ota Koval changes gears for this biographical drama. The life of communist icon Julius Fučík (1903–1943) is depicted via this 1979 film, which charts the life of the future political activist from childhood through high school. Growing up in a working class family, the youngster and his father fear being drafted into service for the Austro-Hungarian army, and during World War I Fučík experiences oppression and poverty first-hand. The future journalist, translator and theatrical and literary critic also becomes a star of the amateur theatre circuit. The film seeks to mine Fučík’s entire life story for evidence of his burgeoning personality and political outlook. The film stars Filip Renč as a young Fučík.

Synopsis

Julius (Julek) Fučík communist journalist executed by the Nazis in 1943, a son of a workman of the Ringhoffer Works, was born on 23 February 1903 in Prague. His father Karel loves theatre and performs in Arena theatre at Smíchov. Four years later, his fours years old son Julek follows his actor's career, being engaged by the Arena director in a kid's role. Julek carries on in his actor's career. At the age of seven, he has a great success in the role of little Lord Fauntleroy, despite that he also has many friends and enjoys playing the boy games with them. Father Karel is offered a contract with Budil's opera in Pilsen and the family joins him soon. Julek makes friend with Vašek, with whom they deliver film copies to different cinemas. The World War One breaks out in 1914, when Julek starts to study at high school. His father tries to avoid the war recruitment and Julek hides him at the cinema loft. Karel Fučík takes an employment in Zbrojovka (an arms factory), whose employers for the time being are excluded from military service. Julek helps his mother, sometimes he has to face long queues for food. Father works at the ammunition factory and in the evenings he comes home to see his son. He finds him sleeping at the table over a handwritten magazine Slovan (Slav) containing an article about the war situation. The article bears the signature of Julius Fučík, the editor in charge.

Cast

Aleš Monteleone

Julek čtyřletý

Marcel Oktábec

Julek desetiletý

Filip Renč

Julek dvanáctiletý

Ladislav Frej

dělník Karel Fučík, Julkův otec

Jana Preissová

Marie, Julkova matka

Žaneta Fuchsová

Líba, Julkova sestra

Blažena Holišová

ředitelka Arény Koldinská

Miloš Nedbal

herec-lord

Vlastimil Brodský

inspicient Bucek

Václav Lohniský

režisér Vošahlík

Július Vašek

polykač mečů Franta Samek

Jiřina Jirásková

Samkova manželka

Stanislava Coufalová

Anita, dcera Samkových jako jedenáctiletá

Bohumil Vávra

soused s fezem

Oto Ševčík

ředitel reálky

Jan Faltýnek

majitel biografu

Jan Teplý

štábní lékař u odvodu

Jan Talich

dirigent Talich

Jan Cmíral

strážmistr četnictva

Václav Fišer

starý dělník

Michal Tříska

Rudla

Antonie Šimková

Anita jako čtyřletá

Linda Dřevikovská

Líba tříletá

Radan Rusev

posunovač

Karel Novák (1)

flašinetář

Dana Balounová

porodní bába

Bronislav Poloczek

majitel noclehárny

Jaromír Crha

stařík se psem

Viktor Maurer

mlékař Ponec

Arnošt Vrána

student-hudebník

Pavel Klikar

pianista

Jiří Lábus

fagotista

Jiří Kodet

redaktor

Václav Knop

osvětlovač

Darja Hajská

okurkářka

Zuzana Mixová

okurkářka

Ota Jirák

fotograf

Vladimír Labský

truhlář Josef Mestek

Jan Oliva (2)

fešák

Jiří Opřátko

preclíkář

Vít Pešina

strážník

Boris Hybner

Bosňák

Josef Střecha

krejčí za oknem

Otto Sattler

starý houslista

Daniela Vacková

herečka-Popelka

Zdeněk Hess

herec-profesor

David Schneider

herec-princ

Ina Vnoučková

herečka

Jaroslav Tomsa

astronom u rozhledny

Marek Blanař

černoušek

Lubomír Havlák

houslista

Libor Kaňka

houslista

Michal Kaňka

violoncellista

Jan Jíša

violista

Heda Pašková

baletka

Marie Jílková

baletka

Eva Landová

baletka

Jaroslava Petráková

baletka

Hana Šulcová

baletka

Štěpán Baláž

tanečník

Marjan Bernacik

tanečník

Jan Hannich

tanečník

Jan Kuchař

tanečník

Vratislav Marek

tanečník

Josef Hervert

Julek jako tříletý

Vladimír Machoň

kluk

Zdeněk Zelenka

fešák ve slamáku

Jiří Kosek

poddůstojník

sólisté opery div. J. K. Tyla Plzeň

operní zpěváci na jevišti

Commentary

Crew and creators

Director

Ota Koval

Second Unit Director

Tomáš Tintěra

Assistant Director

Jan Oliva (2), Marie Brodilová

Screenstory

Milan Pavlík

Commentary by

prof. PhDr. Ivan Krempa, DrSc.

Shooting Script

Ota Koval

Director of Photography

Andrej Barla

Second Unit Photography

Pavel Dosoudil

Camera Operator

Jiří Knotek, Zdeněk Podhola

Production Designer

Vladimír Labský

Set Designer

Václav Kozel, Vladimír Mácha, Václav Pošta

Film Editor

Zdeněk Stehlík

Sound Designer

Jiří Moudrý

Special Effects

Jiří Rumler

Production Manager

Miroslav Smrček

Unit Production Manager

Hana Jarošová, Viktor Schwarcz

Unit Production Manager

Luděk Blažek

Consultant

prof. PhDr. Ivan Krempa, DrSc., František Michálek, Vladimír Dolínek

Cooperation

Vlastimil Koutecký, Ivan Minář, Inge Švandová, Naděžda Hradilová, Petr Bárta, Bohuslav Beníšek

Music

Music Composed by

Štěpán Lucký

Selected Music

Julius Fučík (Marinarella), Gustav Mahler (Symfonie č. 1), Carl Maria von Weber (Čarostřelec /Der Freischütz/ – opera), Arnošt Vrána (Havaj – valčík), Julius Fučík (Vjezd gladiátorů)

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by František Belfín), Orchestr opery Divadla J. K. Tyla

Choreographer

Vlastimil Jílek

Songs

Mně darovalo děvčátko prstýnek

Singer sbor

Zachovej nám, Hospodine /rakouská hymna/

Singer dětský sbor

Bože, chraň krále /anglická hymna/

Za císaře pána a jeho rodinu

Bruslaři

Production info

Original Title

Julek

Czech Title

Julek

English Title

Julek

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

biography

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1979

Production Year

1979

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 17 November 1978
technical Screenplay approved 21 February 1979
start of filming 20 March 1979
end of filming 13 November 1979
projection approval 27 November 1979

Premiere

premiere 9 May 1980

Creative Group

Dramaturgická skupina Oty Hofmana, Ota Hofman (vedoucí dramaturgické skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

82 min

Original length in metres

2 262 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,66

Colour

colour

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Exhibition: 12. národní přehlídka filmů pro děti Ostrov nad Ohří

1980
Ostrov nad Ohří / Czechoslovakia
Filip Renč

Vítěz

Festival: 20. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1980
Zlín / Czechoslovakia