Starring Oldřich Nový

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1980

Production year

1980

Premiere

5 December 1980

Runtime

87 min

Category

film

Genre

music, comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

V hlavní roli Oldřich Nový

Czech title

V hlavní roli Oldřich Nový

English title

Starring Oldřich Nový

Working title

Dobrý večer pane Nový / Růže pro Oldřicha N. / Růže

Summary

This clip-based retrospective, connected via a skeleton of newly-filmed scenes, has a somewhat unusual back-story: the Semafor Theatre, whose ensemble cast contributes to this film, operated at the site of the former Nové divadlo – Oldřich Nový’s home stage. However, since the key figure at the Semafor Theatre, Jiří Suchý, was banned from appearing on the silver screen for his political views, this project, conceived by director Rudolf Adler, was taken over by Vladimír Čech, who was somewhat less squeamish about working under regime duress. The year of 1980 thus yielded an escapist film about one of the most popular Czech actors of the first half of the 20 century – albeit one which does not feature a newly-filmed appearance from Nový himself, who was 81 at the time, and had already retired from acting. The story sees prominent contemporary actors, singers and musicians attending a birthday party held for the interwar star. Renditions of Nový’s songs alternate with sequences from his films and recordings of the actor’s voice.

Synopsis

The Semafor Theatre is preparing a birthday celebration for the actor Oldřich Nový. The venue is more than appropriate, as this is the very location of the former New Theatre owned and managed by this popular actor, singer, dancer and director. The actor receives many flowers and these are taken care of by a pretty flower-girl called Zdenička. The girl's beauty incites interest of several men: the director, the local dandy and the clown. The great banquet is attended by many actors, singers and musicians: Ferdinand Havlík Orchestra, František Filipovský, Ljuba Hermanová, Eva Pilarová, Karel Gott, Jiří Korn, Raoul Schránil, Nelly Gajerová, Jiřina Bohdalová, Ela Šárková and many others. While awaiting the guest of honour, everybody is drinking wine, enjoying the buffet and talking to each other. The singers occasionally sing their hit songs and sections of Oldřich Nový's films are projected. The dandy and the clown keep trying to impress Zdenička. Then, suddenly, the stage manager realizes that he forgot to deliver the invitation to Oldřich Nový. He persuades one of the present journalists to go and fetch the actor. The attempt fails and the actor does not come. Instead, the journalist brings a recording of Nový's speech in which he describes his way to success and to happiness not only for himself, but also for others.

Cast

Jindra Bartošová

květinářka Zdenička

Jan Přeučil

režisér

Evelyna Steimarová

režisérova dívka Edita

Karel Augusta

inspicient Karel Patočka

Václav Vydra

rekvizitář

Karel Hábl

Vladimír

Elena Strupková

bufetářka

Eugen Jegorov

saxofonista Evžen

Vít Pešina

číšník

Eva Pilarová

ona sama, zpěvačka

Karel Gott

on sám, zpěvák

Jiří Korn

on sám, zpěvák

Ljuba Hermanová

ona sama, herečka

Jiřina Bohdalová

ona sama, herečka

Raoul Schránil

on sám, herec

Vítězslav Jirsák

příslušník VB

Bohuslav Ličman

strážmistr VB

Svatopluk Beneš

on sám, herec

Nelly Gaierová

on sám, herec

Karel Vlach

on sám, dirigent

Jiřina Steimarová

ona sama, herečka

Ela Šárková

ona sama, herečka

Františka Zemanová

ona sama, herečka

Miloš Kopecký

on sám, herec

Libuše Vojáčková

návštěvnice

Zdeněk Dítě

on sám, herec

Jan Hrušínský

on sám, herec

Zita Kabátová

ona sama, herečka

Olga Blechová

ona sama, zpěvačka

Waldemar Matuška

on sám, zpěvák

Yvetta Simonová

ona sama, zpěvačka

Radoslav Brzobohatý

on sám, herec

Jiřina Bílá

ona sama, herečka

Václav Sloup

on sám, herec

Ferdinand Havlík

on sám, dirigent a hudebník

Veronika Borovcová

herečka

Lenka Kořínková

ona sama, herečka

Jan Kuželka

on sám, herec

Jaroslav Mareš

on sám, herec

Vladimír Navrátil

on sám, herec

Josef Střecha

on sám, kameraman a herec

Miloslav Šindler

on sám, herec

Aja Farkačová

tanečnice

Bobina Staňková

tanečnice

Jana Pragerová

tanečnice

Z. Tomsová

tanečnice

Jitka Havlíčková

dívka

MUDr. Miroslav Plzák

on sám, lékař

Václav Buben

technik Semaforu

Jaroslav Folprecht

technik

Věra Janoušková

technička

Rudolf Smolík

technik

František Sojka

technik

Jan Svatoš

technik

Jaroslav Veselý (2)

technik

Rudolf Šnajdr

dirigent

Jiří Hájek (2)

hudebník

Karel Mezera

hudebník

Zdeněk Šedivý

hudebník

Pavel Greifoner

hudebník

Jan Kotva

prodavač

S. Homolová

manekýnka

O. Navrátilová

manekýnka

Jindřich Hrdý

muž s monoklem

Zdeněk Srstka

rekvizitář

Slávka Hamouzová

návštěvnice divadla

Dubbing

Oldřich Nový

hlas ze záznamu, on sám

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Vladimír Zelenka

Assistant Director

Věra Ticháčková, Martin Mahdal, Eva Kolářová

Screenstory

Oleg Reif

Shooting Script

Rudolf Adler

Script Editor

Pavel Hajný

Director of Photography

Jiří Macháně

Second Unit Photography

Jaroslav Brabec

Camera Operator

Ivan Šimůnek

Production Designer

Karel Lier

Set Designer

Cvrček Jiří ml., Karel Krejčí, Eva Slívová

Costume Designer

Marie Franková

Film Editor

Jan Chaloupek

Sound Designer

Jiří Lenoch

Production Manager

Karel Škop

Unit Production Manager

Jiří Holeček, Juraj Zach

Unit Production Manager

Adriena Váchová

Consultant

Zdeněk Boubelík

Music

Music Composed by

Ferdinand Havlík

Music Performed by

Orchestr Ferdinanda Havlíka (Music Conducted by Ferdinand Havlík),

Songs

Vy jste nejhezčí ze všech dam, paní

Songwriter Sláva Eman Nováček
Writer of Lyrics Oldřich Nový
Singer Jiří Korn

Škoda, že nejste kouzelníkem

Songwriter Sláva Eman Nováček
Writer of Lyrics Antonín Špatenka
Singer Jitka Nováková

Kdyby tak pánbůh dal

Songwriter Josef Stelibský
Writer of Lyrics Karel MelíšekVladimír Slavínský
Singer Eva Svobodová

Žádný muž není svatý

Songwriter Jára Beneš
Writer of Lyrics Jaroslav MottlJosef Neuberg
Singer Mary Grossová

Neříkej žádné ženě o srdce

Songwriter Sláva Eman Nováček
Writer of Lyrics Oldřich Nový
Singer Oldřich Nový

Klaudie

Songwriter Petr Hapka
Writer of Lyrics Zdeněk Rytíř
Singer Jiří Korn

Růžová krinolína

Songwriter František Svojík

Oči čokoládové

Songwriter Jiří Mihule
Writer of Lyrics František Kudrna
Singer Eva PilarováOldřich Nový

Jen pro ten dnešní den

Songwriter Sláva Eman Nováček
Writer of Lyrics Josef Gruss
Singer Karel AugustaOldřich Nový

Na děvče mi nesahej

Songwriter Julius Kalaš
Writer of Lyrics Karel Hrnčíř
Singer Oldřich Nový

Proč obraz tvůj nedá srdci spát

Songwriter Sláva Eman Nováček
Writer of Lyrics K. M. Walló
Singer Karel Gott

Production info

Original Title

V hlavní roli Oldřich Nový

Czech Title

V hlavní roli Oldřich Nový

English Title

Starring Oldřich Nový

Working Title

Dobrý večer pane Nový / Růže pro Oldřicha N. / Růže

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

music, comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1980

Production Year

1980

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 26 June 1979
start of filming 21 January 1980
technical Screenplay approved 27 February 1980
end of filming 17 June 1980
projection approval 26 June 1980

Premiere

premiere 5 December 1980

Creative Group

Dramaturgická skupina Drahoslava Makovičky, Drahoslav Makovička (vedoucí dramaturgické skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

87 min

Original length in metres

2 479 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

colour

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech