There Is Something in the Air

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1980

Production year

1980

Premiere

8 May 1981

Runtime

78 min

Category

film

Genre

comedy, sci-fi

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Něco je ve vzduchu

Czech title

Něco je ve vzduchu

English title

There Is Something in the Air

Summary

This 1980 sci-fi comedy, written and directed by Ludvík Ráža, revolves around a home-made time machine. The protagonists, Alice and Petr, follow the plans of Alice’s grandfather and build a force field accelerator that lands them in the year 1946. Alice gets to meet both her grandfather, Professor Jeník, and her future mother… The slightly unoriginal story is full of logical paradoxes. Professor Jeník travels to the future, meeting his descendants. The young time travelers are portrayed by Vladimír Dlouhý and Zlata Adamovská, who also plays her mother. Ivan Mistrík stars as the young grandfather.

Synopsis

The urn supposedly containing the remains of Alice's grandfather falls out of the window and breaks. To Alice's great surprise, the urn is empty and the girl learns that the grandfather didn't die but disappeared under mysterious circumstances on the 2nd September 1946 in the town of Telč. Her grandmother claims that a mysterious young man with dark glasses was implicated in her husband disappearance. Alice is determined to solve the mystery. Grandmother's story leads Alice to a shoemaker who hands her Professor Jeník's – her grandfather's – invention, called the Force-fields Accelerator. Alice tells her boyfriend Petr about the device and the young man creates a time machine following the professor's instructions. The young couple then travel back to 1946 and there they indeed meet Alice's grandfather, and his daughter Blanka, who will later be Alice's mother. Jeník is a teacher at a grammar school and a talented scientist, but he has no way of testing his theories. Petr reveals himself to the professor and shows him the time machine designed in accord with his theories. Alice persuades her grandfather to join them on their journey back to the present. The family is flabbergasted by grandfather's presence. He hasn't aged at all, and grandmother finds it particularly difficult to bear the fact that she looks so old next to him. She therefore tries to get him to return with her to meet their daughter back in 1946. The professor explains that this is probably impossible and leaves. He gets into the old pre-war Aero car – the time machine. From the window his granddaughter Alice calls after him to stay with them.

Cast

Vladimír Dlouhý

student Petr Budil

Zlata Adamovská

Alice/Blanka jako dívka

Ivan Mistrík

profesor Rudolf Jeník, Alicin dědeček

Zdena Hadrbolcová

Markéta Jeníková, Alicina babička

Luděk Munzar

profesor František Bartoníček, Alicin otec

Milena Dvorská

Blanka, žena profesora Bartoníčka

Marek Vašut

Fanda, profesor Bartoníček jako mladík

Vlastimil Brodský

obuvník Václav Jebavý

Milan Riehs

továrník Halaška

Josef Somr

obchodní agent Travel & Trafic Corporation

Robert Vrchota

restauratér Koubek

Libuše Geprtová

matka Fandy Bartoníčka

Jaroslav Satoranský

otec Fandy Bartoníčka

Zdeněk Kutil

ředitel školy

Věra Tichánková

vrátná ve Frutě

Petr Nárožný

sedlák Vincek

Michal Pešek

mladík fotograf

Sylva Sequensová

spolužačka

Renata Honzovičová

Květa

Marie Rosůlková

sousedka Niederlová

Jana Drbohlavová

sousedka Stránská

Luba Skořepová

sousedka Hovorková

Jitka Zelenohorská

technička Marcela

Dagmar Veškrnová

matka v roce 1840

Karel Augusta

otec v roce 1840

Dana Vávrová

dcera v roce 1840

Eva Cigánková

dcera v roce 1840

Přemysl Přichystal

mladík

Arnošt Podařil

dvojče Koudela

Evžen Podařil

dvojče Koudela

Miroslav Kovařovič

rozhodčí

Stanislav Bruder

muž od tapet

Milena Dvorská

hlas Blanky jako dívky

Luděk Munzar

hlas Fandy

Ljuba Krbová

hlas spolužačky

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Michal Vostřez

Assistant Director

Zdeněk Pazdírek

Script Supervisor

Nevjana Raduilská

Shooting Script

Ludvík Ráža

Script Editor

Karel Cop

Director of Photography

Josef Illík

Second Unit Photography

Zdeněk Prchlík

Production Designer

Milan Nejedlý, Boris Moravec

Set Designer

Jiří Forst, Miloslav Dvořák, Lubomír Kafka, Josef Večerek

Costume Designer

Irena Greifová

Film Editor

Josef Valušiak

Sound Designer

František Fabián

Special Effects

Jiří Rumler

Production Manager

Jiří Krejčí

Unit Production Manager

Věra Winkelhöferová, Pražský Přemysl (výroba)

Unit Production Manager

Dagmar Linhová

Cooperation

H. Hatleová (klapka), Štěpánka Stříbrná, Jitka Bylinská, Jana Šimonová, Jan Svoboda

Music

Music Composed by

Miloš Vacek

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by Štěpán Koníček),

Songs

Kamarádi

Songwriter Miroslav Juchelka /instrumentace/
Singer sbor

Nikdy nic nikdo nemá

Songwriter Jaroslav Ježek

Když jsem šel od vás

Songwriter lidová píseň
Writer of Lyrics lidová píseň
Singer Jaroslav Satoranský

Studentská hymna

Singer sbor

Production info

Original Title

Něco je ve vzduchu

Czech Title

Něco je ve vzduchu

English Title

There Is Something in the Air

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

comedy, sci-fi

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1980

Production Year

1980

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 15 October 1979
start of filming 3 March 1980
technical Screenplay approved 18 April 1980
end of filming 2 December 1980
projection approval 12 December 1980

Premiere

premiere 8 May 1981

Creative Group

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

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

78 min

Original length in metres

2 245 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

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 20. mezinárodní festival vědecko-fantastických filmů Terst

1982
Terst / Italy