There Is Something in the Air

comedy, sci-fi

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Něco je ve vzduchu

Runtime

78 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1980

Production year

1980

Premiere

08.05.1981

Language version

Czech

Director

Ludvík Ráža

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

Vítězslav Bouchner

mladík

Přemysl Přichystal

mladík

Pavel Veselý

mladík

Arnošt Podařil

dvojče Koudela

Evžen Podařil

dvojče Koudela

Jan Cmíral

notář

Miroslav Kovařovič

rozhodčí

Stanislav Bruder

muž od tapet

Tomáš Vacek

student

Martin Velda

student

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, Nevjana Raduilská

Shooting Script

Ludvík Ráža

Script Editor

Karel Cop

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

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

Music

Music Composed by

Miloš Vacek

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO)

Songs

Kamarádi, Nikdy nic nikdo nemá, Když jsem šel od vás, Studentská hymna

Songwriter

Miroslav Juchelka (Kamarádi) (instrumentace), Jaroslav Ježek (Nikdy nic nikdo nemá), lidová píseň (Když jsem šel od vás)

Writer of Lyrics

lidová píseň (Když jsem šel od vás)

Singer

sbor (Kamarádi), Jaroslav Satoranský (Když jsem šel od vás), sbor (Studentská hymna)

Production info

Original Title

Něco je ve vzduchu

English Title

There Is Something in the Air

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

comedy, sci-fi

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1980

Production Year

1980

Premiere

08.05.1981

Creative Group

Drahoslav Makovička

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

78 min

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 20. mezinárodní festival vědecko-fantastických filmů Terst

1982
Terst / Italy