Just to Whistle a Bit

narrative

Typology

feature

Czech title

Jen si tak trochu písknout

Runtime

79

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1980

Production year

1980

Premiere

10.04.1981

Language version

Czech

Director

Karel Smyczek

Screenplay

Ivo Pelant, Radek John, Karel Smyczek

Screenstory

Ivo Pelant, Radek John

Summary

After his successful debut Housata (Goslings) (1979), exploring the tribulations of a vocational school girl, director Karel Smyczek explored the problems of two Prague 13-year-old boys in this picture. It was while working on Jen si tak trochu písknout (Just to Whistle a Bit) (1980) that he first encountered the screenwriters Ivo Pelant and Radek John, with whom he collaborated in the 1980s on Jako zajíci (Like Rabbits) (1981) and Sněženky a machři (Snowdrops and Daredevils) (1982). Smyczek later worked with John alone on the social drama Proč? (Why?) (1987); the latter’s profession as a journalist added greatly to the authenticity of the films mentioned, which revolved around young characters. The story of Pavel Voříšek and Petr Moravec (based on several motifs from the novel Denim World) also explores the fates of teen protagonists against a broader sociological backdrop. The boys are looking for fun beyond the activities offered at school; when they come across organ pipes in an old church they decide to set up a class orchestra. However, their concert is interrupted by police searching for the stolen pipes. Pavel doesn’t give his friend away and takes the rap. Petr’s parents, however, bar their son from contact with the “thief”, whose father – a waiter – is not a good role model either. Therefore Petr doesn’t even get to go to a party his friend holds at home in his father’s absence. When Pavel looks in vain for shelter from his raging father at the Moravecs’ and Petr admits complicity in the theft his parents main concern is to keep the whole matter hushed up… The hypocrisy and utilitarian lies that the adults drag their children into becomes the theme of a narrative in which the writers create a mosaic of humorous and dramatic episodes. Smyczek added to the appeal of his lightly provocative picture by casting convincing child actors Michal Suchánek (Petr) and Daniel Šedivák (Pavel). The two also appeared in his Snowdrops and Daredevils. The parts of the parents went to actors who were not overexposed – Zdeněk Dryšl, Eva Lecchiová (the Moravecs) and Bronislav Poloczk (Voříšek).

Synopsis

While hanging out in the city, Pavel Voříšek and Petr Moravec walk in a church which is recently being reconstructed. They discover organ pipes in an old dusty box and take a few of them. Petr's parents are not happy about their son being a friend with a boy, whose father is divorced, living a rather indecent way. However, Petr is attracted by a fearless guy, getting easily involved in his crackbrained ideas, such as to establish an orchestra. Pavel distributes the pipes among the class-mates to make them try whistling. He also wants to use his fathers' violin, but in the case, he finds blue pictures and naked women photographs, instead. He tries to sell them in an auction at school. Suddenly, the police appear at school, announcing that some organ pipes and electric drills have been stolen from local church. In searching the school bags, they find the erotic pictures in Pavel's satchel, and the organ pipes. At the investigation, Pavel does not reveal that Petr accompanied him at the theft. Pavel undergoes hard thrashing by his father at home. Then he tries to search for the electric drills on his own, finding out from a night caretaker that someone had returned them lately. Petr's parents prohibit him to buddy with Pavel any more. Petr does not succeed in participating in a party thrown by Pavel while his father was out. Boys and girls drink some spirits; only Vráťa secretly pours his drinks to the aquarium. The fish though does not survive his abstinence. All the children duck out seeing a furious Pavel's father, including Pavel, who tries to find a shelter at Petr's. Petr's parents refuse to let him stay overnight, since they consider him to be a thief. Petr is very unhappy about it and comes clean about stealing the organ pipes with Pavel. His parents make sure that nobody knows about it, assuring Petr that everything is all right. Meanwhile Pavel rushes through the city, making his way to the urban clearway. He recognizes Petr with his parents in a car going out of the city. Also Petr recognizes his friend, but he pretends to be involved in reading a book. Pavel waves at his friend in vain.

Film online

Cast

Michal Suchánek

žák Petr Moravec

Daniel Šedivák

žák Pavel Voříšek

Pavel Kohout (2)

žák Vráťa Sedlák

Libuše Heczková

žákyně Helena Sempachová

Lucie Bártová

žákyně Yvona Winterová

Renata Pokorná

žákyně Jana Pimpárová

Zdeněk Dryšl

otec Moravec

Eva Lecchiová

maminka Moravcová

Bronislav Poloczek

číšník Voříšek, Pavlův otec

Jaroslava Tichá

učitelka češtiny

Jiřina Jelenská

učitelka přírodopisu Budínová

Dagmar Khainová

ředitelka školy

Veronika Freimanová

studentka pedagogické fakulty Dáša Hounová

Miluše Šplechtová

studentka pedagogické fakulty Vlasta

Jiří Kodet

Chaloupek

Alena Procházková

Eva, Chaloupkova žena

Jaroslava Kretschmerová

Miluška, přítelkyně číšníka Voříška

Gabriela Wilhelmová

servírka Bláža

Bořík Procházka

stavbyvedoucí

Josef Patočka

hlídač na stavbě

Jan Strnad

žák Zdeněk, šachista

Hana Talpová

matka Sempachové

Milada Ježková

stará kuchařka

Miroslava Vydrová

mladá kuchařka

Antonín Lebeda

děda s holí

Pavel Čadek

Kodl

Jan Šedivý

Vláďa

Milan Riehs

Sedlákův otec

Vítězslav Sutr

Kodlův otec

Taťána Bártová

matka Winterové

Zuzana Schmidová

matka Pimpárové

Vladimír Hrabánek

otec na třídní schůzce

Václav Kotva

otec na třídní schůzce

Josef Kubíček

otec na třídní schůzce

Jan Kuděla

otec na třídní schůzce

Jiří D. Novotný

otec na třídní schůzce

Kristina Novotná

matka na třídní schůzce

Jan Hartl

strážmistr VB

Jiří Havel

nadpraporčík VB

Jindra Kvardová

babka na ulici

Marie Tomsová

televizní hlasatelka

Jan Dvořák

žák Erdéli

Jiří Kosek

muž na lešení

Jiří Moudrý

muž v tílku

Miloš Schmiedberger

muž v tramvaji

Otakar Brousek ml.

řidič tramvaje

Michal Pečenka

deváťák

P. Fiala

žák

P. Hanuš

žák

P. Hošek

žák

M. Jablonská

žákyně

M. Kalvodová

žákyně

A. Lněnička

žák

L. Machata

žák

R. Molnár

žák

J. Nedorost

žák

J. Palo

žák

J. Pros

žák

H. Stibalová

žákyně

Vl. Šašek

žák

E. Tůmová

žákyně

E. Ujcová

žákyně

H. Velingerová

žákyně

J. Vlasák

žák

J. Vocetka

žák

M. Vohryzková

žákyně

A. Zíková

žákyně

Michal Dymek

herec v televizi

Věra Galatíková

herečka v televizi

Karel Urbánek

herec v televizi

D. Eberman

žák

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Tomáš Tintěra

Assistant Director

Miloš Cajthaml, Marie Brodilová

Script Editor

Pavla Frýdlová

Production Designer

Jiří Hlupý

Set Designer

Ivan Ernyei, Jan Petrů, Josef Pavlík

Costume Designer

Kristina Novotná

Film Editor

Josef Valušiak

Sound Designer

Jiří Moudrý

Production Manager

Karel Kochman

Unit Production Manager

Eliška Sekavová, Petr Prejda, Věra Lukášová

Unit Production Manager

Jana Příkaská

Cooperation

Zora Winkelhöferová, Jan Kuděla, Jana Šimonová, Pavel Pitner, Jana Semschová

Music

Music Composed by

Zdeněk John

Music Performed by

FISYO, skupina Labyrint Pavla Fořta

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO)

Songs

Jakpak se to udělá, aby žena zmizela

Songwriter

Zdeněk John (Jakpak se to udělá, aby žena zmizela)

Singer

dívčí sbor (Jakpak se to udělá, aby žena zmizela)

Production info

Original Title

Jen si tak trochu písknout

English Title

Just to Whistle a Bit

Copyright

1980

Production Year

1980

Premiere

10.04.1981

Creative Group

Ota Hofman

Technical info

Format

Betacam, DVD

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Event: Mezinárodní setkání mladého filmu Cannes

1982
Cannes / France

Vítěz

Exhibition: Přehlídka filmů pro děti v rámci XII. mezinárodního filmového festivalu FEST ´82 Bělehrad

1982
Bělehrad / Serbia

Vítěz

Event: 19. mezinárodní soutěž filmů pro děti a mládež Gijón

1981
Gijón / Spain

Vítěz

Festival: 18. filmový festival mladých Trutnov

1981
Trutnov / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Event: 19. mezinárodní soutěž filmů pro děti a mládež Gijón

1981
Gijón / Spain