Fools, Water Sprites and Impostors

comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Blázni, vodníci a podvodníci

Runtime

78

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1980

Production year

1980

Premiere

29.05.1981

Language version

Czech

Director

Tomáš Svoboda

Screenplay

David Jan Novotný, Emanuel Kaněra, Tomáš Svoboda

Screenstory

David Jan Novotný

Summary

The director Tomáš Svoboda (1935-1981) died young, but his legacy lives on in Czech film history through two quirky, wacky feature comedies – Hodinářova svatební cesta korálovým mořem (The Clockmaker’s Honeymoon in the Coral Sea, 1979) and Blázni, vodníci a podvodníci (Fools, Water Sprites and Impostors, 1980). They depict the lives of two prankster siblings – Petr (Jiří Lábus) and Zuzana (Dagmar Veškrnová). In the latter film, they embark on a trip with her naïve suitor, Karel (Luděk Sobota), and a store mannequin they nickname Ronald. At a campsite in southern Bohemia, they cause an uproar among amateur thespians staging Alois Jirásek’s play Lucerna. As it happens… they also expose a pair of fraudsters. This light-hearted romp has a dynamic cast, including Jiří Hrzán, in his final completed role.

Synopsis

The brother and sister Zuzana and Petr are quite a notorious couple. They are fond of preparing people unpleasant surprises and are amusing by it. They dress a figure in a shop-window after a man standing at the pavement. The resemblance of the figure and a living man, whose name is Žežulka, is so striking, that they decide to take a figure, which they call Ronald, to a trip with Karel, Zuzana's suitor. In the meantime Žežulka arranges a wicked deal with Evžen Horák. After the conversation Evžen leaves with his lover Jarmila for the camp in southern Bohemia, which reach also Zuzana, Petr, Karel and Ronald. But all comers are disappointed because the camp is occupied by the amateur actors preparing the first night of the play The Lantern by Jirásek. Thus Evžen and Jarmila have to camp in tent outside the place while the other concerned are allowed to stay if they aid the actors with the role of Hanička. Susan persuades Karel to put on the woman costume and play Hanička. In the night, in front of Evžen's tent she and Petr simulate the fight and toss down Ronald with a knife in his back. Evžen and Jarmila take it for a dead man. They fear that they will be accused of murder and therefore quit in a hurry. Zuzana and Petr pursue them but eventually they all end up at the police department. After long peripetia all explains. Zuzana, Petr and Karel are allowed to return home. Jarmila leaves with them but the police disclosed Evžen's and Žežulka's thievery and thus they end up in prison.

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Cast

Jiří Lábus

aranžér Petr

Dagmar Veškrnová

aranžérka Zuzana, Petrova sestra

Luděk Sobota

Karel, Zuzanin snoubenc

Petr Nárožný

Evžen Horák

Laďka Kozderková

Jarmila Rousková, Evženova milenka

Josef Kemr

Jiroušek, ochotnický režisér a vodník Ivan

Jiří Hrzán

lékárník, představitel vodníka Michala

Karel Augusta

podporučík VB Drozd

Josef Somr

poručík VB Mácha

Miroslav Zounar

major VB Hlava

Karel Hála

Žežulka

Vlastimil Bedrna

nadporučík VB

Vladimír Hrabánek

nadstrážmistr VB

Eugen Jegorov

zloděj aut Vanýsek

Helena Růžičková

představitelka paní kněžny

Jan Kuželka

ochotník, představitel Zajíčka

Věra Nerušilová

ochotnice, představitelka Kláskové

Zdeněk Srstka

ochotník Cipra, představitel mlynáře

Bohuslav Kupšovský

ochotník, představitel Žána

Robert Vrchota

ochotník, představitel pana vrchního

Raoul Schránil

ochotník, představitel pana France

Jiřina Jelenská

nádražačka

Marcela Martínková

matka s kočárkem před Kotvou

Jiří Lír

číšník

Karel Hábl

kriminalista v civilu

Zdenka Procházková

žena ve frontě

Anna Štrosová

žena ve frontě

Marie Štrampachová

žena ve frontě

Josef Calta

dědek na krávě

František Kubíček

muž před Kotvou

Radim Vašinka

zřízenec v márnici

Marta Richterová

dáma na schodech

Jaroslav Sus

pacholek

Zdeněk Blažek

výčepní

Vlastimila Vlková

žena v telefonní budce

F. Prokeš

Klásek

L. Třeštík

dvořan

J. Šedivec

Zima

P. Kazda

mušketýr

J. Kovařík

sluha

Miroslav Jíra

kaskadér

Slávka Hamouzová

žena před Kotvou

Dubbing

Jan Teplý

hlas Žežulky

Jiří Bruder

hlas Cipra

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Milada Mikešová

Assistant Director

Přemysl Čermák, Eva Kubesová

Shooting Script

Tomáš Svoboda

Script Editor

Libuše Váňová

Second Unit Photography

Martin Benoni

Camera Operator

Milan Kopecký

Production Designer

Jan Oliva

Costume Designer

Theodor Pištěk ml.

Sound Designer

Jiří Lenoch

Titles Designed by

Jan Švankmajer

Production Manager

Jiří Pokorný

Unit Production Manager

Jan Milič, Vlasta Synkulová, Roman Bartoníček

Unit Production Manager

Jiří Potsch

Cooperation

Kateřina Juhászová, Miloslav Mirvald, Anna Mejtská, Ludvík Široký

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Šust

Selected Music

František Kmoch (Na motoru /kvapík/)

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO)

Songs

Vandrovali hudci, Zelená vlna Hvězdy

Songwriter

Vladimír Zahradníček (Zelená vlna Hvězdy)

Writer of Lyrics

Ivan Kaplan (Zelená vlna Hvězdy)

Singer

Luděk Sobota (Vandrovali hudci), Luděk Sobota (Zelená vlna Hvězdy)

Production info

Original Title

Blázni, vodníci a podvodníci

English Title

Fools, Water Sprites and Impostors

Working Title

Muž v kostkovaném saku

Copyright

1980

Production Year

1980

Premiere

29.05.1981

Creative Group

Miroslav Hladký

Technical info

Format

35mm , Betacam

Versions

Czech