A New Boy Started Today

comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Dneska přišel nový kluk

Runtime

89

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1981

Production year

1981

Premiere

09.04.1982

Language version

Czech

Director

Vladimír Drha

Screenplay

Jiří Just, Vladimír Drha

Summary

In his feature debut, Dneska přišel nový kluk (A New Boy Started Today) from 1981, the director Vladimír Drha set the tone for a number of Czech films, which critically depicted the state of society from the perspective of young protagonists. Although, Drha primarily found scope for his work in television, he returned to the world of a “working youth” in his second film Mezek (The Mulish Victor, 1985) – albeit following him from the point of view of an educator. The main character in the story, who was inspired by Jiří Just’s radio play Avogadro, is the talented Luboš Pecháček, who fails to get into university due to his provocative appearance and behaviour during the entrance exams. Luboš ends up having to take up work in a foundry in a small town. Despite a conscientious effort not to step out of line, he finds himself getting into conflict situations. The head of the guild, Kalousek, is fearful of his position, so he primarily gets his intelligent and capable subordinate to bring snacks and sweep the floors. Luboš, however, notices the high quantity of waste during production and begins with the aid of a local technologist to devote himself to coming up with a proposal for improvements. He also gets the workers on his side and they are willing to help him try out a new technological process. The youngster can expect a high financial reward for his improvement plan, but recognition from the laboratory worker Alena and the praise of his anxious grandmother are more important to him… In his original treatment and in his screenplay, which Vladimír Drha also helped with, Jiří Just offered viewers the sympathetic story of a rebellious youth who, thanks to his encounter with manufacturing practices, manages to move from aimless provocation to meaningful work. A low-key debut performance from Marek Brodský helped ensure the credible “socialisation” of the film’s protagonist. The part of the unlikable boss Kalousek was played by the tried-and-tested František Řehák and the role of Alena went to the non-actress Alena Kaclerová.

Synopsis

The subhead in the opening of the film reads "The Handbook of Manners for the Naïve, Crazy, Indomitable and Maturing Youth". The talented chemist Luboš Pecháček fails the university entrance exam. The committee chairman is irritated by his long hair and peculiar answers. When Luboš does not know when the Russian chemist Mendeleev was born and utters that the scholar, too, had long hair, the interview is over. The fresh out of high-school graduate, whose upbringing was strongly influenced by a straightforward grandmother, starts in a steel foundry. He already has a "proper" haircut and clothes, but he still unintentionally provokes his superior – the guild master Kalousek – from the first moment. The fifty-year old man, who left his family for a young woman and now does everything to fund her fancies, is afraid to lose his job. He deliberately charges the bright youngster with inferior tasks – sweeping up, distributing snacks and cleaning the furnaces. Luboš notices the far too many production spoilages and comes up with a technological upgrade. The technologist Koryčánek and the developers' head Volf let Luboš carry out laboratory tests after his shifts. He is move over supported by the talkative and impish laboratory technician Alenka. Although Luboš still feels unrecognized and misunderstood, Koryčánek teaches him diplomatize and he and two workers help him with a test run during the weekend. The improvement proposal proves excellent; it would save so much for the steelworks that Luboš would be entitled to a reward worth a quarter of a million crowns. But the envious Kalousek tries to prevent the actual payment. He suggests Luboš include him "in the team" and share the reward with him. The disgusted young man, who does not even really care about the money, resolutely refuses. The grandmother who feared that Luboš would only stay with chemistry is glad to hear about his relationship with Alenka. The old woman contentedly observes that her grandson has finally entered "the practice".

Cast

Marek Brodský

Luboš Pecháček

František Řehák

vedoucí slévárny Jaroslav Kalousek

Ludmila Vostrčilová

babička Jája

Stanislav Zindulka

pomocný dělník Adolf Volšička

Karel Kovář

vedoucí vývojového oddělení ing. Jiří Volf

Pavel Pípal

technolog Josef Koryčánek

Boca Abrhámová

účetní a odborářka Olga Kovárnová

Alena Kaclerová

laborantka Alena Kaclerová

Darina Benešová

Darinka Benešová, Alenina kamarádka

Jiří Hromada

předseda SSM Karel Zima

Hana Zaoralová

Marcela, Kalouskova žena

Ludmila Slancová

herečka Vlasta Mezerová, Lubošova matka

Leopold Franc

herec Pecháček, Lubošův otec

Vlasta Mecnarowská

kantýnská Máša

Božena Blahušová

sekretářka

Dana Baslerová

Ludmila Baštincová

Jiří Huml

Jarmila Chaloupková

Josef Kouřil

Vítězslav Kubíček

Roman Kunst

Zdeněk Mach

Vlastimil Mlýnek

Soňa Ondroušková

Michal Romanovský

Jaroslav Skalický

Marcel Sláma

Miloslav Svoboda (3)

Stanislav Tománek

Jiří Válka

Gustav Brom

on sám, dirigent tanečního orchestru

Dubbing

Hana Talpová

hlas matky

Lubor Tokoš

hlas otce

Jiří Zahajský

hlas Slávka

Jana Dítětová

hlas kantýnské

Jiří Pleskot

hlas profesora chemie

Mirko Musil

hlas vrátného

Jiří Hálek

hlas úředníka z osobního oddělení

Roman Skamene

hlas z rozhlasu

Gustav Bubník

hlas spolubydlícího

Ilona Svobodová

hlas dívky spolubydlícího

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Vladimír Prager

Assistant Director

Taťána Havlíčková, Marta Svobodová

Based on

Jiří Just (Avogadro – rozhlasová hra)

Second Unit Photography

Vladimír Kolář

Production Designer

Zdeněk Rozkopal

Set Designer

Ivo Formánek, Josef Šťovíček

Costume Designer

Taťána Havlíčková

Make-Up Artist

Helena Vávrová

Film Editor

Ivan Matouš

Sound Designer

Josef Javořík

Production Manager

Vojtěch Kunčík

Unit Production Manager

Jarmila Bartoníková, Lenka Vlčková

Consultant

Ing. Vlastimil Volčík

Cooperation

Petr Smola, Zdeněk Bobek, M. Věžníková, J. Hamšík, Ludmila Varmužová, Alice Egnerová

Music

Music Composed by

Pavel Skála

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Mario Klemens (FISYO)

Songs

Duhová víla, S písní lesů, vod a strání, Život je jen náhoda, David a Goliáš, Hájku, háječku, Tri dni ma naháňali, Co na světě mám rád

Songwriter

Karel Vágner (Duhová víla), Zdenek Merta (S písní lesů, vod a strání), Jaroslav Ježek (Život je jen náhoda), Jaroslav Ježek (David a Goliáš), lidová píseň (Hájku, háječku), lidová píseň (Tri dni ma naháňali), Jaroslav Ježek (Co na světě mám rád)

Writer of Lyrics

Pavel Žák (Duhová víla), Jaroslav Navrátil (S písní lesů, vod a strání), Jan Werich (Život je jen náhoda), Jiří Voskovec (Život je jen náhoda), Jan Werich (Co na světě mám rád), Jiří Voskovec (Co na světě mám rád)

Singer

Ludmila Vostrčilová (Duhová víla), Jaroslav Navrátil (S písní lesů, vod a strání), Petr Rezek (S písní lesů, vod a strání), Alena Kaclerová (Život je jen náhoda), Darina Benešová (Život je jen náhoda), sbor (Hájku, háječku), Alena Kaclerová (Tri dni ma naháňali), sbor (Co na světě mám rád)

Production info

Original Title

Dneska přišel nový kluk

English Title

A New Boy Started Today

Working Title

Kluk ještě do zelena

Copyright

1981

Production Year

1981

Premiere

09.04.1982

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 23. mezinárodní filmový festival Karlovy Vary

1982
Karlovy Vary / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 23. mezinárodní filmový festival Karlovy Vary

1982
Karlovy Vary / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 23. mezinárodní filmový festival Karlovy Vary

1982
Karlovy Vary / Czechoslovakia