Anything but Hot

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1981

Production year

1980

Premiere

7 August 1981

Runtime

81 min

Director

Milan Muchna

Category

film

Genre

comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Matěji, proč tě holky nechtějí?

Czech title

Matěji, proč tě holky nechtějí?

English title

Anything but Hot

Summary

Director Milan Muchna adds to the popular 1970s and 80s teenage comedy sub-genre with this 1981 tale of an apprentice bricklayer who is having problems in his love life. Matěj Hůrka is an ordinary young provincial man, who falls in love with the distant Barča. Learning the dos and don’ts of romance only lands poor Matěj in more trouble. The story carries distant echoes of the more famous Ostře sledované vlaky (Closely Watched Trains, 1966), as well as the Czech films of director Miloš Forman. Ivan Weisner, the actor of choice for director Muchna, takes the lead role in this film. Weisner appeared previously in Muchna’s teenage comedy Hon na kočku (Chasing the Cat, 1979) and had a smaller role in his military comedy Zelená léta (The Green Years, 1985). Muchna’s nod to the Czechoslovak New Wave era is underscored by his choice of Milada Ježková in the role of Matěj’s grandmother (the actress appeared in both Closely Watched Trains and Lásky jedné plavovlásky ( Loves of a Blonde, 1965).

Synopsis

An eighteen-year-old bricklayer's apprentice, Matěj Hůrka, falls in love with the young Barbora Cupalová at a village fair, but the girl is pinched from him by the ace Evžen. Matěj has been living with his grandmother since his mother died and his father remarried. Grandmother Hůrková is about to marry the pensioner Vokurka and does not know how to tell her grandson. Matěj loves nature; he is kind-hearted and is always ready to help in the local cooperative. One day, by chance, he stops by a pond and ends up watching some girls bathing naked. He is recognized and subjected to mockery in the village. A bricklayer's foreman notices Matěj's troubled relationships with women and recommends he court the frivolous signalwoman, Vlasta. But Matěj does not manage to get any love experience with her either. Only Vokurka's granddaughter Tereza makes the boy go with her to a barn outside the village. But Matěj loses his courage when face to face in the unambiguous situation. Barbora realizes Matěj's qualities after her unpleasant experience with Evžen and gives preference to Matěj at the fireman's ball. The two later end up in the barn, but it starts to burn suddenly. The firemen are, however, insufficiently prepared and the barn burns to the ground. Only Matěj, the young member of the fire brigade, excels when he rescues a cow from from the fire. It is the end of summer. The lovers Matěj and Barbora bathe in the pond, naked. The couple then walks off into a thick forest.

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Cast

Ivan Wiesner

zednický učeň Matěj Hůrka

Dita Kaplanová

Barča Cupalová

Zdeněk Podhůrský

Evžen Roztočil

František Řehák

předseda družstva Josef Bžoch

Milada Ježková

Božena Hůrková, Matějova babička

Václav Král

Jan Vokurka, nápadník Hůrkové

Eugen Jegorov

Cupal, Barčin otec

Hana Brejchová

Cupalová, Barčina nevlastní matka

František Husák

agronom Slimáček

Bronislav Poloczek

traktorista Franta Čuňát

Evelyna Steimarová

hradlařka Vlasta Prchalová

Ferdinand Havlík

zootechnik Roztočil, Evženův otec

Yvetta Kornová

Tereza, Vokurkova vnučka

Miluše Šplechtová

sekretářka Zdenička

Jiřina Třebická

Bžochova žena

Jan Schmid

Matějův otec

Anna Pernerová

blondýnka Evina

Božena Böhmová

Roztočilova žena

Jiří Samek

Žaloudek

Jiří Kvasnička

mistr učňů Emil Záhorka

Tomáš Klouček

požárník/číšník

Milan Klacek

požárník

Jan Špaček

požárník

Karel Koloušek

Vaněček z okresu

Petr Hruška

učeň Lojza

František Jelínek

harmonikář

Václav Kočka

bubeník

Jan Pončík

zpěvák

Miroslav Kvašňák

učeň

Petr Rýdel

rozhněvaný muž

Ivana Černá

dívka

Monika Hlaváčková

dívka

Eva Kovaříková

dívka

Bohuslava Syrová

dívka

Crew and creators

Director

Milan Muchna

Second Unit Director

Jiří Ostrý

Assistant Director

Hana Hanušová, Magdalena Davidová

Shooting Script

Milan Muchna

Script Editor

Jaroslav Kubát

Director of Photography

Richard Valenta

Second Unit Photography

Karel Hejsek

Camera Operator

Jiří Ondráček

Production Designer

Zbyněk Hloch

Set Designer

Milan Bábik, Jiří Matějka, Eva Slívová

Costume Designer

Šárka Váchová

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Sound Designer

Ladislav Hausdorf

Production Manager

Jiří Beránek

Unit Production Manager

Vlasta Synkulová, Tomáš Baloun

Unit Production Manager

Miloš Zajdl

Music

Music Composed by

Jan Klusák

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by František Belfín),

Songs

Andulička

Songwriter Karel Hašler
Writer of Lyrics Karel Hašler
Singer sbor

Když jaro zaťuká /z operety Brandejští dragouni/

Songwriter Jaroslav Jankovec
Writer of Lyrics Josef NeubergJaroslav Mottl
Singer sbor

Štěstí na rozcestí

Songwriter Karel Vacek
Writer of Lyrics Karel Vacek
Singer sbor

Hrála muzika bez kapelníka

Songwriter Jára Beneš
Writer of Lyrics František PaulMiroslav Jaroš
Singer mužský hlas

Až budou trumpety překrásně zpívat

Songwriter Antonín Borovička
Writer of Lyrics Jiří Voldán
Singer sbor

Vyhrávala kapela

Songwriter Antonín Borovička
Writer of Lyrics Jiří Voldán
Singer mužský hlas

Můj milý, až přijdeš k nám

Singer mužský hlas

Nemelem, nemelem

Songwriter Alois Tichý
Writer of Lyrics Ludvík František Hnyk
Singer sbor

Jana

Songwriter František Kůda
Writer of Lyrics František Skoblík
Singer sbor

Hospůdko, hospůdko malá

Singer sbor

Včera jsem tě čekala

Songwriter Václav Bláha
Writer of Lyrics Václav Bláha
Singer ženský hlas

Jetel voněl, zrály klasy

Songwriter Jiří Voldán
Writer of Lyrics Jiří Voldán
Singer sbor

Hošíčku, přijď za svítání

Songwriter Josef Čebiš
Writer of Lyrics Josef Čebiš
Singer Emilie Zíchová

Včera neděle byla

Songwriter Jiří Šlitr
Writer of Lyrics Jiří Suchý
Singer dívčí sbor

Vy zvonky v Loretě

Songwriter Josef Poncár

Červená sukýnka

Songwriter Václav Bláha

Production info

Original Title

Matěji, proč tě holky nechtějí?

Czech Title

Matěji, proč tě holky nechtějí?

English Title

Anything but Hot

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1981

Production Year

1980

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 13 February 1980
start of filming 16 June 1980
technical Screenplay approved 11 July 1980
end of filming 19 December 1980
projection approval 16 April 1981

Premiere

premiere 7 August 1981

Creative Group

Dramaturgická skupina Miroslava Hladkého, Miroslav Hladký (vedoucí dramaturgické skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

81 min

Original length in metres

2 254 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