The Glass House

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1981

Production year

1981

Premiere

20 August 1982

Runtime

74 min

Director

Vít Olmer

Category

film

Genre

drama, psychological

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Skleněný dům

Czech title

Skleněný dům

English title

The Glass House

Summary

Actor Vít Olmer’s decision to establish himself as a director took root in the early 1980s with the making of several coming-of-age films. Apart from Sonáta pro zrzku (Sonata for a Red-Haired Girl, 1980) and Stav ztroskotání (State Of Shipwreck, 1983), he also created Skleněný dům (The Glass House). The protagonist of this 1981 psychological drama is the emotionally traumatised girl Pavla, who has developed an unhealthy attachment to her young tutor, Jarmila. However, Jarmila is not prepared to give up her own life for a lonely, socially troubled charge, and Pavla takes Jarmila’s planned marriage and imminent departure as a betrayal… Olmer realised Irena Charvátová’s modest script with a clear understanding of the mentality of its adolescent heroine. The lead role was the first film appearance for talented actress Michaela Kudláčková. Also making her debut was Michaela Kuklová in the role of Anežka while Veronika Freimanová played Jarmila.

Synopsis

A children's home located in a village château receives a newcomer - a girl called Pavla Malíková. Pavla does not like the place and thus often gets into conflict with both the inmates and the teachers. Only the young teacher Jarmila protects her and finally succeeds in gaining Pavla's trust. Jarmila's kindness, however, soon causes problems. The emotionally parched Pavla, whose father is an alcoholic, gets chronically fixated on Jarmila and requires her boundless and unconditional attention. The possessive fixation on the teacher culminates during a trip which Jarmila's fiancé also participates in. Pavla is jealous of him and turns unbearable. As soon as she tries to interfere in Jarmila's private life after their return, she is strictly turned down by the teacher. But Pavla still cannot believe that her beloved Jarmila is getting married. She organizes an "anti-wedding" on her wedding day, planning to mock Jarmila's most important event. After intervention by the teacher called Morávková, she runs away to the park, experiencing a heavy storm there. She falls ill the next day and is happy when Jarmila visits and tends to her. But her happiness is short-lived. She learns from a friend, Veronika, that the teacher is pregnant and will be leaving the home. The desperate Pavla rudely attacts and offends the young woman. From the garden, she then breaks the window of a dining room where a farewell party is being held. Her revolt is, however, futile. She simply must come to terms with the departure of her favourite teacher, as well as with her own destiny.

Cast

Michaela Kudláčková

Pavla Malíková

Václav Knop

Jiří Malík, Pavlin otec

Veronika Freimanová

vychovatelka Jarmila

Anna Ferencová

vychovatelka Morávková

Viktor Nejedlý

Václavík

Gabriela Džurbanová

cikánka Veronika Stojková

Hana Hercíková

Vlasta

Beatrice Gumíňská

Olina

Hana Znamenáčková

Ivana

Květa Balogová

Květa

Martin Vedral

Oldřich Zalabák

Aleš Machalíček

Míša

Robert Pelecháč

Gejza

Jan Kehár

Zdeněk

Jan Kreidl

Pepík Zelenka

Petr Fiala

dlouhán Vašek

Petr Nejezchleba

ředitel dětského domova Drábek

Jiří Kodeš

Milan, Jarmilin přítel

Taťjána Sobotková

vychovatelka Miluška Faltejsková

Pavel Dobruský

Pavlík

Eva Holubová

Šedivá, Pavlíkova matka

Soňa Tittelbachová

Soňa

Dita Prachařová

Dita

Jana Davídková

Jana

Jaromír Soušek

adoptivní otec

Eva Kudláčková st.

adoptivní matka

Iva Petříčková

vychovatelka Věra

Milan Cafourek

šermíř

Vladimír Holub

šermíř

Pavel Mařík

šermíř

Václav Mrázek

šermíř

Jan Novobilský

šermíř

Jaroslav Pilňáček

šermíř

Jiří Sladký

šermíř

Jiří Sudík

šermíř

Miroslav Sudík

šermíř

děti a zaměstnanci DD v Nemyšli

Crew and creators

Director

Vít Olmer

Second Unit Director

Milada Mikešová

Assistant Director

Zuzana Zemanová, René Slauka

Script Supervisor

Marie Hejzlarová

Shooting Script

Vít Olmer

Director of Photography

Juraj Fándli

Second Unit Photography

Ota Kopřiva

Camera Operator

David Remunda

Production Designer

Aleš Voleman

Assistent Production Designer

Pavel Pitner

Costume Designer

Jana Zbořilová

Assistant Film Editor

Anna Mejtská, Eliška Willigová

Sound Designer

Antonín Kravka

Production Manager

Jaromír Lukáš

Unit Production Manager

Pavel Nový, Jiří Synek

Unit Production Manager

Dagmar Pitráková, Ondřej Sláma

Consultant

Miroslav Vích

Cooperation

Hana Suchá (klapka), Zdeněk Vávra (fotograf)

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Stivín

Selected Music

Johann Mattheson (Chaconne), Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (Svatební průvod)

Music Performed by

Jiří Stivín & Co (Music Conducted by Mario Klemens)

Songs

Jaká jsem

Songwriter Karel Vágner
Writer of Lyrics Pavel Žák
Singer Hana Zagorová

Jen jednou dostat šanci

Songwriter Oldřich Říha
Writer of Lyrics Ladislav Vostárek
Singer Katapult

Beatles

Songwriter Karel Svoboda
Writer of Lyrics Eduard Krečmar
Singer Karel Gott

Až /A co děti, mají si kde hrát?/

Songwriter Oldřich Říha
Writer of Lyrics Ladislav Vostárek
Singer Katapult

Svatební průvod

Songwriter Ernest Breuer
Writer of Lyrics Jiří Grossmann
Singer Naďa Urbánkovádívčí sbor

My jsme děti veselé

Singer dětský sbor

Půlnoční závodní dráha

Songwriter Oldřich Říha
Writer of Lyrics Ladislav VostárekMilan Flanderka
Singer Katapult

Production info

Original Title

Skleněný dům

Czech Title

Skleněný dům

English Title

The Glass House

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama, psychological

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1981

Production Year

1981

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 24 April 1980
start of filming 1 June 1981
technical Screenplay approved 1 July 1981
end of filming 20 November 1981
projection approval 2 December 1981

Premiere

premiere 20 August 1982 /suitable for youths/

Creative Group

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

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

74 min

Original length in metres

2 129 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 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

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: Mezinárodní filmový festival FEST ´83 Bělehrad

1983
Bělehrad / Serbia

Vítěz

Festival: 20. mezinárodní festival filmů pro děti a mládež Gijón

1982
Gijón / Spain

Vítěz

Festival: 22. mezinárodní festival neorealistických filmů Avellino

1982
Avellino / Italy
Irena Charvátová

Vítěz

Festival: 20. mezinárodní festival filmů pro děti a mládež Gijón

1982
Gijón / Spain

Vítěz

Festival: 22. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1982
Zlín / Czechoslovakia
Michaela Kudláčková

Vítěz

Festival: 20. mezinárodní festival filmů pro děti a mládež Gijón

1982
Gijón / Spain

Vítěz

Exhibition: 14. národní přehlídka filmů pro děti Ostrov nad Ohří

1982
Ostrov nad Ohří / Czechoslovakia
Michaela Kudláčková