Love at Second Sight

comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Láska na druhý pohled

Runtime

98

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1981

Production year

1981

Premiere

06.08.1982

Language version

Czech

Director

Ladislav Rychman

Screenplay

Jiří Just, Ladislav Rychman

Screenstory

Jiří Just

Summary

Venca is a bricklayer, yet he introduces himself as an undergraduate to Pavla, a pretty student at the construction faculty. The minor deception is discovered – but that doesn’t stop the young people from growing close. For the girl’s parents, however, Venca’s social status is, at first, unacceptable. Meanwhile, it becomes clear that the young man's parents, conventional types devoted to building the family villa, also don’t accept the young love... The director of this 1981 satire on the contemporary petit bourgeois, adorned with songs by Jiří Bažant and Jiří Malásek, is Ladislav Rychman. However, Láska na druhý pohled (Love at Second Sight) rather trails the testimony to a generation offered by his Starci na chmelu (Hop-Pickers, 1965). Ilona Svobodová and Jan Čenský debuted in the main roles, but the experienced director entrusted the parts of the parents to tried and tested acting old hands – Míla Myslíková, Josef Větrovec, Rudolf Jelínek and Marie Málková.

Synopsis

Pavla Pokorná is a student of the building construction faculty. - The bricklayer Venca Bidlas works at the construction site of a large house settlement. He is not looking forward to get home because he has to help his parents build a large family villa. One evening he and his friends try to get in vain in a university club. Venca plucks up courage and he addresses Pavla. He tells her he is a medical student Evžen. He falls in love with her and she likes the handsome young man as well. Venca wants to tell Pavla the truth, but before he decides to do it, the girl finds the truth herself during a practical training at the building construction. First she gets offended, but as she loves Venca, she makes it up with him again. But she wants that he plays a medical student in front of her parents. Venca does not like this pretending and he better tells the truth. Her parents, The Pokornýs throw him out. They do mind that he is only a bricklayer. Also his parents are fogies and they do not allow to Pavla to stay overnight when she comes to visit their son. Pavel wants to sleep in the park in a tent, but Pavla runs away to her uncle, who offers them a flatlet. Venca's parents set out to Pavla's parents, to stop their son's relationship. They all quarrel together, but in the end they reconcile. The Bidlases have a villa, but they don't have money to complete it. The Pokornýs have savings. The villa will be completed, the young couple will get married and everybody will move in. But the young couple does not want to live with their parents and they better move to the flat where the Pokornýs used to live before.

Cast

Ilona Svobodová

studentka Pavla Pokorná

Jan Čenský

zedník Venca Bidlas

Miroslav Vladyka

Ludvík Richter, Pavlin kolega

Josef Větrovec

Bidlas, Vencův otec

Míla Myslíková

Bidlasová, Vencova matka

Rudolf Jelínek

Karel Pokorný, Pavlin otec

Marie Málková

Pokorná, Pavlina matka

Zuzana Schulzová

Eva, Ludvíkova dívka

Václav Beránek

strýc Evžen Dvořáček

Václav Štekl

profesor lékařské fakulty

Ladislav Potměšil

asistent lékařské fakulty

Zuzana Burianová

blondýnka se skříní

Karel Chromík

asistent na ČVUT

Božena Lišková

zpěvačka

Roman Skamene

zedník Lojza

Vlastimil Zavřel

zedník Čenda

Jan Kraus

zedník Emil

Věra Kramešová

Piťhova žena

Bořík Procházka

stavbyvedoucí

Ferdinand Havlík

otec Richter

Jana Vaňková

matka Richterová

Hana Brejchová

úřednice na stavbě

Ladislav Trojan

zednický mistr

Vítězslav Bouchner

Blažek

Jan Cmíral

profesor vysoké školy stavební

Marie-Luisa Váchová

servírka

Miro Grisa

student A

Hana Štolcpartová

studentka B

Gustav Bubník

student C

Roman Janoušek

student-předzpěvák

Magdalena Císlerová

studentka

Jan Cmíral ml.

student

Hana Čížková (2)

studentka

Michal Dymek

mladík u parku

Ivo Helikar

student

Jiří Konečný (2)

student

Jiří Kopta

student

Jiřina Kotoučová

studentka

Pavel Linhart

student

Jiří Máša

student

Ota Sládek

student

Jolana Zelinková

studentka

Miloslav Šindler

mistr Bednář

Blažena Vrzalová

Blažková

Luboš Ocásek

Jarda

Karel Bělohradský

řidič nákladního auta

Jarmila Horská

brigádnice

Karel Hovorka ml.

podpraporčík VB

Vladimír Just

vousáč

Jiří Kraus

motocyklista

Richard Maška

pořadatel

Květuše Zemanová

prodavačka

Jaroslava Janovová

žena

Jiří Augusta

hudebník

Ctibor Ješina

hudebník

Ivan Krušina

hudebník

Jan Machat

hudebník

Petr Malásek

hudebník

Richard Srbený

hudebník

Jakub Zahradník

hudebník

Michal Dlouhý

malý Piťha

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Jiří Ostrý

Assistant Director

Corina Schlesingerová, Jana Goetzová

Screenstory

Jiří Just

Shooting Script

Ladislav Rychman

Script Editor

Josef Bouček

Second Unit Photography

Rudolf Jokl

Camera Operator

Stanislav Šťastný

Production Designer

Oldřich Bosák

Set Designer

Zdeněk Jeřábek, Rudolf Kinský, Radim Valak

Costume Designer

Marie Franková

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Sound Designer

Jiří Moudrý

Production Manager

Ladislav Novotný

Unit Production Manager

Petr Čapek, Ulrich Jiří ml.

Unit Production Manager

Irena Koucká, Jana Příkaská

Cooperation

Stanislav Šťastný, Miloš Schmiedberger (2), Dalibor Lipský, Zuzana Plecerová, František Císař, Magda Hájková

Music

Music Performed by

Studiová skupina Pavla Větrovce

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (Studiová skupina Pavla Větrovce)

Songs

Láska na druhý pohled, Počítej, žáku, počítej

Songwriter

Jiří Malásek (Láska na druhý pohled), Jiří Bažant (Láska na druhý pohled), Jiří Malásek (Počítej, žáku, počítej), Jiří Bažant (Počítej, žáku, počítej)

Writer of Lyrics

Michal Bukovič (Láska na druhý pohled), Jiří Just (Počítej, žáku, počítej), Ladislav Rychman (Počítej, žáku, počítej)

Singer

Božena Lišková (Láska na druhý pohled), Posluchači herectví Pražské konzervatoře (Počítej, žáku, počítej)

Production info

Original Title

Láska na druhý pohled

English Title

Love at Second Sight

Copyright

1981

Production Year

1981

Premiere

06.08.1982

Creative Group

Vladimír Kalina

Technical info

Format

35mm , Betacam

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 33. filmový festival pracujících – léto ´82

1982
63 měst / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 33. filmový festival pracujících – léto ´82

1982
63 měst / Czechoslovakia
Ilona Svobodová