The Christening Party

comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Křtiny

Runtime

77

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1981

Production year

1981

Premiere

25.12.1981

Language version

Czech

Director

Zdeněk Podskalský

Screenplay

Zdeněk Podskalský

Screenstory

Jaroslav Dietl, Zdeněk Podskalský

Summary

During the 1980s, Miloš Kopecký was one of the most prolific Czech film and television actors. Screenwriter Jaroslav Dietl found much success in crafting tailor-made projects for Kopecký. Such projects include starring roles in two comedies, Causa Králík (The Rabbit Case, 1979) and Křtiny (The Christening Party, 1981). The protagonist of this particular zany comedy is however somewhat removed from the usual characterisations found in Kopecký’s witty, quip-filled works. In this case, we find the courageous official Čirůvka, a deputy at the Cartographical Institute, becoming entangled in organising fake outdoors baby christenings, thanks to his energetic secretary Karolína (Jiřina Jirásková). A work trip sees the married man spending time with the boss’s attractive secretary Martina (Dagmar Veškrnová). In this strongly-cast project from director Zdeňek Podskalský, a number of characters are named after mushrooms (Čirůvka, Ryzec, Hlívová, Koloděj, Kotrč etc. – or Lepista, Lactarius, Oyster mushroom, Lurid bolete, and Sparassis crispa, respectively).

Synopsis

Two employees of the cartographic institute - the technical deputy director Čirůvka and his colleague Humpl - have different life styles. Čirůvka is a non-energetic, and unambitious. But Humpl, although he does not reach Čirůvka's human and expert qualities, is flattering the director who is to be retired, in order to become his successor. The young draftsman Honza Ryzec invites his girl-friend Naďa for a weekend in Žalovice as his parents will leave. Čirůvka's energetic and pragmatic secretary Karolina tells to her boss that Humpl has a new sexy secretary and she advices him to pinch his "beauty". Čirůvka agrees in the end, and he invites the girl for a trip. Ryzec wants to get a day off and he makes up that they have a big christening party in the family. Čirůvka with Humpl's secretary head to the same city. Karolina spreads in the institute with whom Čirůvka went away. The news hears also Mrs. Čirůvková, and she sets off to Žalovice after her husband. Čirůvka forces Honza to arrange in the village a pretended christening. It takes a lot of work for Honza to get a baby, a mother and to arrange all necessary things. The christening party is supposed to be visited also by the director who is in a near gamekeeper's lodge together with his guests. Despite of all endeavours everything comes out in the end. Monday morning the repentant Čirůvka reports to the new director to explain it all. Surprisingly he learns that it was him who was appointed to the office.

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Cast

Miloš Kopecký

technický náměstek ing. Leoš Čirůvka

Blanka Bohdanová

Vlastička, Čirůvkova žena

Michal Pešek

kreslič Honza Ryzec

Jiřina Jirásková

sekretářka Karolína

Dagmar Veškrnová

sekretářka Martina

Vlastimil Brodský

náměstek Humpl

Libuše Šafránková

zdravotní sestra Naďa, Honzova dívka

Kateřina Chárová

Marča Kolodějová, Honzova kamarádka

Svatopluk Skopal

Franta, Marčin muž

Bedřich Prokoš

personální šéf

Laďka Kozderková

kartografka Hlívová

Karel Vochoč

předseda MNV Kotrč

Jaroslav Vozáb

vrátný Voráček

Karel Hábl

řidič Jarolímek

Jan Kraus

kreslič Kuřátko

Raoul Schránil

ředitel Jan Kryštov

Alena Karešová

úřednice

Taťána Bártová

Marcela

Roman Hemala

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Jiří Škoda

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Jiří Opřátko

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Gaston Šubert

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Miloslav Homola

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Šárka Jerieová

sekretářka

Jan Cmíral

doktor

Jarmila Nedvídková

Honzova matka

Vladimír Pospíšil

Honzův otec

Alois Kočka

harmonikář

Jiří Macák

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Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Zdeněk Troška

Assistant Director

Dalibor Fiksa, Hana Hebrová

Shooting Script

Zdeněk Podskalský

Script Editor

Milena Honzíková

Camera Operator

Bohumil Rath

Production Designer

Boris Moravec

Set Designer

Bohumil Kadlec, Karel Kočí, Vladimír Mácha

Costume Designer

Irena Greifová

Film Editor

Petr Sitár

Sound Designer

Adolf Böhm

Production Manager

Karel Vejřík

Unit Production Manager

Dana Dudová, Lucie Hertlová

Unit Production Manager

Ivana Chobotová

Music

Music Composed by

Vítězslav Hádl

Selected Music

Rudolf Piskáček (Perly panny Serafínky /Vždyť přece hubička/)

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Mario Klemens (FISYO)

Songs

Vždyť přece hubička jen srdce sblíží!, Ta naše hospoda, Pohádka mládí , Hájku háječku, ostatní písně

Songwriter

Rudolf Piskáček (Vždyť přece hubička jen srdce sblíží!), Josef Dobeš (Pohádka mládí ), Vítězslav Hádl (ostatní písně)

Writer of Lyrics

Jiří Balda (Vždyť přece hubička jen srdce sblíží!), Emanuel Brožík (Vždyť přece hubička jen srdce sblíží!), Pavel Žák (ostatní písně)

Singer

Michal Pešek (Vždyť přece hubička jen srdce sblíží!), Kateřina Chárová (Vždyť přece hubička jen srdce sblíží!), Svatopluk Skopal (Ta naše hospoda), Vítězslav Hádl (ostatní písně), Dagmar Veškrnová-Havlová (ostatní písně)

Production info

Original Title

Křtiny

English Title

The Christening Party

Copyright

1981

Production Year

1981

Premiere

25.12.1981

Creative Group

Miloš Brož

Technical info

Format

Betacam, DVD

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 17. mezinárodní festival humoristických a satirických filmů Gabrovo

1983
Gabrovo / Bulgaria
Miloš Kopecký

Vítěz

Festival: 4. festival české a slovenské filmové veselohry Nové Město nad Metují

1982
Nové Město nad Metují / Czechoslovakia