A Dragon Down the Lane

fairytale

Typology

feature

Czech title

Za humny je drak

Runtime

88

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1982

Production year

1982

Premiere

01.10.1983

Language version

Czech

Director

Radim Cvrček

Summary

Markéta Zinnerová’s relationship to Czechoslovak cinema stemmed from her inspirational literary works and screenwriting endeavours. This cheerful fairytale from 1982, directed by Radim Cvrček, is one feature film that hit the silver screen thanks to an adaptation of a Zinnerová story. It is the dragon Mrak who serves as the protagonist. He’s quite frankly not been getting enough to eat, and this has turned him into a jolly nice fellow. The charcoal burner’s daughter Lidka meets Mrak in a forest and befriends him. But the king, and father of Princess Viola, will not let claims of the dragon’s harmlessness reach his ears. Meanwhile, the princess is making her father unhappy by falling in love with the wandering lutenist Marian. And the noble Prince Jan is all eyes for Lidka… Jiří Císler plays the comic role of the fearful king in this harmless fairytale. Ivana Andrlová and Jana Beránková portray Lidka and Princess Viola, respectively. Josef Kemr lent his voice to the dragon, created, one might add, with a range of special effects tied to the technology level then available at Gottwaldov Studio (now Zlín).

Synopsis

A grandfather in a charcoal burner's cottage reads to his grandchildren from an old chronicle about a failed dragon called Cloud which grew up into a good-natured dragon due to insufficient nourishment. The charcoal burner, Patočka, thinks that a fraudulent competitor has settled in the forest. The king promises him rectification, but when the hunters arrive at the mentioned place, they find the dragon there. They do not know that it he is in fact a good-natured one, and run away from him in fear. The birthday of the princess Viola is being celebrated at the castle and the king does not want to hear anything about the dragon now. Viola meets a wandering lute player, Marián, and the two fall in love at first sight. But the king does not like it at all. The charcoal burner's daughter Lidka, picking raspberries in the forest, meets Cloud and finds out that he is an extremely kind soul. This news, however, does not get to the castle and the king thus speculates about who can save Viola from the dragon. Because saviours do not really come flocking, it comes to his mind to sacrifice Lidka instead of Viola. Because dragons only eat princesses, he immediately dubs Patočka the king of the Wooden Kingdom. But Viola does not want Lidka to substitute for her. She escapes from a goat shed where her father locked her, and sets off to the dragon with Lidka. In a forest glade, they not only find the dragon but also Marián and Viola's brother, prince Jan, who likes Lidka. The king does not want to hear anything about the loves of his children but as soon as the dragon berates him, he takes fright and becomes compliant with their choices. He moreover thinks that he could use the dragon in fighting his enemy. Cloud and Patočka nevertheless scatter both armies and force the two hostile sides sign a peace agreement. Happiness returns to the kingdom. Viola marries Marián who turns out to be the son of a king, Lidka marries prince Jan and the grandfather cradles the royal heirs while recording the new events in the chronicle.

Cast

Jiří Císler

král Jan

Štefan Kvietik

uhlíř Patočka

Josef Kemr

děda Kovanda

Lubomír Kostelka

hrabě Hugo z Justova

Ivana Andrlová

Lidka, Patočkova dcera

Jan Šťastný

princ Jan, syn krále Jana

Jana Beránková

Viola, dcera krále Jana

Maroš Kramár

loutnista Marián

Peter Debnár

Černovous

Jozef Jakubec

Vincek

Martin Mráz

Matěj Patočka

Miroslav Krejčiřík

Jožánek

Drahomíra Hofmanová

Růžena, Patočkova žena

Mojmír Maděrič

šlechtic Radomil

Jaromír Roštínský

šlechtic Marek

Karel Semerád

šlechtic Zdislav

Oldřich Velen

šlechtic Otto

Jan Skopeček

jasnovidec

Antonín Jedlička

hvězdopravec

Stanislav Tříska

žalářník

Karol Čálik

králův komorník

Oldřich Vykypěl

král Marian

Zdeněk Sýkora

hlásný

Miroslav Středa

lovčí Bořivoj

Maxmilian Hornyš

starší šlechtic

Jaroslav Šikula

starší šlechtic

Pavel Leicman

šlechtic

František Houdek

šlechtic

Zdeněk Dvořák

šlechtic

Milan Rabas

bubeník

Josef Mimránek

bubeník

Mirko Janata

bubeník

Dubbing

Miroslav Moravec

hlas uhlíře Patočky

Michal Suchánek

hlas prince Jana

Ilona Svobodová

hlas Violy

Petr Svoboda

hlas Mariána

Jiří Bruder

hlas Černovouse

Karel Sommer

hlas Vincka

Marcel Čermák

hlas Matěje

Martin Sobotka

hlas Jožánka

Jiří Prager

hlas šlechtice Marka

Jan Faltýnek

hlas komorníka

Dalimil Klapka

hlas kočího

Josef Kemr

hlas draka

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Ivan Frič

Assistant Director

František Hlaváček, Eva Cvrčková

Script Editor

Jaroslav Petřík

Second Unit Photography

Arne Parduba

Production Designer

Zdeněk Rozkopal

Set Designer

Ivo Formánek, Jaroslav Chytrý, Josef Vojtášek

Costume Designer

Taťána Havlíčková

Sound Designer

Radomír Koutek

Production Manager

Zdeněk Stibor

Unit Production Manager

Věra Kopecká, Jiří Zemanec

Unit Production Manager

Kamil Spáčil, Marie Šenkeříková

Cooperation

Renata Gondová, Josef Havlíček, Ladislav Procházka, Zdeněk Skaunic, Jiří Zobač, Petr Smola, Krajské středisko Státní památkové péče a ochrany přírody v Brně, Marie Vrlová, Vlasta Malotová

Music

Music Composed by

Harry Macourek

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO)

Songs

Maliny jsem trhala, Píseň loutnisty

Songwriter

Harry Macourek (Maliny jsem trhala), Harry Macourek (Píseň loutnisty)

Writer of Lyrics

Ivo T. Havlů (Maliny jsem trhala), Ivo T. Havlů (Píseň loutnisty)

Singer

Ivana Andrlová (Maliny jsem trhala), Maroš Kramár [dab] (Píseň loutnisty), Dalibor Mašek (Píseň loutnisty)

Production info

Original Title

Za humny je drak

English Title

A Dragon Down the Lane

Copyright

1982

Production Year

1982

Premiere

01.10.1983

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Exhibition: 15. národní přehlídka filmů pro děti Ostrov nad Ohří

1983
Ostrov nad Ohří / Czechoslovakia
Jiří Císler