Snowdrops and Daredevils

comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Sněženky a machři

Runtime

82

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1982

Production year

1982

Premiere

01.03.1983

Language version

Czech

Director

Karel Smyczek

Screenplay

Radek John, Ivo Pelant

Screenstory

Radek John, Ivo Pelant

Summary

The tragicomedy Sněženky a machři (Snowdrops and Daredevils, 1982) is one of several “youth” films directed by Karel Smyczek, based on a screenplay by Radek John and Ivo Pelant. This creative team, which had previously produced the successful teenage movies Jen si tak troche písknout (Just to Whistle a Bit, 1980) and Jako zajíci (Like Rabbits, 1981), draws its attentions to somewhat older heroes this time – a group of second-year elementary school students. Compulsory skiing training becomes a premature “rite of passage” both for pupils and their teachers. Among these is experienced professor Boženka, idealistic novice Hanka and the authoritative – and thus not very popular– head skiing instructor professor Karda. He takes his good-looking daughter Karda to the mountains and class rebel Viky Cabadaj tries his best to seduce her. Cabadaj and his friends Karel and Radek form part of the skiing “daredevil” A-team, while the girls’ B-team – the “Snowdrops” – struggles to merely survive in the winter mountains. But far more important are the relationships between the pupils and also the teachers. As soon as the watchful Karda leaves the kids alone in their lodge, an alcohol-fuelled party begins in the boiler room that threatens to spiral out of control. Certain elements from the film are inspired by Radek John’s book Džínový svět (Jean World), as was also the case with Just to Whistle a Bit. But the end effect is an entertaining intergenerational comedy replete with dark undertones. The film is a relatively rare example of a Czech motion picture to have a sequel made many years later: Sněženky a machři po 25 letech (Snowdrops and Daredevils 25 Years Later, 2008) directed by Viktor Tauš. Michal Suchánek (Karel), Václav Kopta (Radek) and Jan Antonín Duchoslav (Viky) take the leading roles. Eva Jeníčková stars as Marika, while naïve professor Hanka is embodied by Veronika Freimanová. Radoslav Brzobohatý plays the part of the dreaded Karda.

Synopsis

Some students of a Prague grammar school are at the compulsory ski training course. The training is headed by Professor Karda who has taken his attractive daughter Marika with him. The pedagogical supervision is provided by the young teacher Hanka, the experienced teacher Boženka and the handsome instructor Vláďa. The course participants are divided into three groups. The first, led by Vláďa, contains the "aces" – Viki, Karel, Radek and also Marika. The second group is led by Boženka and the third by Hanka, whose team is nicknamed the Snowdrops. The students liven up the training, ruled by a strict schedule, with various quips which sometimes get somewhat malicious. This is especially apparent in Viki's interest in Marika who, however, prefers the ski instructor. And also in the overall interest in getting some booze. But Professor Karda never fails to discover all their attempts in advance. The opportunity arrives when Karda must leave to go to another mountain chalet and is supposed to return late the next day. The eternally drunk boilerman brings the students some alcohol to reward them for their help with shoveling coke. At the ensuing party, Karel gets drunk to oblivion and Radek, panicking, calls for Hanka. But everybody keeps denying everything during the investigation and leaves Radek to take the blame alone. They moreover only unwillingly collect money to pay for the booze delivered by the boilerman. Radek is finally helped by Hanka and the boy secretly departs in the morning, leaving an excusatory letter to the young teacher. The students line up for their next training session and slowly realize that they have lost all respect.

Cast

Václav Kopta

student Radek Převrátil

Jan Antonín Duchoslav

student Viki Cabadaj

Michal Suchánek

student Karel Mácha

Radoslav Brzobohatý

profesor Karda

Veronika Freimanová

učitelka Hanka

Valentina Thielová

učitelka Boženka Svozilová

Eva Jeníčková

Marika, Kardova dcera

Pavel Marek

instruktor Vláďa Brťka

Daniel Šedivák

student Novák

Boris Halmi

kotelník Douda

Helena Vaiglová

Zdena

Veronika Neuvirtová

Soňa

Ivana Grošpicová

Jitka

Svatopluk Skřivánek

Jan

Šárka Helmichová

Zrzka

Lucie Fáberová

Zuzana

Michal Petrov

Tyčka

Irena Prokešová

Lucinka

Lucie Tesárková

Marcela

Pavel Tarant

Fogl

Zdeněk Straka

Princ

Martin Stejskal

Ježek

Jan Valenta

Skala

Daniela Wildhageová

blondýnka

Anna Pardonová

černovláska

Karel Kovář

vedoucí chaty

Jana Fialová

Alena

Lenka Fliegelová

Tůmová

Andrea Skálová

Eva

Karel Smyczek

zákazník v cukrárně

Jiřina Jelenská

loučící se matka

Dubbing

Ilona Svobodová

hlas Mariky

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Jiří Ostrý

Assistant Director

Zdeněk Tyc, Marie Brodilová

Script Editor

Pavla Frýdlová

Second Unit Photography

Jiří Ondráček

Production Designer

Boris Halmi

Set Designer

Jiří Matějka, Jaromír Šlápota, Eva Slívová

Costume Designer

Kristina Novotná

Film Editor

Jiří Brožek

Sound Designer

Jiří Moudrý

Production Manager

Jiří Beránek

Unit Production Manager

Vladimíra Kopecká, Miroslav Dousek, Vlasta Synkulová

Unit Production Manager

Miloš Zajdl

Cooperation

K. Šimková, Eva Horázná, Václav Litoš, Jitka Zvirocká, Jiří Kučera

Music

Music Composed by

Zdeněk John

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO)

Songs

Šlapej dál, Děláme, co můžem, Tam za poslední celnicí

Songwriter

Hank Williams (Šlapej dál), Jiří Dospěl (Děláme, co můžem), Bohuslav Ondráček (Tam za poslední celnicí)

Writer of Lyrics

Jan Vyčítal (Šlapej dál), Michael Prostějovský (Děláme, co můžem), Zdeněk Borovec (Tam za poslední celnicí)

Singer

Michal Tučný (Šlapej dál), Michal Tučný (Děláme, co můžem), Zdeněk Rytíř (Děláme, co můžem), Václav Kopta (Tam za poslední celnicí)

Production info

Original Title

Sněženky a machři

English Title

Snowdrops and Daredevils

Copyright

1982

Production Year

1982

Premiere

01.03.1983

Creative Group

Václav Erben

Technical info

Format

Betacam, DVD

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 21. mezinárodní festival filmů pro děti a mládež Gijón

1983
Gijón / Spain