Insane Cancan

drama

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Šílený kankán

Runtime

91 min

Country

Czechoslovakia, Austria

Copyright

1982

Production year

1982

Premiere

01.05.1983

Language version

Czech

Director

Jaroslav Balík, Hannes Zell

Summary

This 1982 Czech-Austrian historical drama from director Jaroslav Balík takes place in Vienna after the First World War. The protagonists are former officer Krumka and his profiteering servant Scholef, who reunite after the lost war. The uncouth Scholef knows how to make money, but he needs the elegant Krumka to provide contacts and representation among high society. Social animosity endures between the pair, even during the years of the Great Depression and the rise of fascism… Josef Vinklář (Scholef) and Karel Heřmánek (Krumka) star in this largely forgettable feature. Hannel Zell, who collaborated on the adaptation of the novel by Austrian writer Robert Müller for the screenplay, also assumed the role of assistant director.

Synopsis

It is the third year of the First Wold War and an Austrian soldier, Scholef, of Galician origin, pays for having himself shot to avoid having to fight. In an infirmary, a commissioned officer called Krumka engages him as his batman. He finds Scholef's black marketeering skills useful, but otherwise, he despises the plebeian servant. The two men part after the lost war. Austria is shaken by social disturbances. Krumka contacts his former friends from the front but they, too, have problems asserting themselves – contrary to Scholef, dealing with everything, who is doing great. The police disperse a worker's demonstration on a Vienna street. Krumka gets involved by accident and, in the turmoil, helps Helena, the daughter of a banker by the name Lustig. The poverty-stricken Krumka then meets the prosperous Scholef and they team up. The coarse Scholef is gifted in reproducing money while the elegant Krumka has good social contacts. The former officer receives support from bankers through Helena whom he woos. Scholef and Krumka take the accountant Sedláček and his assistant Hilda into their business company, and Hilda becomes Krumka's lover. Scholef falls passionately in love with an operetta soubrette, Hortensie. Due to the favour of an old Prince Czapp, Krumka gets most of his property and buys his palace as the company's seat after his death. The company benefits from stock exchange speculations and bank machinations. The expensive and extravagant life of the two cronies ruins the company but they are saved by a deceit in which high political and business circles are involved. One time, Krupka ridicules his companion in the presence of Hortensie, reminding him that he once used to polish his shoes. The offended Scholef thinks about revenge and providently transfers his money to a Swiss bank before the outbreak of an economic crisis. He also fires Sedláček. Lustig commits suicide after the stock exchange crashes. Krumka, too, is affected. Scholef tells him how he saved his property and then fires him unscrupulously. Sedláček meanwhile became a ministry employee and summons Scholef on the basis of Krumka's information. He wants money and threatens to sue him for tax evasion. Scholef, however, is not afraid – he has enough compromising material on everybody. He organizes an expensive wedding with Hortensie. But no one from high society comes to the wedding banquet; the only visitor is Krumka bringing roses for the bride. When the former companions go to the balcony to talk, somebody of Krumka's new friends – Fascists – shoots Scholef dead on his pre-arranged sign.

Cast

Josef Vinklář

haličský šmelinář Milan Scholef

Karel Heřmánek

major Herman Krumka, Scholefův společník

Ota Sklenčka

komerční rada Lustig, vídeňský bankéř

Jiří Dohnal

plukovník kníže Sigismund Czapp von Eppinghausen

Jan Teplý

účetní Sedláček

Hana Talpová

operetní zpěvačka Hortensie

Zuzana Geislerová

Helena, Lustigova dcera

Valerie Zawadská

sekretářka Hildegarda Höferová

Miroslav Moravec

hrabě Drobowitz

Josef Langmiler

burzovní znalec Willander

Zdeněk Ornest

sekční rada Tiele

Jan Přeučil

fašista Tschako

Bořivoj Navrátil

důstojník Hans Krebs, později autoprodejce

Nelly Gaierová

hraběnka Fitz-Dietersteinová

Ladislav Frej

sociální demokrat Gessner

Edd Stavjanik

Rüdiger

Ljuba Krbová

prostitutka

Edita Dindělová

prostitutka

Oldřich Velen

továrník Kapp

Veronika Gajerová

Marta, přítelkyně hraběte

Lucie Žulová

Gretchen, přítelkyně hraběte

Dagmar Patrasová

přítelkyně hraběte

Lenka Horáková

Elfie, přítelkyně hraběte

Václav Kotva

sluha u Krumky

Jaroslava Kretschmerová

tanečnice Zizi

Hana Pastejříková

tanečnice Fifi

Gustav Nezval

ministr financí

Ondřej Havelka

novinář

Jana Viščaková

Lili

Miloš Vavruška

komunistický funkcionář

Hana Packertová

dáma v modrém

Marie Kulhavá

dáma

Jarmila Nedvídková

dáma

Dana Pilařová

dáma

Jana Fiedlerová

dáma

Radan Rusev

mladík

Zdeněk Žák

mladík

Igor Smržík

Lustigův komorník

Antonín Kramerius

Lustigův sluha

Zdeněk Štěpánek

mluvčí dělníků

Lubomír Tlalka

žokej Imre

Marcel Vašinka

mladý dělník

Josef A. Stehlík

otec Hortensie, berní úředník v. v.

Věra Kalendová

zdravotní sestra v lazaretu

Kateřina Lírová

zdravotní sestra

Miloslav Homola

voják-šmelinář

Zdeněk Procházka (kouzelník)

kouzelník

Simona Chytrová

společnice kouzelníka

Tomáš Jančařík

mladý elegán

Miroslav Kořínek

číšník zvaný Zuzanka

Gustav Heverle

burzián

Zdeněk Munzar

klavírista

Jan Grygar

voják

Ladislav Hádl

voják

Jiří Havlík

voják

Karel Nonner

voják

Zdeněk Kutil

voják střílející na Scholefa

Ivo Niederle

úředník u Krumky

Karel Peyr

finančník

Zdeněk Hurník

zákazník

Zuzana Skalická

zraněná dívka

Jaroslav Tomsa

Hölbinger

Stanislav Hájek

zřízenec

Dušan Fiedler

muž soutěžící o zlatou cihlu

Pavel Havránek

muž soutěžící o zlatou cihlu

Pavel Jiras

muž soutěžící o zlatou cihlu

Vladimír Kříž

muž soutěžící o zlatou cihlu

Vít Pešina

muž soutěžící o zlatou cihlu

Milan Livora

dělník

Robert Vondrovic

citerista/muzikant

Jan Pačes

muzikant

Tomáš Jírovec

hudebník/muzikant

Jiří Kalla

hudebník/muzikant

Milan Sivek

hudebník/muzikant

Vítězslav Slouka

hudebník/muzikant

Arnošt Vrána

hudebník/muzikant

Petr Drešer

harmonikář

Stanislav Štěpán

harmonikář

Zdeněk Srstka

hostinský

Dubbing

Václav Kaňkovský

hlas otce Hortensie

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Milena Kropáčková

Assistant Director

Igor Smržík, Magda Vodičková, V. Koubek

Based on

Robert Müller (Piráti /Flibustier/ – novela)

Shooting Script

Jaroslav Balík

Script Editor

Oldřich Železný

Second Unit Photography

Oldřich Kovář (kamera)

Camera Operator

Vojtěch Kuthan

Production Designer

Vladimír Labský

Set Designer

Karel Kracík, Miloš Sršeň, Pavel Šoltys

Costume Designer

Milan Čorba, Marie Franková

Film Editor

Eva Bobková

Sound Designer

Jiří Kříž

Stunts

Arnošt Böhm, Václav Burkert, Rudolf Čumpelík, Vladimír Čumpelík, Leoš Ditrich, Petr Drozda, Karel Engel, Radek Hošek, Josef Hrubý, František Jákl, Petr Jákl st., Miroslav Jíra, Jiří Kalenský, Jiří Kasík, Milan Kindl, Jaroslav Klenot, Jiří Klenot, Zdeněk Kopecký, Antonín Kramerius, Jiří Kraus, Jan Kriesman, Zdeněk Krumpl, Jiří Kuba, Miroslav Lahoda, Pavel Myslík, Josef Pechanec, Zdeněk Plavec, Marek Pravda, Jindřich Sejk, Oldřich Semerák, Jiří Sládek, František Stupka, Jaroslav Šanda, Jaroslav Špáňa, Viktor Šťastný, Stanislav Tůma, Karel Vítek, Jaroslav Vlk, Ludvík Wolf

Unit Production Manager

Roman Bartoníček, Milana Melcerová

Unit Production Manager

Luděk Blažek

Cooperation

Hana Vítková (2), Helena Lehovcová, František Císař, Vladimír Souček

Music

Music Composed by

Karel Mareš

Selected Music

Jacques Offenbach (Krásná Helena – opereta ), Carl Millöcker (Gasparone – opereta )

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Mario Klemens (FISYO)

Songs

Adieu,mein kleiner Gardeoffizier

Songwriter

Robert Stolz (Adieu,mein kleiner Gardeoffizier)

Writer of Lyrics

Walter Reisch (Adieu,mein kleiner Gardeoffizier)

Singer

Greta Keller (Adieu,mein kleiner Gardeoffizier)

Danced by

Erna Březinová, Monika Bolardová, Zdeňka Gabzdylová, Naděžda Izakovičová, Nataša Lukaničová, Jitka Zámečníková, Renata Schmiedtmajerová, Helena Štěrbová

Production info

Original Title

Šílený kankán

English Title

Insane Cancan

Working Title

Piráti

Parallel Title

Die Schieber

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia, Austria

Copyright

1982

Production Year

1982

Premiere

01.05.1983

Creative Group

Václav Erben

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

91 min

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 21. festival českých a slovenských filmů Ostrava

1983
Ostrava / Czechoslovakia
Josef Vinklář

Vítěz

Festival: 21. festival českých a slovenských filmů Ostrava

1983
Ostrava / Czechoslovakia