A Fairy-Tale about Pinkie

fairytale

Typology

feature

Czech title

Pohádka o Malíčkovi

Runtime

80

Country

Czechoslovakia, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

Copyright

1985

Production year

1985

Premiere

01.09.1987

Language version

Czech

Director

Gunárs Piesis

Screenplay

Gunárs Piesis

Summary

The familiar story of an outsider who overcomes an incomparably stronger adversary thanks to his bravery and wit is relayed in this 1985 Czech-Latvian coproduction. Latvian screenwriter and director Gunárs Piesis, Prague’s Barrandov Studios and Riga Film Studio cooperated to produce this nuanced family-fantasy picture which draws heavily on the play Spirídítis (Pinkie) written in 1905 by Latvia’s Anna Brigadere. In that very year there had been an unsuccessful Latvian uprising against Russian rule and a massive wave of emigration had followed. In the film, the orphan boy’s love for his homeland is entwined with patience and the ability to overcome suffering, which are all presented as typically Latvian traits. There are some gripping performances from the cast, including Zdeněk Řehoř as the King, Miloslav Horáček as the Devil and Miroslav Moravec in the role of the Giant.

Synopsis

A devil appears in a cloud of smoke amidst a splendid celebration held at a royal court, announcing to the alarmed participants that he has chosen the princess Goldilocks for his bride and that he will take her away in three days. The king sends out messengers to search the whole country and bring brave volunteers to the court. He promises half of the kingdom and the hand of the princess for her rescue, but no one is interested. At that time, a petite and orphaned boy called Pinkie is leaving his native village. He was chased out by the unkind treatment of his mean stepmother. The only ones who pity him are his grandmother and the stepmother's daughter Lienite. The boy almost drowns in a morass but is helped by the Mother of Winds - a kind fairy-tale creature who gives him a magic pipe. Its whistle makes everyone dance whether they want to or not. Pinkie helps some little children who were caught by an evil giant. When the pipe dances the monster out of breath, it lets the children out of its cave and promises to never harm anybody again. The Mother of Woods gives Pinkie a magic wand. Anyone who touches it cannot let go of it no matter how strong they are. A stingy lord and his maid are counting coins. They hire Pinkie to guard their house from thieves. At night, the compassionate boy lets in a miserable old pilgrim. The meanie wants to beat the old man with his whip and he torments Pinkie, too. The magic wand, however, sticks the greedy inhabitants of the house to the pile of gold coins. It turns out that the pilgrim is an old magician. He gives Pinkie a magic ring which, if twisted, can transport its owner to anywhere he wants. Pinkie applies for the princess' rescue. He arrives at the château just in time. He tires the devil with dance and paralyzes him with the magic wand. And because he also breaks off one of his horns, the devil cannot return to earth from hell. But the ungrateful princess does not want Pinkie for her husband. She even plans to have him killed by an evil seeress after the celebrations. But magic protects the boy. He then flies on the wings of a swan to the promised land - back to his grandmother and Lienite. Soon after, he is visited by the king who wants to buy the magic things. The boy receives a bag of golden coins but he has already returned the objects. The king fortunately takes the stepmother with him, making her a lady at his court, and Pinkie is finally happy.

Film online

Cast

Ronalds Neilands

Malíček

Dace Gasiuňa

Lienite, Malíčkova nevlastní sestra

Elvira Baldiňa

babička

Miroslava Součková

princezna Zlatovláska

Juris Strenga

lakomec

Astrida Kajriša

Matka větrů

Mirdza Martinsone

Matka lesů

Antra Liedskalniňa

čarodějnice

Valentins Skulme

ministr

Ubis Dumpis

ministr

Jiří Havel

ministr

Jaroslav Fert

ministr

Josef Husník

ministr

Jan Skopeček

ministr

Renata Mašková

dvorní dáma

Elze Radziňa

dvorní dáma

Milena Steinmasslová

dvorní dáma

Vlasta Žehrová

dvorní dáma

Jana Viščaková

učitelka

L. Slavíková

učitelka

Anda Zaice

služka

Alfreds Videnieks

stařec

Jiří Ťoupal

dítě

Michal Dufek

klaun

Kateřina Prosová

klaunka

J. Hladký

klaun

P. Bém

posel

J. Matyášek

posel

J. Nykodým

posel

J. Richter

posel

M. Bláha

tanečník

S. Fišerová

tanečnice

Renáta Fučíková

tanečnice

O. Jedličková

tanečnice

Helena Jelínková

tanečnice

I. Kotásková

tanečnice

P. Kubal

tanečník

Karel Littera

tanečník

Petr Novák (2)

tanečník

Stanislav Olbricht

tanečník

R. Pálenský

tanečník

Simona Polcarová

tanečnice

Bronislav Roznos

tanečník

P. Šmeralová

tanečnice

Cyril Štampach

tanečník

J. Veselá

tanečnice

Egon Majsaks

herold

Jan Zouhar

herold

J. Garoš

herold

J. Haas

herold

J. Čížek

herold

E. Müller

herold

Ladislav Kocourek

kaskadér

Hana Ludvíková

kaskadérka

Dita Čejchanová

dubl čarodějnice

Dubbing

Jan Klíma

hlas Malíčka

Jana Páleníčková

hlas Lienite

Hana Pastejříková

hlas macechy

Ludmila Roubíková

hlas babičky

Jarmila Švehlová

hlas princezny Zlatovlásky

Michal Pavlata

hlas čerta

Stanislav Fišer

hlas lakomce

Drahoslava Landsmanová

hlas Matky větrů

Hana Talpová

hlas Matky lesů

Ljuba Krbová

hlas čarodějnice

Soběslav Sejk

hlas starce

Otto Lackovič

hlas herolda

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Martin Mahdal, Sergej Berdičevskij

Based on

Anna Brigadere (Malíček /Spriditis/ – divadelní hra)

Screenplay

Gunárs Piesis

Production Designer

Ivar Mailitis, Miloš Červinka

Set Designer

Karel Kracík, Milan Šebo, Milan Šefrna

Film Editor

Lienite Baliň, Jiřina Skalská (střih české verze)

Sound Designer

Igor Jakovlev, Jaromír Svoboda (zvuk české verze)

Production Manager

Maris Kursitis, Miroslav Dousek, Zdena Sirotková (vedoucí výroby české verze)

Unit Production Manager

Sarma Matvek, Bohdan Kysil, Irena Koucká

Unit Production Manager

Jan Boček

Cooperation

Martin Malý

Dialogues of Czech version

K. M. Walló

Direction of Czech version

K. M. Walló

Music

Music Composed by

Imants Kalninš

Songs

Jak zrádné je zlato, Zpěv bludiček, Píseň Matky větrů, Píseň Matky lesů, Píseň čerta, Usni sladce, Peříčko, hadříček, to už je poklad celý, Nad hlavou hvězdný vodopád

Songwriter

Imants Kalninš (Jak zrádné je zlato), Imants Kalninš (Zpěv bludiček), Imants Kalninš (Píseň Matky větrů), Imants Kalninš (Píseň Matky lesů), Imants Kalninš (Píseň čerta), Imants Kalninš (Usni sladce), Imants Kalninš (Peříčko, hadříček, to už je poklad celý), Imants Kalninš (Nad hlavou hvězdný vodopád)

Writer of Lyrics

K. M. Walló (Jak zrádné je zlato), K. M. Walló (Zpěv bludiček), K. M. Walló (Píseň Matky větrů), K. M. Walló (Píseň Matky lesů), K. M. Walló (Píseň čerta), K. M. Walló (Usni sladce), K. M. Walló (Peříčko, hadříček, to už je poklad celý), K. M. Walló (Nad hlavou hvězdný vodopád)

Singer

Miroslava Součková [dab] (Jak zrádné je zlato), ženský sbor (Zpěv bludiček), Astrida Kajriša [dab] (Píseň Matky větrů), Mirdza Martinsone [dab] (Píseň Matky lesů), Hana Talpová (Píseň Matky lesů), Miloslav Horáček [dab] (Píseň čerta), Michal Pavlata (Píseň čerta), sbor (Usni sladce), Juris Strenga [dab] (Peříčko, hadříček, to už je poklad celý), Stanislav Fišer (Peříčko, hadříček, to už je poklad celý), sbor (Nad hlavou hvězdný vodopád)

Choreographer

František Pokorný

Production info

Original Title

Pohádka o Malíčkovi

English Title

A Fairy-Tale about Pinkie

Parallel Title

Malčik s palčik / Spriditis

Copyright

1985

Production Year

1985

Premiere

01.09.1987

Technical info

Format

35mm , Betacam

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 17. mezinárodní filmový festival Giffoni Valle Piana

1987
Giffoni Valle Piana / Italy

Vítěz

Festival: Všesvazový filmový festival „Skazka“ Tallin

1987
Tallin / Estonia