How Life Smells Good to Poets

comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Jak básníkům chutná život

Runtime

102

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1987

Production year

1987

Premiere

01.06.1988

Language version

Czech

Director

Dušan Klein

Screenplay

Ladislav Pecháček, Dušan Klein

Screenstory

Ladislav Pecháček, Dušan Klein

Summary

The third part of the “Poets pentalogy” was created by director Dušan Klein and screenwriter Ladislav Pecháček in 1987. Following Jak svět přichází o básníky (How the World Loses Poets) (1982) and Jak básníci přicházejí o iluze (How Poets Lose Their Illusions) (1984), popular hero Šimon Šafránek (Pavel Kříž), an idealistic dreamer, returned to the big screen. After successfully completing his studies, Šimon takes a job as a doctor at the internal department of the district hospital in his native Hradiště. However, due to his aversion to privileged patients he gets into a conflict with the senior doctor and ends up as a general practitioner in the remote Bezdíkov. Alongside problems with administration and a range of singular patients, the young man meets a new love, a music teacher to whom he gives the nickname Little Whistle (Eva Vejmělková)… The hero’s friend Kendy has also graduated; after studying to be a director at FAMU he becomes an assistant TV director. Kendy and a crew come to make a series in his and Šimon’s hometown. Vendulka “The Comforter” is a clerk at the Ministry of Health. A third friend whom he knew from Prague student dorms in the previous episode – the African Mireček – has embarked on a lucrative career and visits Czechoslovakia as part of an international delegation. The group enjoy a few glasses at the Moravian wine cellar of their pal Venoš… Šimon must compete for Little Whistle’s affections with her dull fiancé Hájek (Rostislav Kuba). As previously, his poetic approach clashes with the pragmatic attitude of his rival. Characters from previous parts are supplemented with new ones in the form of Jana Hlaváčová (as Tonička, an optimistic nurse in Bezdíkov) and Rudolf Hrušínský (Little Whistle’s bohemian father). Following Pavel Kříž’s emigration to Canada it appeared that the Poets series was at an end. In 1993, however, Dušan Klein made another follow-up entitled Konec básníků v Čechách (The End of Poets in Bohemia), in which the virtuous hero encounters the new post-1989 situation as he looks for work. He was also able therefore to proceed to the final part of the pentalogy, Jak básníci neztrácejí naději (Poets Never Lose Hope) (2003).

Synopsis

After the graduation ceremony in the Karolinum, ceremonial hall of the Charles University, Štěpán, Honza,Venoš, Mireček, and Vendulka become doctors. Štěpán starts at the internal medicine department of the hospital in his home town of Hradiště. His jovial colleague, Milan, is enjoying many willing partners on the sofa in his doctor's room. He introduces him to the restraint senior consultant and other colleagues. Everybody is afraid of the dominant, corpulent cleaning lady. The diligent Štěpán makes only the minor mistakes typical of beginners. But one mistake is disastrous. He places an "ordinary" patient, Mrs. Hubáčková, in the room, where the senior consultant places her favoured patients. He meets Mrs. Hubáčková's charming daughter, Alenka, but the vengeful senior consultant transfers him to the local department in Bezdíkov. There is a talkative, always optimistic nurse, Tonička, a consulting room full of patients and loads of administration, because a number of patients merely need a stamp for various permits. Štěpán, as a village doctor, also has to visit patients at home. The ambulance-man, Písařík, is always complaining and then he fails to concentrate and often causes accidents. Štěpán meets Alena, who plays flute in the castle window, during an unexpected stop. Štěpán's mother gets gallstone colic but, although she is proud of her son, she refuses to be treated by him. In Hradiště, Štěpán meets his friend Kendy, who is now a member of a film crew. Czechoslovakia is visited by a foreign delegation that also includes the black, Mireček, his former fellow student from Africa. Štěpán rounds up Vendulka at the ministry, along with Honza at the Motol hospital in Prague and, together with Mireček, they get drunk in Moravia at a wine cellar belonging to Venoš. Kendy helps Štěpán with a notice board in the waiting room. His colleague, a film architect, creates a setting that leaves the control commission breathless. Alena, called by Štěpán's Whistle, endures his wooing. Her fiancé, the chippy teacher, Hájek, created a graph of their future – wedding, holiday, first child. Štěpán invites the Whistle for a picnic of eggs that he received from his grateful patients. But before she arrives, Kendy, along with girls from the film crew, break into his flat and eat most of the feast. Then Štěpán is called in by his juicy former schoolmate, Hrdličková. But she is not ill; she only wants to seduce him. The young doctor escapes the persistent woman on the eaves. Unfortunately, he jumps down in front of the Whistle and Hájek, who are on an evening walk. Štěpán's favourite teacher, Ječmen, becomes his patient when he gets a heart attack at his cottage in Bezdíkov. Štěpán, in love, visits the Whistle at the castle and there in a historic field bed, they finally come together. The womanizer, Milan, is transferred to Bezdíkov, but Štěpán does not want to go back to the hospital. He found an ad offering a doctor's job and a flat and sets off for there, along with the Whistle.

Note

The film is a follow up to the successful film How the World Loses Poets (1982) and it´s a free follow up How Poets Lose Their Illusions (1984), after which still follow two films about the fate of the main characters: The End of Poets in Bohemia... (1993) and How Poets Never Lose Hope (2004). The stories are continuously commented upon and supplemented by short animation sequences.

Cast

Pavel Kříž

MUDr. Štěpán Šafránek

David Matásek

asistent režie Kendy

Eva Vejmělková

učitelka Alena zvaná Píšťalka

Jana Hlaváčová

zdravotní sestra Tonička

Rudolf Hrušínský

Hubáček, Alenin otec

Blažena Holišová

průvodkyně Hubáčková, Alenina matka

Karel Roden

MUDr. Jan Antoš

Václav Svoboda

MUDr. Václav Pastyřík

Joseph Dielle

MUDr. Numira Cassa Thombe zvaný Mireček

Eva Jeníčková

Vendulka, pracovnice ministerstva

Pavel Zedníček

řidič sanitky Písařík

Josef Somr

profesor Ječmen

Rostislav Kuba

učitel Libor Hájek, Alenin snoubenec

Tomáš Töpfer

MUDr. Milan Sahulák

Věra Vlčková

primářka zvaná Obočenka

Míla Myslíková

švadlena Šafránková, Štěpánova matka

František Filipovský

důchodce Valerián Adolf

Josef Větrovec

ředitel Obvodního ústavu národního zdraví

Alice Chrtková

herečka Iveta

Alena Karešová

vrchní sestra

Barbora Štěpánová

Bedřiška Hrdličková

Zita Kabátová

sousedka Zelená

Jiří Hálek

redaktor Hrdlička

Monika Hladová

Václavova manželka

Marcela Martínková

zdravotní sestra Božena

Jana Andresíková

Bobina z krčního

Vlasta Jelínková

babička Hníková

Jan Kostroun

MUDr. Klíma

Věra Koktová

referentka z ministerstva

Luďa Marešová

referentka z ministerstva

Zuzana Talpová

referentka z ministerstva

Isabela Siegelová

zdravotní sestra Milena

Jan Schmid

pacient Eisenmenger

Věra Mezerová

Lorencova žena

Z. Tothová

Lorencova dcera

J. Nedvědová

Lorencova dcera

Jiřina Jelenská

předsedkyně na přednášce o obezitě

Jiří Kodet

režisér Pergl

Iveta Höschlová

maskérka

Václav Helliman

kameraman

Naďa Kubásková

členka televizního štábu

Z. Krejčová

skriptka televizního štábu

Pavel Melounek

produkční televizního štábu

Gregorij Dymič

rekvizitář

Stanislav Krbec

vrchní osvětlovač

Boris Halmi

filmový architekt

P. Fišerová

kostymérka

Jiřina Bílá

pacientka v čekárně

Stanislav Aubrecht

herec Roman

Valentina Thielová

protekční pacientka

Eva Vidlařová

uklízečka Kiliánová

Zdeněk Blažek

promotor

Miroslava Hozová

Ječmenova žena

Ondřej Vetchý

prodejce aut Karabec

Anna Wetlinská

televizní reportérka

Pavel Želízko

kůžičkář/dubl za Pavla Zedníčka/kaskadér

Jitka Asterová

turistka na zámku

Taťana Puttová

Vostrčilová, zákaznice paní Šafránkové

Alena Knotková

zákaznice paní Šafránkové

I. Horáková

zákaznice paní Šafránkové

Eduard Pavlíček

příslušník VB

Karel Hovorka

příslušník VB

Miloslav Štibich

turista se salámem

Hedvika Šustová

členka televizního štábu

O. Bergerová

členka televizního štábu

Y. Baban

delegát

K. Delan

delegát

Pavel Štoll

fotograf

Dušan Klein

nosič na nádraží

Ladislav Pecháček

nosič na nádraží

Radovan Urban

turista

Jiří Klenot

dubl za Pavla Kříže

František Jákl

kaskadér

Jaroslav Klenot

kaskadér

Ladislav Lahoda

kaskadér

Pavel Myslík

kaskadér

Ladislav Vloššák

kaskadér

J. Nečas

muzikant

F. Kostuřík

muzikant

Jiří Košík

muzikant

Dubbing

Zlata Adamovská

hlas Píšťalky

Zdeněk Žák

hlas MUDr. Klímy

Eva Klepáčová

hlas referentky

Karel Houska

hlas chirurga

Viktor Maurer

hlas gynekologa

Crew and creators

Director

Dušan Klein

Second Unit Director

Magdalena Mikešová

Assistant Director

Jiří Moravčík, Petr Slabý, Irena Klausová

Script Editor

Josef Šilhavý

Second Unit Photography

Václav Helliman

Production Designer

Bohumil Nový

Art Director

Jiří Šalamoun, Josef Hekrdla

Set Designer

Jiří Forst, Jan Huptych, Milan Šilha

Costume Designer

Dimitrij Kadrnožka

Film Editor

Jiří Brožek

Sound Designer

Karel Jaroš

Titles Designed by

Jiří Šalamoun

Production Manager

Jiří Zika

Unit Production Manager

Ivo Pitrák, Olga Zelenská

Unit Production Manager

Drahomíra Čížková

Cooperation

Lenka Křivánková, Eva Horázná, Olga Rosenfelderová, Vladimír Souček

Music

Music Composed by

Zdeněk Marat

Selected Music

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Abeceda), Robert Schumann

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO)

Songs

V tom, Proč mám jít studovat, To musím zvládnout sám, Prázdná náruč, U muziky su já chlap

Songwriter

Zdeněk Marat (V tom), Zdeněk Marat (Proč mám jít studovat), Jiří Zmožek (To musím zvládnout sám), Pavel Větrovec (Prázdná náruč), Karel Gott (Prázdná náruč)

Writer of Lyrics

Zdeněk Borovec (V tom), Ladislav Pecháček (Proč mám jít studovat), Zdeněk Rytíř (To musím zvládnout sám), Pavel Kopta (Prázdná náruč)

Singer

Karel Černoch (V tom), Iveta Bartošová (V tom), Václav Svoboda (Proč mám jít studovat), Bacily (Proč mám jít studovat), Karel Gott (To musím zvládnout sám), Karel Gott (Prázdná náruč), sbor (U muziky su já chlap)

Production info

Original Title

Jak básníkům chutná život

English Title

How Life Smells Good to Poets

Working Title

Jak básníkům voní život

Copyright

1987

Production Year

1987

Premiere

01.06.1988

Creative Group

Josef Císař

Technical info

Format

Betacam, DVD

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 10. festival české a slovenské filmové veselohry Nové Město nad Metují

1988
Nové Město nad Metují / Czechoslovakia
Dušan Klein

Vítěz

Event: Prémie Českého literárního fondu

1988
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Ladislav Pecháček

Vítěz

Festival: 10. festival české a slovenské filmové veselohry Nové Město nad Metují

1988
Nové Město nad Metují / Czechoslovakia
Pavel Kříž

Vítěz

Festival: 15. festival zdravotnických filmů Podbořany

1988
Podbořany / Czechoslovakia
Josef Vaniš

Vítěz

Festival: 26. festival českých a slovenských filmů Brno

1988
Brno / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 10. festival české a slovenské filmové veselohry Nové Město nad Metují

1988
Nové Město nad Metují / Czechoslovakia
Ladislav Pecháček

Vítěz

Festival: 15. festival zdravotnických filmů Podbořany

1988
Podbořany / Czechoslovakia
Pavel Kříž

Vítěz

Festival: 10. festival české a slovenské filmové veselohry Nové Město nad Metují

1988
Nové Město nad Metují / Czechoslovakia
Dušan Klein

Vítěz

Festival: 15. festival zdravotnických filmů Podbořany

1988
Podbořany / Czechoslovakia