The Edisons

children, comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Páni Edisoni

Runtime

72

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1987

Production year

1987

Premiere

01.12.1987

Language version

Czech

Director

Vít Olmer

Screenplay

Jitka Pistoriusová

Screenstory

Jitka Pistoriusová

Summary

In 1987, director Vít Olmer had every reason to be satisfied: he had created two feature films. The first, Bony a klid (Big Money), won public praise. In the shadow of the success of that film’s story about Prague’s underhand moneychangers, this family feature relayed a story of young enthusiasts devoted to modern technologies – electronics and computers. Orphaned Jakub, living in a village with his grandfather, involves a friend with a literary talent – his schoolmate Jirka – in making his inventions. Apart from the electronic gadgets, the boys are interested in human relations, which they also try to “improve”… Experienced child actor Jiří Strach stars as Jirka. Olmer’s effort to offer his young audience a sympathetic cast was underlined by the engagement of actors Jiří Schmitzer and Jitka Molavcová.

Synopsis

Jakub Máša lost both his parents and now lives with his grandfather Kůrka in the village of Hudenice. The spectacled and rather chubby boy has a great talent for technology and keeps inventing new devices. All kinds of bells and sensors constantly ring in the house and the conservative grandfather destroys them with great pleasure. The boys' gang, headed by the blond Hnauk, is keen on pyrotechnic experiments, but Jakub is not interested in these. Jirka, the son of the young and divorced livestock specialist Majda, is a future writer. The two reclusive boys soon befriend each other, and even though Jirka is far from being dexterous, he turns into Jakub's helper. Both the two boys are fond of their classmate Jana, but it seems that the girl has already given preference to Hnauk. The local inseminator Hubička fell for Jirka's mom, to the boy's displeasure. Jirka is thus glad when the programmer Vašek, the son of the old Roubánek who is Kůrka's best friend, returns to the village. Vašek's shy wooing of Majda is supported by the boys in every way. Jakub's only invention - a tonal board intended for the music lessons - gradually starts winning awards in various competitions. When the old Kůrka suffers from a heart attack and is taken to hospital, Jakub must leave for his only remaining relative - the coarse and unpleasant aunt Marjána. Jakub travels to Hudenice from her place to attend his amateur computer club which is headed by Vašek. And it is Vašek and Majda who eventually take the boy in as soon as they find out how bad his aunt is to him. The granddad recovers and the boys make a wedding present for Majda and Vašek: electronic devices for their entire little house.

Note

The computer games and electronic toys were provided by the Youth and Electronics Centre of the Czechoslovak Socialist Youth Movement in Beroun. The actor Vladimír Hrubý died during the filming, and the originally planned scenes with the two old men Kůrka and Roubánek must have been unfortunately omitted from the film.

Film online

Cast

Jakub Wehrenberg

Jakub Máša

Jiří Strach

Jirka Čada

Jitka Molavcová

zootechnička Majda Čadová, Jirkova matka

Jiří Schmitzer

programátor Vašek Roubánek

Viktor Nejedlý

děda Kůrka

Vladimír Hrubý

děda Roubánek, Vaškův otec

Anna Ferencová

učitelka Hustolesová

Taťana Puttová

teta Marjána

Aleš Palásek

Hnaťuk

Lukáš Machalínek

Vekoň

Jana Kynclová

Jana, Jakubova spolužačka

Lenka Voldřichová

Káťa

Franta Kocourek

inseminátor Hubička zvaný Motorovej bejk

Karel Smyczek

učitel fyziky Uhlíř

Eva Holubová

učitelka v Černém Přívoze

Marcela Augustová

moderátorka televizního pořadu

Jana Altmannová

listonoška

Leopold Běhan

účetní

Michal Antoš

Zrzek

Zdena Lukášová

zootechnička

Karel Engel

traktorista

Antonín Hausknecht

řidič pekařského vozu

Vladimír Tišer

požárník/závozník

I. Poláková

účetní

Jana Petráňová

dívka

Luboš Diviš

horňák

Petr Hájek

horňák

Jiří Kučera (2)

horňák

Miroslav Lochman

horňák

Ondřej Mikšíček

horňák

Karel Rada

horňák

Robert Hybler

dolňák

Filip Jančík

dolňák

Filip Novák

dolňák

Martin Šenberger

dolňák

Filip Švarc

dolňák

Hana Militká

venkovská žena

Johana Tesařová

venkovská žena

Eva Zapletalová

venkovská žena

J. Kačírek

hudebník

F. Kout

hudebník

M. Kroupa

hudebník

J. Poláček

hudebník

Jan Adámek

Filip Olmer

Dubbing

Dalimil Klapka

hlas dědy Kůrky

Dalimil Klapka

hlas dědy Roubánka

Crew and creators

Director

Vít Olmer

Second Unit Director

Jan Křížek

Assistant Director

Zora Vondráčková, Lenka Rambousková

Shooting Script

Vít Olmer

Script Editor

Jana Knitlová

Second Unit Photography

Miroslav Čvorsjuk, Ivan Šimůnek

Production Designer

František Vokřál

Set Designer

Milan Bábik, Jindřich Rada, Eva Slívová, Karel Vaňásek

Costume Designer

Ivana Šislerová

Sound Designer

Jiří Moudrý

Production Manager

Jaromír Lukáš

Unit Production Manager

Jiří Synek, Jarmila Tomišková, Dagmar Pitráková

Unit Production Manager

Marcel Průcha

Consultant

Miroslav Háša, Daniel Dočekal, Štefan Kratochvíl, Jiří Štefan

Cooperation

Jitka Lendrová, Zdeněk Mihle, Květa Švábová, Gabriela Pitráková, Alena Červená, Václav Litoš

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Stivín

Music Conducted by

Jiří Stivín (Collegium Quodlibet)

Songs

Ferda jede na kole

Songwriter

Jiří Schmitzer (Ferda jede na kole)

Writer of Lyrics

Jiří Schmitzer (Ferda jede na kole)

Singer

Jiří Schmitzer (Ferda jede na kole)

Production info

Original Title

Páni Edisoni

English Title

The Edisons

Copyright

1987

Production Year

1987

Premiere

01.12.1987

Technical info

Format

Betacam

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Exhibition: 19. národní přehlídka filmů pro děti Ostrov

1987
Ostrov nad Ohří / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 27. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1987
Zlín / Czechoslovakia