The Loser’s Rostrum

narrative

Typology

feature

Czech title

Stupně poražených

Runtime

112

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1988

Production year

1988

Premiere

01.11.1988

Language version

Czech

Director

Julius Matula

Screenplay

Milan Ležák, Julius Matula

Screenstory

Julius Matula

Summary

This 1988 film from director Július Matula offers audiences a glimpse into the world of the pentathlon. In an effort to present a slightly critical view of top-level sport, this drama tells the story of a world championship failure caused by a hasty change of trainer. Experienced trainer Pour has been demoted to serving as a mere assistant under ambitious trainer Tomšovský. But while Tomšovský over-exerts his charges, Pour, who maintains the respect of some of the athletes, continues to secretly train the talented Tomáš Hakl. But in the end, it is the greedy sports functionaries who have the final say... Among others, Matula’s film sees actors Marek Vašut and Ondřej Vetchý put through their paces. Tomšovský is portrayed by Jiří Štěpnička, while the part of the more sensible trainer goes to Jaroslav Tomsa. Jan Hartl plays a young filmmaker, recording the goings-on at the US World Championships.

Synopsis

The team of modern pentathlonists lost at the world championship in France. Although it is no tragedy to the coach Pour, the functionaries Liška and Lála feel their privileges are at risk. They therefore replace Pour with the ambitious methodist Tomšovský, who is vigorous and ruthless enough but does not have much experience. Pour is offered the position of Tomšovský's assistant. From the very beginning, Tomšovský keeps introducing various novelties and is not even ashamed to snoop on his athletes. But he mainly overtaxes his racers during their training sessions. Later, he excludes Vilda Staněk and Tomáš Hakl from the team. Tomáš does not give up and trains with Pour who eventually decides to leave the team after the constant conflicts. All the events concerning the training sessions are followed by a young filmmaker Martin and his camera, and the young man also records some discussions. Dissatisfaction begins to rise amongst the boys and it sometimes even results in quarrels or even fights. Several racers perform disappointingly at the national championship and Tomáš Hakl – previously fired by Tomšovský – is nominated to go to the world championship which is to be held in America. Liška "slaughters" Tomšovský but he, however, does not achieve his goal of heading the Czechoslovak team at the world championship. Eventually, only one functionary, the big wig Lála, accompanies the racers to America due to economic reasons.

Cast

Bohumil Starnovský

pětibojař Karel Patera

Marek Vašut

pětibojař Vilda Staněk

Andrea Švehelková

Irena, Karlova přítelkyně

Ondřej Vetchý

pětibojař Jirka Krob alias Mucinko

Ľubica Mruškovičová

Vlasta, Jirkova žena

Bronislav Ohrablo

pětibojař Fero Janečka

Daniel Žák

pětibojař Tonda Urban

Jiří Štěpnička

trenér Václav Tomšovský

Oldřich Slavík

vedoucí reprezentace pětibojařů Liška

Helga Čočková

Urbanová, matka Tondy

Josef Větrovec

sportovní funkcionář Lála

Jaroslav Tomsa

trenér Pour

Jan Bártů

asistent trenéra Poura Olda Vondráček

Jan Hartl

mladý filmař Martin Rovný

Pavla Karnovská

atletka Dana

Karel Greif

pětibojař Saša Balvín

Radek Líbal

pětibojař Jarda Forst

Tomáš Lochman

pětibojař Tomáš Hakl

Yvetta Blanarovičová

Janečková, Ferova žena

Dana Bartůňková

Marta Hornofová, Karlova přítelkyně

Kryštof Pumprla

Michal, Martin syn

Pavel Taussig

psycholog

Julius Matula

režisér na stadionu

Jitka Asterová

barmanka Eva, Vildova žena

Václav Mareš

profesor VŠ

Jiří Vondráček

Urban, Tondův otec

Václav Knop

lékař

Alžbeta Barthová

tchyně Janečka

Silvie Tikovská

Lída

Marcela Martínková

Paterova matka

Hana Čížková (2)

Paterova sestra

Boris Farkaš

Ferův známý v Bratislavě

Alena Hessová

zdravotní sestra

Peter Gál

dr. Kováč

Eva Vlachová

sousedka Nýčová

Martina Jirotková

dívka z reklamy

Zdeněk Podhůrský

student František, Karlův spolubydlící

Zdeněk Matěcha

vychovatel

Jaroslav Šanda

traktorista

S. Ševčíková

Věra, Tondova dívka

A. Pečenka

reportér

MUDr. M. Kostelka

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Irena Pavlásková

Assistant Director

Oskar Reif, Ivana Adamovská

Screenstory

Julius Matula

Shooting Script

Julius Matula

Script Editor

Václav Šašek

Second Unit Photography

F. A. Brabec

Camera Operator

Martin Duba, Milan Lekič

Production Designer

Jindřich Goetz

Set Designer

Lubomír Kafka, Vladimír Kvěch, Miloslav Dvořák

Film Editor

Dalibor Lipský

Sound Designer

Adolf Böhm

Production Manager

Jan Syrový

Unit Production Manager

Stanislav Šafr, Helena Landovská, Jana Vocetková

Unit Production Manager

Václav Šeda, Soňa Nemcová

Consultant

Jan Bártů, Karel Bártů, dr. Jan Novotný

Music

Music Composed by

Dežo Ursiny

Selected Music

Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle (La Marseillaise), Joseph Haydn

Music Performed by

skupina Provisorium

Music Conducted by

Dežo Ursiny (skupina Provisorium)

Songs

Stupně poražených, Když byli Beatles lavinou, Poupata, Okno mé lásky

Songwriter

Dežo Ursiny (Stupně poražených), Daniel Dobiáš (Když byli Beatles lavinou), František Janeček (Poupata), Petr Janda (Okno mé lásky)

Writer of Lyrics

Pavel Kopta (Stupně poražených), Jan Krůta (Když byli Beatles lavinou), Jaroslav Machek (Poupata), Zdeněk Rytíř (Okno mé lásky)

Singer

Karel Černoch (Stupně poražených), Peter Lipa (Stupně poražených), Dalibor Janda (Když byli Beatles lavinou), Michal David (Poupata), Petr Janda (Okno mé lásky)

Production info

Original Title

Stupně poražených

English Title

The Loser’s Rostrum

Copyright

1988

Production Year

1988

Premiere

01.11.1988

Creative Group

Miloslav Vydra

Technical info

Format

35mm

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 27. festival českých a slovenských filmů Mladá Boleslav

1989
Mladá Boleslav / Czechoslovakia
Milan Ležák

Vítěz

Festival: 27. festival českých a slovenských filmů Mladá Boleslav

1989
Mladá Boleslav / Czechoslovakia
Julius Matula