My Friend d’Artagnan

children

Typology

feature

Czech title

Můj přítel d’Artagnan

Runtime

86

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1989

Production year

1989

Premiere

01.02.1991

Language version

Czech

Director

Radovan Urban

Summary

Radovan Urban’s children’s film was made in 1989 but it was nearly drowned out by other film productions of the day when it was finally released in the “free distribution” years that followed the end of communism. The hero of the picture – eventually released in February 1991 – is 13-year-old Milda Malý. He reminisces about the recently completed shooting of a film in which he played the principal part, a sensitive boy who mixes reality with an imaginary world inspired by Alexandre Dumas’s The Three Musketeers. Milda’s self-identification with d’Artagnan is in marked contrast with reality – a holiday camp where he finds himself an outsider and a local gang of children’s target of ridicule. Similarly to the Dumas hero, the protagonist in the completed film – but, by contrast, not the boy who has performed him – finally enjoys justice and recognition. An interesting aspect of the production is that it was actually a retro movie set in the year of 1964. Standing out among the cast are Jiří Lábus, Oldřich Navrátil and Oldřich Vlach.

Synopsis

The thirteen-year-old boy Milda Malý starred in a children's movie. The actors and staff eat and drink to celebrate the end of filming. Only Milda cannot forget about the days he spent with the filmmakers in the Jizerské Mountains. He played the role of a sensitive boy who identifies with d'Artagnan in his dreams, and also the dwellers of a cottage colony appear as figures from the Dumas novel in his fantasies. Milda's friend Veruna, who he secretly loves, is usually Mrs Bonacieux but sometimes the evil Mylady - because Veruna ostentatiously expresses her favour to another boy from time to time. She and the boys moreover mock Milda for being unable to jump across huge stones in the river and always falling into the water. People of various natures meet in the colony and the children often imitate both their merits and demerits. A rich man named Sochor constantly polishes his cottage and forces his son Ála to help him dig garage foundations. Milda's parents do not worry that their own cottage is about to collapse. The dad makes and collects object trouvé and writes short stories. The good-hearted Milda decides to help Ála. The colony unites when the gamekeeper Říha's daughter gets lost. She is eventually found by Milda and Ála early in the morning. Milda finally succeeds in jumping over the brook. In his fantasy, he experiences a duel with Rochefort-Ála, and the two rivals reconcile. Milda leaves the wrap-up party, all sad and disgusted.

Note

The film contains a passage from the Lithuanian three-part TV series directed by Georgi Jungvald-Chilkovich in 1978, D´Artagnan and Three Musketeers (D´Artanjanasir trys muškietininkai).

Cast

Jozef Kroner

Toníček Křepelka

Aleš Sýkora

Milda Malý alias D'Artagnan /Žabák/

Oldřich Navrátil

stavař Viktor Malý, Mildův otec

Marie Logojdová

Mildova matka

David Kemr

Ála Sochor alias Rochefort

Jiří Lábus

chalupář Sochor alias kardinál Richelieu

Sylvia Turbová

Sochorova žena, Álova matka

Klára Poborská

holčička Xeňa

Jiří Wohanka

hajný Říha, otec Xeni

Dana Horčicová

listonoška Říhová, matka Xeni

Jaroslav Koutník

Tomáš Valchář alias Athos

Lukáš Sluka

Martin Valchář alias Aramis

Vítězslav Jandák

skladatel Valchář alias král Ludvík

Milena Kleinerová

matka Valchářová alias Anna Rakouská

Linda Rybová

Veruna alias paní Bonacieux a Mylady

Věra Vlková

zpěvačka Jelenová, Verunina teta

Oldřich Vlach

režisér Jiří Hvězda alias Felton

Jana Synková

kulturní referentka Hana Císařová

Karel Engel

hostinský Pávek

Václav Babka

příslušník VB Holina

Pavel Buchvaldek

Vašek Kraus

Čestmír Řanda ml.

podporučík VB Honza Kraus

Stanislav Litera

železničář Franc

Barbora Lukešová

žena v plavkách

Jiří Patočka

host u Valcháře

Milan Pávek

filmař

Radovan Urban

filmař

Lena Birková

žena na nádraží

Miroslav Pavlis

Čárlí alias Porthos

Adam Karlecz

brýlatý kluk

Jiří Petr

Václav Svoboda (4)

Kateřina Dušková

Eva Hrubá (2)

Daniel Rück

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Milan Klacek

Assistant Director

Jan Záhumenský, Josef Sandr

Screenstory

Alexander Lukeš

Script Editor

Milan Pávek

Second Unit Photography

Karel Hejsek

Camera Operator

Ivan Jiránek

Production Designer

Jindřich Kočí

Costume Designer

Josef Jelínek

Film Editor

Jan Chaloupek

Sound Designer

Tomáš Potůček

Production Manager

Jana Koubová

Unit Production Manager

Jaroslav Kučera, Jan Peterka

Unit Production Manager

Petr Čermák, Antonín Říha

Cooperation

Alena Kravková, Terezie Čampulková, Tomáš Červenka

Music

Music Composed by

Martin Kratochvíl

Selected Music

Bedřich Smetana (Prodaná nevěsta /Proč bychom se netěšili/), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn, Antonín Dvořák

Music Performed by

Martin Kratochvíl, Kubínovo kvarteto

Songs

Schody do nebe, Plují lodi do Triany, Píseň o majoru Gagarinovi, Je nebezpečné dotýkat se hvězd, Niagára, Zhluboka dýchat, O nás dvou, Pramínek vlasů, Rozkvetlý den, Okolo Frýdku cestička, Jó, třešně zrály /Jailer, Give Me Water/, Tereza, Červená řeka /Red River Valley/, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Ta naše hospoda je pěkně stavěná, Budujeme /Teď když máme co jsme chtěli/

Songwriter

Karel Kopecký (Schody do nebe), Jan Frank Fischer (Plují lodi do Triany), Gustav Brom (Píseň o majoru Gagarinovi), Jiří Šlitr (Je nebezpečné dotýkat se hvězd), Eduard Ingriš (Niagára), Jaroslav Ježek (Zhluboka dýchat), Pavel Bayerle (O nás dvou), Jiří Suchý (Pramínek vlasů), Radim Drejsl (Rozkvetlý den), lidová píseň (Okolo Frýdku cestička), tradicionál (Jó, třešně zrály /Jailer, Give Me Water/), Kamil Hála (Jó, třešně zrály /Jailer, Give Me Water/) (úprava), Jiří Šlitr (Tereza), tradicionál (Červená řeka /Red River Valley/), Harry Warren (Chattanooga Choo Choo), Václav Dobiáš (Budujeme /Teď když máme co jsme chtěli/)

Writer of Lyrics

Jindřich Faktor (Schody do nebe), Jan Frank Fischer (Plují lodi do Triany), Olga Fischerová (Plují lodi do Triany), Jaromír Hnilička (Píseň o majoru Gagarinovi), Jiří Suchý (Je nebezpečné dotýkat se hvězd), Eduard Ingriš (Niagára), Jiří Voskovec (Zhluboka dýchat), Jan Werich (Zhluboka dýchat), Vladimír Dvořák (O nás dvou), Jiří Suchý (Pramínek vlasů), Miroslav Zachata (Rozkvetlý den), Ivo Fischer (Jó, třešně zrály /Jailer, Give Me Water/), Jiří Suchý (Tereza), Ivo Fischer (Červená řeka /Red River Valley/)

Singer

Karel Kopecký (Schody do nebe), ženský hlas (Plují lodi do Triany), Klára Poborská (Píseň o majoru Gagarinovi), sbor (Niagára), Marie Logojdová (Zhluboka dýchat), Yvetta Simonová (O nás dvou), Milan Chladil (O nás dvou), sbor (Pramínek vlasů), sbor (Rozkvetlý den), sbor (Okolo Frýdku cestička), sbor (Jó, třešně zrály /Jailer, Give Me Water/), Dana Horčicová (Tereza), Marie Logojdová (Červená řeka /Red River Valley/), Oldřich Navrátil (Ta naše hospoda je pěkně stavěná), Jiří Wohanka (Ta naše hospoda je pěkně stavěná)

Choreographer

Marcela Benoniová

Production info

Original Title

Můj přítel d’Artagnan

English Title

My Friend d’Artagnan

Copyright

1989

Production Year

1989

Premiere

01.02.1991

Distribution

Lucernafilm

Technical info

Format

Betacam

Versions

Czech