The Torment of Imagery

narrative

Typology

feature

Czech title

Muka obraznosti

Runtime

118

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1989

Production year

1989

Premiere

01.03.1990

Language version

Czech

Director

Vladimír Drha

Screenplay

Václav Šašek

Summary

Vladimír Páral’s 1980 novel inspired Vladimír Drha’s movie The Torment of Imagery that premièred after the November 1989 Velvet Revolution. The film tells the story of freshly graduated chemistry engineer Marek Paar. His ideas clash with hard reality when he takes his first job, at a textile factory in Liberec. Marek discovers he doesn’t know how to do anything and he doesn’t even need to. A parallel with the ambitious Julian Sorel from Stendhal’s historical psychological novel The Red and The Black, means our protagonist must converge with his boss Zina, who represents his Mrs de Rênal, and the naive Janička, who is his Mathilde de la Mole (the marquis’s bored daughter in the novel). Drha entrusted the main role to Jiří Pomeje. The part of Zita was taken by Dáša Bláhová, who, after returning from her emigration to Australia, agreed to film some daring, erotic scenes. A peculiar comment on Drha’s somewhat high-handed flick is Tomáš Vorel’s musical comedy Kouř (Smoke, 1991).

Synopsis

It is 1959, and Engineer Marek Paar, who has just graduated, begins his first job in the Liberec textile factory Primatex. He is first sent for training to the Study and Research Department, headed by the attractive Zina. The well-read Marek often puts himself in the shoes of Julian Sorell, the famous figure from Stendhal's novel The Red and the Black. He likes Zina at first sight and woos her, projecting her as Madam de Rénal. Zina is the lover of the married deputy director Arnošt. Marek gradually becomes familiar with the factory's operation and finds himself totally incompetent - but no one wants anything from him anyway. His former university colleague Oskar introduces him to his girlfriend Janička. One day, Marek kisses Zina and Arnošt transfers him to a subsidiary factory for that. Marek is bored to death there, and starts drinking. However, he manages to get back to Liberec after some time. As soon as Zina realizes that Arnošt will never get divorced, she breaks up with him and accepts Marek's courting. The two become lovers at a colloquium in the town of České Budějovice. Their happiness is, however, affected by the suicide of their colleague, Bukvaj, who learned that the waterproof but flexible fabric he invented had already been produced abroad for some time. Zina is not enough for Marek, and he thus seduces the very young Janička, alternately making love to both of them. Zina's devoted assistant Vilma photographs Marek and Janička in flagranti. The deceived Zina arranges his dismissal and returns to Arnošt. Janička also breaks up with Marek. The man later succeeds as a writer of novels about people working in chemistry and textile factories.

Film online

Cast

Jiří Pomeje

ing. Marek Paar

Dasha Blahova

ing. Zina Zachová

Jiří Bartoška

dr. Arnošt Tittelbach, Zinin milenec

Pavel Pípal

Bohdan Bukvaj, Zinin bývalý milenec

Luděk Randár

provozní chemik Zdeněk Trmal

Nela Boudová

laborantka Zdeňka, Trmalova žena

Taťjana Medvecká

asistentka Vilma

Josef Bek

ředitel Primatexu Tomáš Salivar

Petr Čepek

Artl, slepý krajský inspektor

Jiřina Jirásková

Artlova žena

Monika Žáková

knihovnice Stázi

Bronislav Poloczek

Mirek Ryvola

Petr Meissel

vodohospodář Oskar, Markův bývalý spolužák

Andrea Bogušovská

maturantka Janička, Oskarova dívka

Jana Andresíková

Irma, dáma z ministerstva

Jana Šulcová

Dita Tittelbachová, Arnoštova žena

Lenka Jandová

Ditunka, Arnoštova dcera

Vladimír Krška

Ignác Strejcovský, ředitel závodu v Hurtově

Jiří Samek

Kaška, ředitel závodu v Hrušovanech

Oldřich Vízner

ekonomický náměstek Just

Petr Hanus

ing. Hruška

Vojtěch Ron

Volráb, hostinský v Hrušově

Eva Tauchenová

Volrábova žena

Klára Pollertová

telefonistka Dáša

Josef Vajnar

Kolínský

Hanuš Bor

Budík

Igor Smržík

muž u inspekce

Miriam Chytilová

telefonistka

Ondřej Útrata

chlapeček v lodičce

Josef Bulík

kapitán VB

Markéta Valentová

Anežka

Vladimír Drha

host v restauraci

Martina Adamcová

mladá žena v Hrušovanech

Jiří Patočka

účastník konference

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Michal Vostřez

Assistant Director

Jan Menšík, Dagmar Švejdová, Kateřina Pavelková

Based on

Vladimír Páral (Muka obraznosti – román)

Screenplay

Václav Šašek

Script Editor

Dušan Kukal

Second Unit Photography

Martin Duba

Camera Operator

Stanislav Šťastný

Production Designer

Bohumil Nový

Set Designer

Ivan Ernyei, Dana Smržová, Jaroslav Vích

Costume Designer

Eva Janoušková

Film Editor

Jan Chaloupek

Production Manager

Eliška Nejedlá

Unit Production Manager

Jan Vincourek, Lenka Jandová

Unit Production Manager

Pavel Bačkovský, Luboš Čížek

Cooperation

Alena Kravková, Zbyněk Otáhal, Vladimíra Lenertová, M. Fuchsová, Dušan Vodák, J. Šimek

Music

Music Composed by

Karel Svoboda

Music Performed by

Karel Svoboda

Songs

Muka obraznosti, Kupředu, zpátky ni krok, Kdybych tě neměl rád, Lavička v jasmínu, U nás jaro nekončí, Příběh naší lásky, Pokouším se zapomenout, Setkání /Když se dva potkají/, Až budeš má, O Cangaceiro, Rudé šátky na slunci hoří

Songwriter

Karel Svoboda (Muka obraznosti), Jan Seidel (Kupředu, zpátky ni krok), Evžen Illín (Kdybych tě neměl rád), Miloslav Ducháč (Lavička v jasmínu), Ludvík Podéšť (U nás jaro nekončí), Pavel Bayerle (Příběh naší lásky), Alfons Jindra (Pokouším se zapomenout), Jan Seidel (Setkání /Když se dva potkají/), Miloslav Ducháč (Až budeš má), Alfredo Nascimento (O Cangaceiro), Svatopluk Havelka (Rudé šátky na slunci hoří)

Writer of Lyrics

Eduard Krečmar (Muka obraznosti), Bedřich Bobek (Kupředu, zpátky ni krok), Zdeněk Borovec (Kdybych tě neměl rád), Miroslav Zikán (Lavička v jasmínu), Vlastimil Pantůček (U nás jaro nekončí), Bohuslav Nádvorník (Příběh naší lásky), Vilda Dubský (Pokouším se zapomenout), Bedřich Bobek (Setkání /Když se dva potkají/), Vlastimil Hála (Až budeš má), Slavomír Šindelka (O Cangaceiro), Josef Brukner (Rudé šátky na slunci hoří)

Singer

Karel Gott (Muka obraznosti), sbor (Kupředu, zpátky ni krok), Rudolf Cortés (Kdybych tě neměl rád), Věra Racková-Štuchalová (Lavička v jasmínu), Milan Směták (U nás jaro nekončí), Yvetta Simonová (Příběh naší lásky), Richard Adam (Příběh naší lásky), Rudolf Cortés (Pokouším se zapomenout), Nela Boudová (Setkání /Když se dva potkají/), Luděk Randár (Setkání /Když se dva potkají/), Rudolf Cortés (Až budeš má), Allanovy sestry (Až budeš má), Karel Duda (O Cangaceiro), sbor (O Cangaceiro), dětský sbor (Rudé šátky na slunci hoří)

Production info

Original Title

Muka obraznosti

English Title

The Torment of Imagery

Copyright

1989

Production Year

1989

Premiere

01.03.1990

Creative Group

Miloslav Vydra

Technical info

Format

35mm , Betacam

Versions

Czech