The People of Prague Understand Me





Production year



4 December 1991


59 min




music, parody


featuretheatrical distributionmedium

Original title

Mí Pražané mi rozumějí

Czech title

Mí Pražané mi rozumějí

English title

The People of Prague Understand Me

Working title

Moji Pražané mi rozumějí


According to the Czech director Věra Chytilová, her film The People of Prague Understand Me was originally conceived as "a solemn tribute Mozart's three visits to Prague; unfortunately things went a little awry..." It became a parody, as stated in the subtitle of the film, or rather a crazy comedy, which is far from being a solemn depiction. On the contrary, the creators deliberately undermine the reverent and academic approach to the artist's legacy and personality, depicting him as an animalistic being full of passion, indulgence, human weaknesses, and whims. They thus preserved the idea of Mozart as a genius artist who never lost the behaviour of a spoiled, whimsical child even in his adulthood (thus following, for example, Forman's Amadeus). In depicting his stays in Prague, they relied on the biographical book Spi, můj krásný plameni by Zdeněk Mahler. – Chytilová did not attempt to reconstruct the historical realities and unhesitatingly filmed in the then-contemporary Prague exteriors and in the Estates Theatre while under reconstruction. Therefore, we can spot passing cars in the distance behind the carriage. Characters in historical costumes move in today's streets, and the mischievous Mozart cannot resist making various comparisons. However, the director did not carry this line of alienating effects to the end; the film shows rush and nervousness. Milan Šteindler seems to be a perfect fit for Mozart, playing him with enthusiasm and with the appropriate ironic distance in line with the director's intention. In addition to him, other actors from the Sklep Theatre also appear, as well as for example Miloš Kopecký. Mozart's music has a significant presence in the piece, supplemented by "collages" of Miroslav Kořínek and excerpts from Maestro's "Prague operas" performed by the Mozart Opera. – The film was shown in cinemas together with Petr Slavík's documentary Valčík na čtyři doby (1991).


It is the spring of 1787 and Mozart and his wife Constance arrive in Prague for the first time. The carriage with the quibbling couple passes through Prague’s Old Town, heading to Count Thun. Mozart enjoys Prague and is happy that its people understand him. The theatre director Guardassoni demands a new opera from Mozart. At Bertramka, the maestro flirts with Josefína Dušková. When Mozart returns to Prague in the autumn of the same year, he is happy again. He and Constance lodge in an inn at the Fruit Market where everybody dances attendance upon them and brings them various treats. Guardassoni wants to know the title of the new opera. Josefína betrays him that it would be Don Giovanni. The director is nervous before the premiere but Mozart does not lose countenance and placidly indulges in his avocations and jokes, although not even the overture is finished. But he manages to assign the roles in time. He meets Casanova during the rehearsal and wants him to foretell his fortune, but Casanova refuses. Mozart composes the overture overnight and the opera enjoys success with Prague’s inhabitants. Mozart’s third visit to Prague in 1791 is concurrent with the arrival of Emperor Leopold. The Emperor also attends the performance of the opera La clemenza di Tito which the maestro composed to his tribute. But the Emperor is not interested in music at all and leaves after the first half. The next day, there is not a single note about Mozart in the newspapers. Casanova sends Mozart a prophecy before his departure. The composer throws it away out of abstractedness, but Josefína finds it. It states the date of Mozart’s death: December 5, 1791. The dispirited Mozart views the town from his carriage and calls out: “Praga, regina musicae, addio!”


Milan Šteindler

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Tereza Kučerová

Constance, Mozartova žena

Lenka Loubalová

pěvkyně Josefina Dušková

Miloslav Mejzlík

Dušek, Josefin manžel

Bronislav Poloczek

ředitel Guardassoni

Miloš Kopecký

Giacomo Casanova

Eduard Klezla


Jiří Klem

hrabě Nostitz

Petr Popelka

Lorenzo Da Ponte

Ladislav Mlejnek

pěvec Luigi Bassi

Jiří Fero Burda

pískající pekař

Tereza Roglová

pěvkyně Benoniová

Ilona Bedrnová

pěvkyně Saporitiová

Dagmar Vaňkátová

pěvkyně Micelliová

Jana Šteindlerová

slovenská chůva

Ladislav Krečmer

skladatel Leopold Koželuh

Kristina Hejduková

Jan Chalupecký

Zdeněk Klumpar


B. Mátlová


J. Koutný


J. Mrázek


Jiří Hruška (2)


L. Machoň


M. Šebestík


J. Koman

H. Hubená

Tomáš Josífko

L. Sklenář

R. Amann

J. Brázda

L. Holubová

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Dagmar Frantová

Assistant Director

Vladimíra Lenertová

Director of Photography

Jaroslav Brabec

Camera Operator

Aleš Pavlíček

Production Designer

Martin Kurel

Set Designer

Stanislav Krejča

Film Editor

Alois Fišárek

Sound Designer

Jan Štorek

Unit Production Manager

Olga Kadeřábková

Unit Production Manager

Kristina Hejduková


Aleš Pavlíček (fotograf), Dana Maederová


Music Composed by

Miroslav Kořínek

Selected Music

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Figarova svatba), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Don Giovanni), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (La clemenza di Tito), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Kouzelná flétna), Leopold Koželuh (Na smrt Marie Terezie – kantáta)

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by Leoš Svárovský), Orchestr opery Mozart (Music Conducted by Petr Jirounek)


Červená se line záře

Singer sbor

Production info

Original Title

Mí Pražané mi rozumějí

Czech Title

Mí Pražané mi rozumějí

English Title

The People of Prague Understand Me

Working Title

Moji Pražané mi rozumějí




featuretheatrical distribution


music, parody

Origin country




Production Year


Production specifications

start of filming 06/1991
end of filming 07/1991


premiere 4 December 1991 /suitable for youths/


KF Praha a.s.


KF a. s. (monopol do 31. 12. 1993)

Technical info

Duration typology

medium length film

Duration in minutes

59 min

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without subtitles

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