The People of Prague Understand Me

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1991

Production year

1991

Premiere

4 December 1991

Runtime

60 min

Category

film

Genre

music, parody

Typology

featuremedium

Original title

Mí Pražané mi rozumějí

Czech title

Mí Pražané mi rozumějí

English title

The People of Prague Understand Me

Synopsis

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!”

Cast

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

baryton

Tomáš Hanák

šlechtic

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

Jaroslav Šmíd

učedník

Jana Šteindlerová

slovenská chůva

Ladislav Krečmer

skladatel Leopold Koželuh

Kristina Hejduková

Klára Jerneková

císařovna

Jan Chalupecký

Zdeněk Klumpar

pěvec

B. Mátlová

pěvkyně

J. Koutný

pěvec

J. Mrázek

pěvec

Jiří Hruška (2)

pěvec

L. Machoň

pěvec

M. Šebestík

pěvec

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

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

Cooperation

Dana Maederová

Music

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, Orchestr opery Mozart

Music Conducted by

Leoš Svárovský (FISYO), Petr Jirounek (Orchestr opery Mozart)

Songs

Červená se line záře

Singer

sbor (Červená se line záře)

Production info

Original Title

Mí Pražané mi rozumějí

English Title

The People of Prague Understand Me

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

music, parody

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1991

Production Year

1991

Premiere

4 December 1991

Production

KF Praha a.s.

Distribution

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

Technical info

Lenght

medium

Runtime

60 min

Versions

Czech

Subtitles

without subtitles