...And She Picked Up Violets with Dynamite

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1992

Production year

1992

Premiere

19 November 1992

Runtime

90 min

Category

film

Genre

comedy, screwball comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Trhala fialky dynamitem

Czech title

Trhala fialky dynamitem

English title

...And She Picked Up Violets with Dynamite

Summary

A story about a poor Moravian family - the Karafiat's, that came up with a cunning plan to get rich in the tourism industry. They don't try to take poor Czech tourists to Europe but to bring the rich Western tourists over to the Czech Republic.

Synopsis

A Moravian family, the Karafiáts, is headed by the mother Helena. She summons a family “council” to negotiate what to do after 1989. They hitherto lived on selling flowers brought home by uncle Jožin, an employee of a crematorium. The council decides to establish a special travel agency called Czech Paradise which will bring clients from abroad to the Czech Republic. A cousin called Pons gets an old bus, which is beautifully painted by the grandfather in exchange for a bottle of plum brandy. The family first does not do well in Paris but they are helped by José, a dark-complexioned man who studied in Prague years ago. He also brings over the first customers: a couple of young lovers, a poet, a professor who hopes to find a blue marmot in Slovakia, his wife, and two spinsters who should be expected by a distant aunt in Prague. The Karafiáts collect money from them and the journey “outside Europe” begins. It leads through Germany where the tourists become participants in a fictitious robbery. In Bohemia, they spend night in a scout camp, in a hayloft and also at a château where they unknowingly act as film extras clad in historical costumes. In Prague, the Karafiáts find out that they cannot pay for accommodation for their clients from the collected money and thus transport them directly to Moravia. Here, they run out of money completely. Helena fortunately gets to know the Gypsy baron Dežo, who helps them. The Karafiáts, devastated by the bankruptcy of their travel agency, must again live in the old way. But one day, a column of foreign buses stops in front of their cottage. José is bringing new French clients who were captivated by the stories of the first tourists and want to see the strange country as well. The Karafiáts return to their tourism business, but, this time, in high style.

Cast

Helena Růžičková

Helena Karafiátová

Jiří Růžička

Jiří Karafiát, bratr Heleny

Lubomír Kostelka

strýc Jožin Karafiát, funebrák

Jitka Asterová

sestřenice Běta zvaná Barbie

Fredy Ayisi

lékař José řečený Josífek

Lubomír Lipský

profesor Noel Imbort

Valentina Thielová

Cecile, profesorova žena

Hana Čížková

Pomněnková Marie, francouzská policistka

Nina Jiránková

sestra Renoirová

Věra Koktová

sestra Renoirová

Roman Skamene

bratranec Jožka Pons

Gabriela Filippi

Jeanette Colas

Jiří Kuldan

Robert, Jeanettin manžel

Zdeněk Blažek

dědeček Karafiátových, malíř

Ivo Pešák

řidič nákladního auta Pyžamo

Jan Bošina

závozník Turek

Rostislav Kuba

rasista Daniel Funes

Otto Lackovič

Dežo alias Bangladežo Lakatoš

Tomáš Hanák

mafián René

Milan Riehs

ubytovatel Kovář

Jana Altmannová

ubytovatelka Kovářová

Lena Birková

ceremoniářka v pohřební síni

Václav Kotva

skaut Velký Medvěd

Zdeněk Loveček

pomocný režisér

Rudolf Hošna

režisér

Jan Kuželka

produkční

Petr Skarke

německý policista

Viktorie Knotková

baba v kolibě

Vítězslav Jirsák

představitel Lomikara

Josef Šebek

představitel Koziny

Zdeněk Srstka

představitel kata

Petr Machleidt

dudák

Libor Vojkůvka

divák v Paříži

Irena Hýsková

vinařka

Nikol Maláčová

dcera vinařů

Jan Šváb

kastelán

Bohumír Procházka

recepční

Jef Kratochvil

Arab-tetička sester Renoirových

Mohamed Gamal

Arab

Daher Gazi

Arab

Václav Luks

šermíř

Robo Grigorov

horal s valaškou

Maroš Kramár

horal s fujarou

Beáta Dubasová

dívka v kolibě

Jana Demlová

Giani Francini

Petra Zelinková

komorní soubor FISYO

hudebníci při natáčení

The Street Parade Jazz Band

pouliční hudebníci

Romský soubor Perumos

romský soubor

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Robert Vacík

Assistant Director

FAVA R

Director of Photography

Josef Pávek

Second Unit Photography

Bohumil Rath

Camera Operator

Roman Lohacz

Production Designer

Karel Černý

Assistent Production Designer

Jindřich Sadílek

Art Director

Libor Vojkůvka (design autobusu)

Set Designer

Václav Hrubín

Costume Designer

Milena Landová

Film Editor

Jan Svoboda

Assistant Film Editor

Anna Mejtská

Sound Designer

Jan Štorek

Assistant Sound Designer

Petr Hochmann

Titles Designed by

Libor Vojkůvka

Production

Spurný III, Tomáš Spurný, Steve L. Lichtag, Václav Junek (2)

Production Manager

Petr Junek

Unit Production Manager

Vladimíra Brühlová

Unit Production Manager

Alena Drocarová, Petr Rožánek, Marie Grochová

Cooperation

Marie Hrubanová (klapka), Jef Kratochvil (fotograf), Ivan Frössl

Music

Music Composed by

Milan Dvořák

Selected Music

Bedřich Smetana (Prodaná nevěsta /Milostné zvířátko uděláme z vás/), Bedřich Smetana (Prodaná nevěsta /Věrné naše milování/), Bedřich Smetana (Prodaná nevěsta /Proč bychom se netěšili/)

Music Supervisor

Zdeněk Nedvěd

Songs

Trhala fialky dynamitem

Songwriter Milan Dvořák
Writer of Lyrics Pavel Cmíral
Singer Karel Černochženský sbor

Rodné údolí

Songwriter tradicionál
Writer of Lyrics Emil Knos
Singer Ivo PešákJan Bošinasbor

Kdyby byl Bavorov

Songwriter lidová píseň
Singer Radan RusevEvžen IllínPetr Machleidt

Proč ta sova tolik houkala

Songwriter Karel Vacek
Writer of Lyrics Karel Vacek
Singer Česká muzika Josefa Hlavsy

Letí šíp savanou

Songwriter Ruda Jurist
Writer of Lyrics Ruda Jurist
Singer Lubomír Kostelka

Škoda lásky

Songwriter Jaromír Vejvoda
Writer of Lyrics Václav Zeman
Singer The Street Parade Jazz Band

Na těch panských lukách

Songwriter lidová píseň
Singer Lubomír Kostelka

Věrné naše milování

Songwriter Bedřich Smetana
Writer of Lyrics Karel Sabina
Singer Ivo Pešák [dab]Helena Růžičková [dab]

Milostné zvířátko uděláme z vás

Songwriter Bedřich Smetana
Writer of Lyrics Karel Sabina
Singer Jitka Asterová [dab]

Proč bychom se netěšili

Songwriter Bedřich Smetana
Writer of Lyrics Karel Sabina
Singer sbor

Jetelíček u vody

Songwriter Václav Bláha

Production info

Original Title

Trhala fialky dynamitem

Czech Title

Trhala fialky dynamitem

English Title

...And She Picked Up Violets with Dynamite

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

comedy, screwball comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1992

Production Year

1992

Production specifications

start of filming 1 July 1992

Premiere

premiere 19 November 1992 /suitable for youths/

Distribution slogan

A story of a poor Moravian family starting a business.

Copyright Holders

Hošna Film Brno

Distribution

Pragafilm (majitel monopolu), Interfilm (distributor)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

90 min

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

colour

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech, German, French, Slovak

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech