Man in Labour

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1979

Production year

1979

Premiere

8 August 1980

Runtime

86 min

Category

povídkový film

Genre

short-story

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Jak rodí chlap

Czech title

Jak rodí chlap

English title

Man in Labour

Working title

Jak se rodí chlap

povídkový film

Man in Labour

Summary

A favourite Barrandov film studios practice – making motion pictures with multiple storylines that allowed three novice directors to debut at once – was behind the delivery of Jak rodí chlap (Man in Labour, 1980). For Zdeněk Troška and Jan Ekl it really was their first attempt at making a short film; Vladimír Drha had already directed a short as part of the multi-narrative film Návštěvy (The Visitors, 1970), which was not completed for ideological reasons. The three short stories, scripted by David Jan Novotný, have the common theme of first-time fathers. The hero of Troška’s story Poštovský panáček (Mail Coach Driver, 1979) is a postman working in the mountains, Ekl’s crime story Hádanka (The Riddle, 1979) is about a new father who becomes a suspect in a murder case, and Drha’s Věrné milování (Faithful Love, 1979) is a tale of punishment meted out to a barfly. While it was a promising start for both Troška and Drha, Ekl later gave up directing films.

Synopsis

Three short stories.

Crew and creators

Production info

Original Title

Jak rodí chlap

Czech Title

Jak rodí chlap

English Title

Man in Labour

Working Title

Jak se rodí chlap

Category

povídkový film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

short-story

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1979

Production Year

1979

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 26 February 1979 (povídka Poštovský panáček)
start of filming 7 March 1979 (povídka Poštovský panáček)
technical Screenplay approved 8 March 1979 (povídka Poštovský panáček)
literary Screenplay approved 10 May 1979 (povídka Hádanka)
end of filming 16 May 1979 (povídka Poštovský panáček)
literary Screenplay approved 20 May 1979 (povídka Věrné milování)
start of filming 28 May 1979 (povídka Hádanka)
technical Screenplay approved 28 May 1979 (povídka Věrné milování)
start of filming 28 May 1979 (povídka Věrné milování)
technical Screenplay approved 15 June 1979 (povídka Hádanka)
end of filming 7 August 1979 (povídka Věrné milování)
end of filming 7 September 1979 (povídka Hádanka)
projection approval 9 November 1979 (povídka Poštovský panáček)
projection approval 9 November 1979 (povídka Věrné milování)
projection approval 28 December 1979 (povídka Hádanka)

Premiere

premiere 8 August 1980 /unsuitable for youths/

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

86 min

Original length in metres

2 449 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,66

Colour

colour

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech