The Hop-Pickers

  • Czech Republic 
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More than fifty years have passed since the release of the most famous and, thus far, unsurpassed Czech musical film. Set during the hops harvest, it recounts the story of first love confronted with the misunderstanding of those around. The less constrained atmosphere during the mid-sixties allowed the creators to balance the more serious themes of morality and generational conflict with satirical undertones. The storyline is interspersed with dance numbers and songs, many of which have entered the Czech Pop Music Hall of Fame, and is framed by a trio of guitarists, in the roles of three symbolic guides, and a central melody, Lovers in Jeans. A pioneering film in its genre and shot in the spirit of other world-class musicals, it celebrated great success domestically where, after premiering in cinemas during the summer of 1964, it was viewed by three million people. The wide-angle anamorphic format in combination with four-channel, magnetic sound recording allowed the dance numbers, choreographed by Josef Koníček, to glow. Director Ladislav Rychman and screenwriter Vratislav Blažek were not the only members of the film crew to receive awards at domestic competitions and festivals; special notice was also taken of the composers (Jiří Bažant, Jiří Malásek and Vratislav Blažek) for the functional use of song in the film.




  • Original title
    Starci na chmelu
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Vratislav Blažek, Ladislav Rychman
  • Cast
    Vladimír Pucholt, Ivana Pavlová, Miloš Zavadil, Irena Kačírková, Josef Kemr, Libuše Havelková, Vladimír Klos, Josef Laufer...
  • DOP
    Jan Stallich
  • Editing
    Miroslav Hájek
  • Music
    Jiří Bažant, Jiří Malásek, Vlastimil Hála
  • Sound
    Dobroslav Šrámek, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)
  • Duration
    89 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Czech Republic
  • Colour
    • Colour
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