My Friend d’Artagnan

Radovan Urban, 1989

Film at Filmový přehled


Radovan Urban’s children’s film was made in 1989 but it was nearly drowned out by other film productions of the day when it was finally released in the “free distribution” years that followed the end of communism. The hero of the picture – eventually released in February 1991 – is 13-year-old Milda Malý. He reminisces about the recently completed shooting of a film in which he played the principal part, a sensitive boy who mixes reality with an imaginary world inspired by Alexandre Dumas’s The Three Musketeers. Milda’s self-identification with d’Artagnan is in marked contrast with reality – a holiday camp where he finds himself an outsider and a local gang of children’s target of ridicule. Similarly to the Dumas hero, the protagonist in the completed film – but, by contrast, not the boy who has performed him – finally enjoys justice and recognition. An interesting aspect of the production is that it was actually a retro movie set in the year of 1964. Standing out among the cast are Jiří Lábus, Oldřich Navrátil and Oldřich Vlach.
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About a film

Production year 1989
Countries Czechoslovakia
Categories film
Genres children
Form feature
Duration 86 min
Director Radovan Urban
Cast Jozef Kroner, Aleš Sýkora, Oldřich Navrátil, Marie Logojdová, David Kemr, Jiří Lábus
Director of photography Martin Benoni
Screenplay Alexander Lukeš, Radovan Urban
Editor Jan Chaloupek
Production designer Jindřich Kočí
Music Martin Kratochvíl
Sound designer Tomáš Potůček