Martin Frič, 1934



Despite their interest in the medium of film, during the era of the First Republic actors Jiří Voskovec and Jan Werich devoted much of their professional energies to the Prague-based avant-garde Osvobozené divadlo (The Liberated Theatre). This meant only two film outings, namely the socially-themed comedies Hej-Rup! (Heave-Ho!, 1934) and Svět patří nám (The World Belongs to Us, 1937), both directed by Martin Frič. Both films have a left-wing take on the 1930s Great Depression era. Today, these entries serve as a testament to the talents of their makers (along with co-writer Václav Wassermann they went under the joint pseudonym “Formen” – or “four men”). In the film, the V+W comic duo portray bankrupted factory owner Jakub Simonides (Werich) and unemployed worker Filip Kornet (Voskovec). The social ideal arising from the joining of forces by our unemployed protagonists against an evil capitalist is far more in a light-hearted comedic sense than later era communist propaganda. Many other performers from The Liberated Theatre also join the cast.
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film_production_year 1934
film_countries Czechoslovakia
film_genres comedy, satire
film_form feature
film_duration 110 min
film_director Martin Frič
film_cast Jiří Voskovec, Jan Werich, Helena Bušová, Josef Skřivan, Theodor Pištěk, Zvonimir Rogoz
film_director_of_photography Otto Heller
film_screenplay F. Formen, Martin Frič, Jiří Voskovec, Václav Wasserman, Jan Werich
film_film_editor Martin Frič
film_production_designer Guido Lagus, Rudolf Wels
film_music_composed_by Jaroslav Ježek
film_sound_designer Bedřich Poledník