Eva Fools Around

Martin Frič, 1939

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In 1939 Nataša Gollová was just 27 years-old – but had managed to take the lead role in no less than seven feature films. Gollová’s charm is on full display in this unforgettable screwball comedy from director Martin Frič. Adapted from the light-hearted 1934 novel Patsy tropí hlouposti (Patsy Fools Around) by Fan Vavřincová, the film adaptation is the sole screenplay from Vladimír Peroutka. The film’s strong qualities mean it stands up to the best of the Hollywood screwball comedies being made around this time. Eva is a spontaneous and inventive young woman, who decides to bring some joy to her beloved aunt Pa (Zdeňka Baldová). While trying to find Pa a guide to cultivating a Záhorský (blue) rose, the zany Eva sneaks in to the home of her aunt’s neighbour posing as a secretary. In all the confusion, Eva also manages to fall in love, and complicate the life of her brother Michal (Oldřich Nový), who has himself fallen for the neighbour’s daughter Eliška.
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About a film

Production year 1939
Countries Czechoslovakia
Categories film
Genres comedy
Form feature
Duration 90 min
Director Martin Frič
Cast Nataša Gollová, Oldřich Nový, Zdeňka Baldová, Ella Nollová, Gustav Hilmar
Director of photography Václav Hanuš
Screenplay Vladimír Peroutka
Editor Jan Kohout
Production designer Jan Zázvorka
Music Kamil Běhounek, Jiří Traxler
Sound designer Josef Zora