Marriage with Strings Attached

Pavel Kohout, 1965

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During the mid-1960s, writer Pavel Kohout came along with two back-to-back directorial efforts: the drama Sedm zabitých (Seven Days in Week, 1965) and Svatba s podmínkou (Marriage with Strings Attached, 1965). This latter story, also written by Kohout, is a comment on the crisis in available apartments of the time: Vlasta, a girl from outside of Prague, has completed teaching college and received a placement to teach at a rural school. But she decides to marry a Prague man, so as to be able to change professions and remain in the capital. However, instead of the agreed upon bridegroom, she accidentally commits to wed petrol pump attendant Vlastík. And that is just the tip of the iceberg of the wily Vlasta’s problems... The film, made during the era of the Czechoslovak New Wave, sees Marie Drahokoupilová (Vlasta) and Michael Junášek (Vlastík) in the lead roles. Vlasta’s lover Irka, who procures the sham marriage, is played by Radoslav Brzobohatý, whose later career tended to see him portraying decent, upstanding characters.
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About a film

Production year 1965
Countries Czechoslovakia
Categories film
Genres comedy, bitter comedy
Form feature
Duration 98 min
Director Pavel Kohout
Cast Marie Drahokoupilová, Michael Junášek, Radoslav Brzobohatý, Iva Janžurová, Lubor Tokoš, František Němec
Director of photography Josef Illík
Screenplay Pavel Kohout
Editor Jaromír Janáček
Production designer Jan Oliva
Music Ladislav Simon
Sound designer František Fabián, Bohumír Brunclík