Tempo of the First Love

Zbyněk Brynych, 1966

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In 1966, experienced director Zbyněk Brynych completed two “Karlovy Vary” projects: spy drama Transit Carlsbad (Carlsbad Transit) and the 30-minute film Tempo první lásky (The Tempo of the First Love). The latter production tells the story of a one-day romance that occurs between young liftboy Jirka and Gloria, the daughter of a South American hotel tycoon. The story unfolds in the chic setting of the Grandhotel Moskva-Pupp in the spa town of Karlovy Vary (often referred to by its German name Carlsbad). While the guide assigned to the girl, Mr. Robert, and the hotel manager dwell on old times, misunderstandings caused by the language barrier cause hotel staff to bad mouth Jirka… The character of the “noble of birth”, ageing hotel manager Altschul would be one of the last parts played by the actor Oldřich Nový. The role of Jiří is performed by the then 21-year-old Ladislav Potměšil, while the part of Gloria entailed the sole film appearance of Fedora Marková (dubbed by Kateřina Trávnická).
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About a film

Production year 1966
Countries Czechoslovakia
Categories film
Genres short-story
Form feature
Duration 34 min
Director Zbyněk Brynych
Cast Oldřich Nový, Ladislav Potměšil, Fedora Marková, Zdeněk Hodr, Jana Vaňková
Director of photography Jan Kališ
Screenplay Vladimír Kalina, Zbyněk Brynych
Editor Miroslav Hájek
Production designer Milan Nejedlý
Music archivní
Sound designer Miloš Alster