Lucy and Miracles

Ota Koval, 1970



The fates of child acting stars are often associated with a rapid decline in popularity and descent into oblivion. Viktorie Čermáková made her debut in Ota Koval’s zany children’s comedy Lucie a zázraky (Lucy and Miracles) /1970/ at the age of four, vanishing from the big screen in 1973. However, she has made a full return to film in recent years as an already acclaimed theatre actress and director; the heroine of this modern fairy tale about a little girl from a care home whose toy dog comes to life and helps her find her mother is now starting out on a career as a respected artist. Lucy and Miracles also represented an independent, confident debut for director Koval, who in the following two decades concentrated almost exclusively on work for children and young people. (The chief exception that proves the rule was the biographical Julek /1979/ exploring the childhood and youth of communist journalist Julius Fučík). The screenwriter of Lucy and Miracles – which within the scope of a children’s film experiments with the legacy of silent comedies as well as the Czechoslovak New Wave – was the seasoned Ota Hofman. Hofman, who also wrote the children’s film Kočičí princ (Cat Prince) (1978) for Koval, produced other stories about the little girl Lucie (Lucie, postrach ulice [Lucy, Terror of the Street], …a zase ta Lucie! [Lucy Again] /both 1984/). However, these have nothing in common with the protagonist of Koval’s picture. The little, abandoned Lucie was in fact originally the heroine of a film that turns into reality thanks to the married couple Petra and Mikuláš. The sad, lonely child receives a toy from them – a little pink dog that caused Petra to lose her job. The dog, Pink Laurohardy, comes to life – and Lucie is fully convinced he will lead her to her new home. The pals run away and experience lots of adventures on the streets of Prague together. The little girl does find new parents, in the form of Mikuláš and Petra. The adult leads in the lively picture are astutely played by Jan Tříska and the singer Naďa Urbánková, who in the first half of the 1970s frequently drew on her previous acting experience in movies.
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About a film

film_production_year 1970
film_countries Czechoslovakia
film_genres children, slapstick
film_form feature
film_duration 76 min
film_director Ota Koval
film_cast Naďa Urbánková, Jan Tříska, Viktorie Čermáková, Bohuš Záhorský, Regina Rázlová, Helena Růžičková
film_director_of_photography Jan Novák
film_screenplay Ota Hofman
film_film_editor Zdeněk Stehlík
film_production_designer Jan Oliva
film_music_composed_by Luboš Fišer
film_sound_designer Jiří Lenoch