Archive of films Be Prepared! / Buď připraven!

1923, 60 min

Section: Out of the Past
Year: 2019

Svatopluk Innemann’s film Be Prepared! from 1923 portrays the early Czech boy scout movement through a simple story which takes us to a myriad period locations, such as Orlík castle and St John’s Rapids, the latter of which no longer exists. The screening of the 35 mm print, now restored and coloured to reflect the original tinting, will be accompanied live by the Wabi Experience duo.


The somewhat neglected Be Prepared! by Svatopluk Innemann was based on a screenplay by theatre personality and scoutmaster František V. Kučera, who also appeared in one of the roles. The picture, made by Poja Film, shows scouts at a summer camp in the vicinity of Orlík castle engaged in various exercises in proficiency, including lifesaving skills. The shoot involved the participation of boys from one of the Prague scout troops and staff from the Schwarzenberg estate. The movie provides rare documentation not only of the scout movement of the time but also of Prague as it was in 1923 and St John’s Rapids, now flooded by the Štěchovice Reservoir. The new tinted and toned copy was reconstructed by the National Film Archive in 2017-2018. The screening will be accompanied live by the Wabi Experience duo.

Jaroslav Lopour

About the director

Svatopluk Innemann (b. 1896, Ljubljana, Austria-Hungary – 1945, Klecany, Czechoslovakia). Selected filmography: Be Prepared! (Buď připraven!, 1923), Švejk in Russian Captivity (1926), The Lovers of an Old Criminal (1927), Colonel Švec (1929), Fidlovačka (1930), Men Offside (1931), The Dog-Heads (1931), The Third Company (1931), Before Graduation (1932, co-dir. Vladislav Vančura)


Národní filmový archiv
Malešická 12, 130 00, Praha 3
Czech Republic

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Out of the Past
Director: Svatopluk Innemann
Screenplay: František V. Kučera
Dir. of Photography: Svatopluk Innemann
Cast: Karel Fiala, Luisa Hanková-Kučerová, Josef Šváb-Malostranský, Jan Fifka, František V. Kučera, Saša Dobrovolná
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