The Liar

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1957

Production year

1957

Runtime

24 min

Category

film

Genre

narrative

Typology

featurestudentshort

Original title

Lhář

Czech title

Lhář

English title

The Liar

Synopsis

A group of children are spending the holidays near the Vltava river on the outskirts of Prague. The father of one of the boys asks two of his son's friends to water his garden while he is away on holiday. In return he promises to lend them his yacht. The boys fulfil their task conscientiously but on his return the owner of the garden only rewards them with a small amount of money and denies ever having made his promise. The disappointed boys buy some white paint and write the word "Liar" on his yacht. The furious man complains to the boys' parents who give them a good hiding. They have to get rid of the paint with white spirit. This unjustified punishment brings the boys to the idea that they might as well borrow the boat anyway. They are enjoying their sail until a motor boat overturns the yacht. The boat owner saves the boys from drowning. The crowd which has gathered to watch condemns the way young people behave; the one who protests the most is the very man who had lied to them. The boys derive a certain amount of satisfaction when they notice in the distance the yacht owner vainly trying to wash off the shameful word without much success.

Cast

Antonín Trojáček

Míčka, majitel plachetnice

Karel Jiřička

otec

Josefa Křížová

matka

Pavel Hobl

reportér

Milada Pražáková

dítě

Jarmila Vohanková

dítě

Josef Kindl

dítě

Lubomír Dittrich

dítě

Zora Zetková

dítě

K. Schubert

dítě

žáci 100. a 99. osmiletky

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Hynek Bočan

Screenstory

Zdeněk Borovec

Screenplay

Zdeněk Borovec

Production Manager

Miroslava Jasná, Milan Balašov

Pedagogical management

Bohumil Vošahlík (režie), Václav Hanuš (kamera), Josef Dobřichovský (střih)

Music

Music Composed by

Štěpán Koníček

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Lhář

English Title

The Liar

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

narrative

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1957

Production Year

1957

Production

Studio FAMU

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Technical info

Lenght

short

Runtime

24 min

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 6. světový festival mládeže a studentstva Moskva

1957
Moskva / Russia