Black-and-White Sylva

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1961

Production year

1961

Runtime

28 min

Director

Jan Schmidt

Category

film

Genre

satire

Typology

featurenon-theatrical distributionstudent filmshort

Original title

Černobílá Sylva

Czech title

Černobílá Sylva

English title

Black-and-White Sylva

Working title

Sylva

Synopsis

In the midst of the viewers in a cinema watching the new Czech movie "Love between the Panels", the heroine of the story, the bricklayer Sylva, falls out of the screen. The viewers are appalled by her materialization. But the vigorous Sylva is quick to manage her situation: she sets off to meet those who created her - the scriptwriter, the director and the producer. These, however, are not pleased by her appearance at all. The girl does not have any identification card nor other documents nor permanent residency, and without these, she has no right to exist. Sylva bursts into crying and leaves with Poroba, a student of the Prague Film and Television Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts. He takes her to the school and along with his friends teaches Sylva how to behave like a normal girl. Sylva nevertheless remains the exemplary stakhanovite woman from the gang of Máňa Volfová - in the same way as she is represented in the film. Eventually, she runs away from the students and arrives to a real construction site on a lorry. There, she drives an old experienced bricklayer crazy with her endless stream of clichés. She is saved from his rage by the filmmakers, who take her back to the cinema. Before a screen showing the scene in which Sylva falls into the real world, the filmmakers say good-bye to her with a bouquet and Sylva returns into film scene and action. Along with her the director appears there too, and after a moment of hesitation, he joins the work and lays one brick after another.

Cast

Zuzana Stivínová

zednička Sylva

Václav Sloup

student Poroba

Lubomír Lipský

režisér Brych

Jiří Lír

scénárista

Arnošt Faltýnek

zedník Valenta

Josef Koza

zedník

Dubbing

Evald Schorm

hlas staršího seržanta-dopravního strážníka

Crew and creators

Director

Jan Schmidt

Screenstory

Pavel Juráček

Screenplay

Pavel Juráček

Director of Photography

Vladimír Kulčický

Second Unit Photography

Ivan Šlapeta

Production Designer

Bohumil Pokorný

Costumes

Marie Malá

Sound Designer

Hanuš Silvera, Oldřich Tichý, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Pedagogical management

Otakar Vávra (režie), Eduard Landisch (kamera), František Daniel (dramaturgie), Josef Dobřichovský (střih), Bohumil Šmída (produkce)

Music

Music Composed by

Evžen Illín

Music Performed by

Favorit Club (Music Conducted by Sláva Kunst)

Songs

Láska mezi panely

Songwriter Evžen Illín
Singer Zuzana StivínováLubomír Lipský

Production info

Original Title

Černobílá Sylva

Czech Title

Černobílá Sylva

English Title

Black-and-White Sylva

Working Title

Sylva

Category

film

Typology

featurenon-theatrical distributionstudent film

Genre

satire

Student film

graduate film

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1961

Production Year

1961

Production

Studio FAMU

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Studio FAMU

Technical info

Duration typology

short film

Duration in minutes

28 min

Original length in metres

800 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 4. festival českých a slovenských filmů Košice

1962
Košice / Czechoslovakia