Little Guinea Pig

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1961

Production year

1961

Runtime

12 min

Director

Dušan Klein

Category

film

Genre

drama, psychological

Typology

featurestudentshort

Original title

Králíček

Czech title

Králíček

English title

Little Guinea Pig

Synopsis

Children with yellow stars on their chests wait in front of the surgery of a German doctor in the ghetto, who has an SS uniform under his doctor's overcoat. A Red Cross delegation is expected to arrive soon and the doctor stops his experiments. The nurse Wally also wears a Jewish star. The doctor orders her to give vitamins to the children and make sure there are never more than eight of them in the rooms. Small, wide-eyed Ilonka refuses to take cod-liver oil, even after the doctor starts singing her a children's song in German. The girl runs away to the toilet, where she meets her friend Petr. Petr looks after the guinea pigs and tells the girl, whom he has nicknamed Mite [Blecha], how the doctor kills the guinea pigs with the injections. He promises Ilonka to bring her a guinea pig and gives her a carrot. But the girl has been infected with encephalitis as an guinea pig subject and the Red Cross inspection must not find out. When Ilonka returns to the hallway the doctor takes her to his surgery and gives her an injection. Later on, Petr comes to the hallway looking for the little girl but the distressed Wally tells him he will never find her again.

Cast

Ota Sklenčka

lékař

Nina Jiránková

zdravotní sestra Wally

Crew and creators

Director

Dušan Klein

Based on

Arnošt Lustig (Bílý – povídka ze sbírky Démanty noci)

Sound Designer

Oldřich Tichý

Pedagogical management

Elmar Klos (režie), Václav Sklenář (režie), Eduard Landisch (kamera), Josef Dobřichovský (střih), Bohumil Šmída (produkce)

Music

Music Composed by

archivní

Songs

Fuchs, du hast die Gans gestohlen

Singer

Ota Sklenčka (Fuchs, du hast die Gans gestohlen)

Music Advisor

Josef Ceremuga

Production info

Original Title

Králíček

English Title

Little Guinea Pig

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

drama, psychological

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1961

Production Year

1961

Production

Studio FAMU

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Technical info

Lenght

short

Runtime

12 min

Versions

Czech