Silence

narrative

Typology

feature

Czech title

Mlčení

Runtime

22

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production year

1963

Language version

Czech

Director

Juraj Jakubisko

Synopsis

The positive and negative images of nature and windmills and ventilators, symbolising wind and motion, pass one after another in front of our eyes. In contrast to this, the hitherto static and motionless life of the composer Wiedeman is captured in passing and described by the simultaneous narrative. Wiedeman works in radio as an author of brief programmes on classical music, broadcasted shortly before midnight. The man does not want to admit his old age to himself and hates to hear the girl Milena reminding him of his bygone plans to compose a great work and to fill concert halls. Wiedeman is kicked out from the radio station; the notice is justified by the editor-in-chief by the need for new optimistic music, most desirably brass-band music, which the listeners ask for in their letters. Wiedeman believes that now, the time has come to write the composition of his life, but it seems that it is too late for anything.

Note

The film was a school excercise of the 4th grade at the Prague Film and Television Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts.

Cast

Vladimír Klemens

hudební skladatel Wiedeman

Miroslav Nohýnek

redaktor Pánek

Ivo Pondělíček

hlavní redaktor

Jindra Rathová

Milena

Commentary

Crew and creators

Screenstory

Jaroslav Učeň

Screenplay

Juraj Jakubisko

Commentary by

Jaroslav Učeň

Film Editor

Juraj Jakubisko

Sound Designer

Oldřich Tichý

Pedagogical management

Václav Wasserman (režie), Václav Hanuš (kamera), Miloš V. Kratochvíl (scénář), Bohumil Šmída (produkce)

Music

Music Composed by

Ivana Loudová

Songs

Potkáváme je každý den, Když mi bylo deset, Listuji rodinným albem

Songwriter

Ivana Loudová (Potkáváme je každý den), Ivana Loudová (Když mi bylo deset), Ivana Loudová (Listuji rodinným albem)

Writer of Lyrics

Jaromil Jireš (Potkáváme je každý den), Jaromil Jireš (Když mi bylo deset), Jaromil Jireš (Listuji rodinným albem)

Singer

Zuzana Stivínová (Potkáváme je každý den), Zuzana Stivínová (Když mi bylo deset), Zuzana Stivínová (Listuji rodinným albem)

Production info

Original Title

Mlčení

English Title

Silence

Working Title

Wiedeman /název scénáře/

Copyright

1963

Production Year

1963

Production

Studio FAMU

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: Festival experimentálních filmů v Knocke Le Zoute

1964
Knocke Le Zoute / Belgium

Vítěz

Festival: Festival experimentálních filmů v Knocke Le Zoute

1964
Knocke Le Zoute / Belgium