Silence

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production year

1963

Runtime

22 min

Category

film

Genre

narrative

Typology

featurenon-theatrical distributionstudent filmshort

Original title

Mlčení

Czech title

Mlčení

English title

Silence

Working title

Wiedeman [filmový scénář]

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

Director of Photography

Ivan Šlapeta

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

Songwriter Ivana Loudová
Writer of Lyrics Jaromil Jireš
Singer Zuzana Stivínová

Když mi bylo deset

Songwriter Ivana Loudová
Writer of Lyrics Jaromil Jireš
Singer Zuzana Stivínová

Listuji rodinným albem

Songwriter Ivana Loudová
Writer of Lyrics Jaromil Jireš
Singer Zuzana Stivínová

Production info

Original Title

Mlčení

Czech Title

Mlčení

English Title

Silence

Working Title

Wiedeman [filmový scénář]

Category

film

Typology

featurenon-theatrical distributionstudent film

Genre

narrative

Student film

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production Year

1963

Production

Studio FAMU

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Technical info

Duration typology

short film

Duration in minutes

22 min

Original length in metres

638 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:2,35

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: 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