Our Dear Mister Foerster Died

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production year

1963

Premiere

12/1963

Runtime

15 min

Category

film

Genre

narrative

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionstudent filmshort

Original title

Umřel nám pan Foerster

Czech title

Umřel nám pan Foerster

English title

Our Dear Mister Foerster Died

Synopsis

It is a bright summer afternoon in the Prague Lesser Town district. In a backyard, a young woman hangs out laundry, singing simple melodies in a clear voice. On a little chair under a wall, a grey-haired man basks in the sun, recalling his memories from long ago and talking about his desire to visit France to see with his own eyes the places where his favourite painters used to work. The young woman has other ideas about beauty and classical music seems boring to her. The peaceful moment is disturbed by a woman from a neighbouring palace who strikes a black flag out of the window. Who died? "Our Mister Foerster died," the woman responds. All of a sudden, the seemingly abandoned place quickens and a choir clad in black gathers in front of the house where composer Foerster was born in the second half of the 19th century, to say good-bye with music to the great artist who died that sunny day. The young woman and old man, moved, listen to the sublime song.

Cast

Crew and creators

Based on

Jindřiška Smetanová (Umřel nám pan Foerster – povídka)

Director of Photography

Petr Mareš

Second Unit Photography

Jozef Ort-Šnep

Camera Operator

Ludvík Karel

Make-Up Artist

Hana Beránková

Sound Designer

Oldřich Tichý

Pedagogical management

Otakar Vávra (režie), Václav Hanuš (kamera), Bohumil Šmída (produkce)

Cooperation

Elo Havetta, Anna Smrštíková, Tomáš Škrdlant

Music

Music Composed by

Josef Ceremuga

Music Performed by

Kühnův smíšený sbor – mužský sbor (Music Conducted by Markéta Kühnová)

Songs

Já jsem zamilovaná

Songwriter Jaromír Vomáčka
Writer of Lyrics Zdeněk Borovec
Singer Svatava Hubeňáková

Včera neděle byla

Songwriter Jiří Šlitr
Writer of Lyrics Jiří Suchý
Singer Svatava Hubeňáková

Production info

Original Title

Umřel nám pan Foerster

Czech Title

Umřel nám pan Foerster

English Title

Our Dear Mister Foerster Died

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionstudent film

Genre

narrative

Student film

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production Year

1963

Production specifications

projection approval 17 September 1963

Premiere

premiere 12/1963 /suitable for youths/

Production

Studio FAMU

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Technical info

Duration typology

short film

Duration in minutes

15 min

Original length in metres

420 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