Our Dear Mister Foerster Died

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production year

1963

Category

film

Genre

narrative

Typology

featurestudent

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)

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 Conducted by

Markéta Kühnová (Kühnův smíšený sbor - mužský sbor)

Songs

Já jsem zamilovaná, Včera neděle byla

Songwriter

Jaromír Vomáčka (Já jsem zamilovaná), Jiří Šlitr (Včera neděle byla)

Writer of Lyrics

Zdeněk Borovec (Já jsem zamilovaná), Jiří Suchý (Včera neděle byla)

Singer

Svatava Hubeňáková (Já jsem zamilovaná), Svatava Hubeňáková (Včera neděle byla)

Production info

Original Title

Umřel nám pan Foerster

English Title

Our Dear Mister Foerster Died

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

narrative

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production Year

1963

Production

Studio FAMU

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Technical info

Versions

Czech