Joseph Kilian / A Character in Need of Support

absurd, allegory, narrative

Typology

feature

Czech title

Postava k podpírání

Runtime

38

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production year

1963

Premiere

04.09.1964

Language version

Czech

Director

Pavel Juráček, Jan Schmidt

Screenplay

Pavel Juráček, Jan Schmidt

Screenstory

Pavel Juráček

Summary

“In one word, describe the difference between man and animal.” “Reason?” “No! Discipline!” The allegorical motion picture, Joseph Kilian, rousingly exposes how human obsession with order leaves him sour and dull. The central character, a man who, having leased a feline companion for a single day, laboriously tries to return him the next to avoid a fine and in the process, experiences endless drama. The rental shop is nowhere to be found so the man, with the cat in his briefcase, treads through a labyrinth of hallways, waiting rooms and offices, finally growing accustomed to his burden. Joseph Kilian is a middle length film shot by the creators in perfect Kafkaesque style. Kafka has been back in fashion for some time in Czechoslovakia; it is of great significance that he has been reevaluated in his homeland […] Everything is narrated in an entertaining manner with humor that penetrates through the images. Postava k podpírání is one of the most successful films we have seen in some time. [“Křik”, “O něčem jiném”, “Postava k podpírání” in the Italian Press. Czechoslovakian Cinematographey in the Light of the Foreign Press.1964, no. 9, pg. 21.]

Synopsis

Jan Herold is looking for comrade Kilián. He must tell him that someone has died. He asks different people but to no avail. He wanders the streets of old Prague indecisively All of a sudden, he sees a strange sign - Cats for Rent. Driven by curiosity, he walks in and gets himself a tabby kitten for fifteen crowns. The next day he wants to return it but the rental shop has disappeared in the meantime. He enquires with the passers-by and then goes to ask at official places. He is worried about having to pay penalties for keeping the kitten. Nobody can help him. Finally, Jan remembers Kilián. He wanders the endless corridors of an administrative building until he finally reaches the waiting room in front of Kilián's office. There is an entire crowd of people already waiting there. One of them, a man with a gas boiler, storms into the office that has Kilián's name on it. The office is deserted, even the furniture is missing. Exhausted, Jan goes to the local pub. Next to his table he sees a man who looks a lot like Kilián. When he asks the man, he denies it and leaves in a hurry. Before losing him in the crowd, Jan sees that the man is carrying a kitten under his arm.

Cast

Karel Vašíček

Jan Herold

Consuela Morávková

prodavačka v půjčovně koček

Ivan Růžička

úředník

Pavel Bártl

Kilián

Jiří Stivín

hudebník s klarinetem

Pavel Šilhánek

muž s kotlem

Jaroslav Zrotal

muž v kartotéce

Stanislav Michler

muž na ulici

Eduard Pavlíček

brýlatý muž na magistrátě

Ladislav Smoljak

úředník

Karel Čáslavský

muž na schodech

Dubbing

Jaromír Spal

hlas úředníka

Jan Pohan

hla muže na ulici

Pavla Maršálková

hlas Heroldovy matky

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Pavel Horák

Assistant Director

Jiřina Matiasková, Zdenka Pešulová

Screenstory

Pavel Juráček

Script Editor

Václav Nývlt

Second Unit Photography

František Uldrich

Camera Operator

Jiří Macák

Production Designer

Oldřich Bosák

Set Designer

Miloslav Dvořák, Jan Drvota (rekvizitář)

Film Editor

Zdeněk Stehlík

Sound Designer

Adolf Nacházel, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Production Manager

Miloš Bergl

Unit Production Manager

Zdeňka Černá, Ladislav Dražan

Unit Production Manager

Zbyněk Bartoš

Cooperation

Jiřina Znamenáčková (klapka), Ludmila Náprstková (asistentka střihu), Bohumil Nový (asistent architekta), Jan Wahle (asistent zvuku), Václav Kovařík

Music

Music Composed by

Wiliam Bukový

Songs

Tralala

Songwriter

americká lidová píseň (Tralala)

Writer of Lyrics

Jiří Suchý (Tralala)

Singer

Pavlína Filipovská (Tralala)

Production info

Original Title

Postava k podpírání

English Title

Joseph Kilian / A Character in Need of Support

Copyright

1963

Production Year

1963

Premiere

04.09.1964

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Ústřední půjčovna filmů (původní 1964 a obnovená 1990), Národní filmový archiv (obnovená 2016)

Creative Group

Šmída – Fikar, Ladislav Fikar, Bohumil Šmída

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Exhibition: 10. západoněmecké dny krátkého filmu Oberhausen

1964
Oberhausen / Federal Republic of Germany

Vítěz

Festival: 13. mezinárodní filmový týden Mannheim

1964
Mannheim / Federal Republic of Germany