Imposters

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1965

Production year

1965

Director

Jan Němec

Category

povídka

Genre

short-story

Typology

feature

Original title

Podvodníci

Czech title

Podvodníci

English title

Imposters

Synopsis

Two old men are talking in a hospital room. The one who has been reduced to a bedridden patient recalls his past as a singer who performed and sang the main roles in famous light operas. The second patient still can walk a little, helped by a stick. He used to be a successful journalist. The singer keeps an album of his photographs in various roles under his pillow. In the hospital mortuary, an assistant goes through the things left behind by the two old men. They both ended their lives as lonely people, without family. The assistant reveals to the hospital hairdresser that both men made their pasts up. The singer was in fact only a member of the opera corps and the journalist contributed solely to the gardening column. The hairdresser, offended at the lies of the two men, claims that people are obliged to tell the truth under any circumstances. He then packs up his instruments and walks through the hospital corridor in a white cloak, pretending to be a doctor in front of a patient lying on the stretcher.

Cast

Miloš Čtrnáctý

pacient, bývalý operetní zpěvák

František Havel

pacient, bývalý novinář

Josef Hejl

holič

Jan Vašák

zřízenec

Jiří Reichl

mladík s frakturou

Bohumil Hrabal

muž před domem

Crew and creators

Director

Jan Němec

Second Unit Director

Květa Ondráková

Assistant Director

Zdenka Petřková

Script Supervisor

Zdenka Karlovská

Based on

Bohumil Hrabal (Podvodníci – povídka ze sbírky Perlička na dně)

Shooting Script

Jan Němec

Script Editor

Václav Nývlt

Second Unit Photography

Miroslav Ondříček

Camera Operator

Jiří Štíbr, Vladimír Zajíc

Production Designer

Oldřich Bosák

Assistent Production Designer

Bohumil Nový

Set Designer

František Zajíček, Jan Vrňata, Viktor Fixl

Costume Designer

Marta Bártová

Make-Up Artist

František Novotný

Assistant Film Editor

Eva Horázná, Jitka Šulcová

Sound Designer

Blažej Bernard

Assistant Sound Designer

Václav Kliegel

Production Manager

František Sandr

Unit Production Manager

Ludmila Tikovská, Luděk Marold, Věra Winkelhöferová

Unit Production Manager

Karel Kovář

Cooperation

Růžena Nováková (klapka)

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Šust

Selected Music

Johann Strauss ml. (Cikánský baron – opereta)

Songs

Vím, proč život mám rád

Songwriter

Johann Strauss ml. (Vím, proč život mám rád)

Singer

mužský hlas (Vím, proč život mám rád), sbor (Vím, proč život mám rád)

Production info

Original Title

Podvodníci

English Title

Imposters

Category

povídka

Typology

feature

Genre

short-story

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1965

Production Year

1965

Technical info

Versions

Czech