The Death of Mr Baltazar

short-story

Typology

feature

Czech title

Smrt pana Baltazara

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1965

Production year

1965

Language version

Czech

Director

Jiří Menzel

Synopsis

A man repairs his old Walter car by the side of road, devotedly assisted by his wife. She hands him the instruments in the manner of theatre nurses during a surgery, at the same time trying to tell the models of passing motorcycles by the sound of the motors. Anytime she gets one wrong, the husband kindly corrects her. Nearby, their fellow-traveller, an old uncle, delivers a monologue in which he recalls his experiences from his youth. The veteran automobile sets off on the road again. Although even a man on a bicycle can overtake them, the man praises the car fulsomely. The family, in fact, is travelling to the motorcycle Grand Cup. The race track is already full of hundreds of viewers who have been waiting to occupy the best spots since the night. The husband indulges in conversation with an invalid on a wheelchair, enchanting him with his memories of the famous racers and especially their often mortal crashes. The wife supports Mr Šťastný, who always wins despite crashes and wounds. The race starts. The uncle tries to clean his dirty coat with gasoline so ineptly that the coat burns in the grass. The racer Baltazar tragically crashes right in front of the family and dies. The races are over and the viewers disperse.

Cast

Ferdinand Krůta

otec František

Alois Vachek

invalida

Emil Iserle

strýc

Bohumil Hrabal

divák závodů

Jiří Menzel

cyklista

Jan Peck

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Květa Ondráková

Assistant Director

Zdenka Petřková, Zdenka Karlovská

Based on

Bohumil Hrabal (Smrt pana Baltisbergra – povídka ze sbírky Perlička na dně)

Shooting Script

Jiří Menzel

Script Editor

Václav Nývlt

Second Unit Photography

Miroslav Ondříček

Camera Operator

Vladimír Zajíc

Production Designer

Oldřich Bosák

Costume Designer

Marta Bártová

Make-Up Artist

František Novotný

Sound Designer

Blažej Bernard

Production Manager

František Sandr

Unit Production Manager

Ludmila Tikovská, Luděk Marold, Věra Winkelhöferová

Cooperation

Růžena Nováková, Jitka Šulcová, Eva Horázná, Bohumil Nový

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Šust

Selected Music

Bedřich Nikodem (Poustevník)

Production info

Original Title

Smrt pana Baltazara

English Title

The Death of Mr Baltazar

Working Title

Velká cena

Kategorie

Povídka

Typology

feature

Žánr

short-story

Země původu

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1965

Production Year

1965

Technical info

Versions

Czech