The Garden

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1968

Production year

1968

Premiere

6 December 1968

Runtime

16 min

Category

film

Genre

slapstick

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionshort

Original title

Zahrada

Czech title

Zahrada

English title

The Garden

Working title

Živý plot

Synopsis

Mr Pepík, a jovial man, takes his friend František to visit his villa. Upon their arrival, František is more than surprised - instead of a regular fence, the house is surrounded by a line of people holding hands. To allow the car to approach the house, some of the people shift aside in the same way as a garden gate opens. Pepík prides himself on his garden and his rabbits as well as on his compost. Only upon František's insistent questioning he is willing to reply that he simply got himself a live fence and the people standing in it are just volunteers and he has something on everybody of them. From time to time, Pepík strictly reprimands some of the men in the line who seem to misbehave. Also, he says, he has found out that it is good to replace some parts of the chain for another - for example, to put an engineer between two butchers and vice versa. Well, indeed, everything must be done with love. Before Pepík's wife even has prepared coffee, František has found his place in the fence chain, firmly grasping the hands of those next to him. Pepík only lightly runs a brush through his hair.

Cast

Jiří Hálek

František

Míla Myslíková

Maruš, Pepíkova žena

František Husák

muž v gumovém plášti

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Jaroslav Toms

Screenstory

Ivan Kraus

Based on

Ivan Kraus (Živý plot – povídka)

Dramaturg

Jiří Gold

Director of Photography

Svatopluk Malý

Film Editor

Milada Sádková

Sound Designer

Jan Kindermann

Production Manager

Josef Soukup

Production info

Original Title

Zahrada

Czech Title

Zahrada

English Title

The Garden

Working Title

Živý plot

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

slapstick

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1968

Production Year

1968

Production specifications

projection approval 23 March 1968

Premiere

premiere 7 November 1968 /unsuitable for youths/ (kino Hvězda /1 týden/, Praha)
premiere 6 December 1968 /unsuitable for youths/ (celostátní)

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Technical info

Duration typology

short film

Duration in minutes

16 min

Original length in metres

460 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 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