Eduard and God

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1969

Production year

1969

Runtime

27 min

Director

Jan David

Category

film

Genre

narrative

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionstudent filmshort

Original title

Eduard a Bůh

Czech title

Eduard a Bůh

English title

Eduard and God

Synopsis

After graduating, Eduard, a young teacher, takes up a post at a school in a small town. The shy youth soon meets a charming girl, Alice. She is also fond of Eduard and the couple experiences beautiful moments together. The only problem in their relationship is Alice's strong religious feeling, which somewhat restricts their love. What is more, Eduard has to go to church with Alice. There are no secrets in a small town and Eduard is soon invited to report to the headmistress and other school officials, because it is unacceptable for a teacher in a Communist state to believe in God. Eduard admits that he is not entirely sure whether God exists or not. His sincerity catches the headmistress off guard. She decides to take Eduard's education in atheism in hand herself. She invites him to visit her and seduces him. Eduard experiences a sense of guilt, he ponders on the questions of Truth and finally comes to the conclusion that lies are necessary.

Cast

Jiří Hrzán

učitel Eduard

Slávka Budínová

ředitelka školy

Vojtěch Holý

Eduardův bratr

Commentary

Crew and creators

Director

Jan David

Based on

Milan Kundera (Eduard a Bůh – povídka ze sbírky Směšné lásky)

Screenplay

Jan David

Director of Photography

Vladimír Smutný

Film Editor

Jan Chaloupek

Sound Designer

Oldřich Tichý, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Production Manager

Karel Fiala, Zdeněk Hradec

Pedagogical management

Otakar Vávra (režie), Jan Kališ (kamera), Emil Havlín (produkce)

Music

Music Composed by

Rudolf Rokl

Music Performed by

trio Rudolfa Rokla,

Songs

Čekej tiše

Songwriter Audrey AllisonJoe Allison
Writer of Lyrics Jiří Grossmann
Singer Eva Olmerová

Production info

Original Title

Eduard a Bůh

Czech Title

Eduard a Bůh

English Title

Eduard and God

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionstudent film

Genre

narrative

Student film

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1969

Production Year

1969

Production

Studio FAMU

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Technical info

Duration typology

short film

Duration in minutes

27 min

Original length in metres

758 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Versions

Czech