The Terminus

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1970

Production year

1970

Category

film

Genre

étude, horror

Typology

featurestudent

Original title

Konečná

Czech title

Konečná

English title

The Terminus

Synopsis

A man has fallen asleep on a train. Woken up by the squealing of the brakes, he realizes that he is the only passenger left on the train. He learns from a strange-looking station clerk that he has travelled an additional five stations and will have to stay in the waiting room for the night, because the station is entirely deserted and the next train only leaves on the following day. In the middle of the night, the traveller is surprised to see a woman in an evening dress asking him for a cigarette. Other people join her in the waiting room, holding glasses of wine and behaving as if they were at a party. The woman mentions the possibility of sleeping in a small room and a man wearing a white scarf adds that although the rooms are very small one becomes accustomed to them. All these people have likewise missed their stations and found themselves at the terminus... It is morning in the empty waiting room and all is quiet except for the squealing sound of a train arriving at the station. In the corner of the deserted room, the suitcases of the passenger, who the last evening missed his destination, rest next to other luggage.

Cast

Zdeněk Řehoř

cestující

Zbyněk Vaňous

nádražní zřízenec

Věra Budilová

žena s cigaretou

Olga Jiroušková

žena s bonboniérou

Josef Vinklář

muž s bílou šálou

Crew and creators

Based on

Robert Aickman (Čekárna /The Waiting Room/ – povídka)

Film Editor

Jiří Brožek

Pedagogical management

Elmar Klos (režie), Jan Kališ (kamera), Josef Dobřichovský (střih), Jiří Hanibal (odborný asistent), Radovan Lukavský

Music

Music Composed by

Josef Ceremuga

Production info

Original Title

Konečná

English Title

The Terminus

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

étude, horror

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1970

Production Year

1970

Production

Studio FAMU

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Technical info

Versions

Czech