The Poet

short-story

Typology

feature

Czech title

Básník

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1973

Production year

1973

Language version

Czech

Director

Jaromír Hník

Screenplay

Vladimír Kalina, Josef Hanzlík

Screenstory

Vladimír Kalina

Synopsis

Every morning Zuzana meets Zdeněk on the way to school. The boy is unaware of anything strange in the regularity of their "chance" meetings and takes the girl's behaviour for the normal friendliness of a fellow student. One day, Zdeněk receives a letter with the royalty for the first poem he has ever published. He reads his verses at the local pub to the workers who are laying new cables in the neighbourhood. One of the workers asks Zdeněk to write a poem that would express what the worker dislikes about his girlfriend. Zdeněk's piece of writing fails and he realises how difficult it is to understand the soul of another human being. He returns home enriched by the experience. In front of his house, he meets Zuzana and realizes that love has already crossing his path.

Cast

Oldřich Kaiser

Zdeněk Janáček

Jaroslava Schallerová

Zuzana, Zdeňkova spolužačka

Tomáš Töpfer

dělník Jarda

Olga Jungová

listonoška

Josef Vondráček

dělník Fanda

Josef Šebánek

dělník Olda

Miroslav Masopust

vrchní v baru

Viktor Očásek

stařeček

Stanislav Zindulka

řidič autobusu

Milan Vyskočil

výčepní

Otto Ohnesorg

trafikant

Václav Kotva

údržbář

Jiřina Bílá

sousedka

Jan Kraus

mladík u hracího automatu

Jaroslav Kůrka

zedník

František Pohanka

číšník

Karel Longa

číšník

Jiří Michálek

zámečník

Mirko Musil

opilec

Jiří Holeček

elektrikář

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Ondřej Friedl

Assistant Director

Vilém Kijonka, Luďka Mužíková

Screenstory

Vladimír Kalina

Script Editor

Karel Štorkán

Second Unit Photography

Josef Pechar

Camera Operator

Emil Hora

Production Designer

Jindřich Goetz

Set Designer

Vladimír Mácha, Václav Kozel, Petr Hanousek

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Sound Designer

Jiří Hora

Production Manager

Jaroslav Prokop

Unit Production Manager

Vlastimil Maršálek, Jiří Holeček

Unit Production Manager

Jaroslav Smola

Cooperation

Hana Hebrová, Ivan Minář, Vilemína Binterová, Rudolf Stahl nejml.

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Šust

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Songs

Cestička k Mayrovce, Kávu si osladím, Rozkvetlý den, Poutník

Songwriter

František Cajthaml (Cestička k Mayrovce), Ladislav Štaidl (Kávu si osladím), Radim Drejsl (Rozkvetlý den), Karel Svoboda (Poutník)

Writer of Lyrics

Jiří Štaidl (Kávu si osladím), Zdeněk Rytíř (Poutník)

Singer

Karel Gott (Kávu si osladím), Karel Gott (Poutník)

Production info

Original Title

Básník

English Title

The Poet

Copyright

1973

Production Year

1973

Creative Group

Ota Hofman

Technical info

Versions

Czech