The Poet

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1973

Production year

1972—1973

Runtime

19 min

Category

povídka

Genre

short-story

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionshort

Original title

Básník

Czech title

Básník

English title

The Poet

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

Jan Kraus

mladík u hracího automatu

Jaroslav Kůrka

zedník

František Pohanka

číšník

Karel Longa

číšník

Jiří Michálek

zámečník

Jiří Holeček

elektrikář

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Ondřej Friedl

Assistant Director

Vilém Kijonka

Script Supervisor

Luďka Mužíková

Screenstory

Vladimír Kalina

Script Editor

Karel Štorkán

Director of Photography

Miloš Petrolín

Second Unit Photography

Josef Pechar

Camera Operator

Emil Hora

Production Designer

Jindřich Goetz

Assistent Production Designer

Rudolf Stahl nejml.

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 (klapka), Ivan Minář (fotograf), Vilemína Binterová

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Šust

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by František Belfín)

Songs

Cestička k Mayrovce

Songwriter František Cajthaml

Kávu si osladím

Songwriter Ladislav Štaidl
Writer of Lyrics Jiří Štaidl
Singer Karel Gott

Rozkvetlý den

Songwriter Radim Drejsl

Poutník

Songwriter Karel Svoboda
Writer of Lyrics Zdeněk Rytíř
Singer Karel Gott

Production info

Original Title

Básník

Czech Title

Básník

English Title

The Poet

Category

povídka

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

short-story

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1973

Production Year

1972—1973

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 10 July 1972
start of filming 24 July 1972
technical Screenplay approved 30 January 1973
end of filming 20 April 1973

Creative Group

Dramaturgická skupina Oty Hofmana, Ota Hofman (vedoucí dramaturgické skupiny), Výrobní skupina Věry Kadlecové, Věra Kadlecová (vedoucí výrobní skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

short film

Duration in minutes

19 min

Original length in metres

540 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,66

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech