The Sweet Spring Games

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1990

Production year

1989

Runtime

20 min

Category

film

Genre

étude

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionshort

Original title

Sladké jarní hry

Czech title

Sladké jarní hry

English title

The Sweet Spring Games

Synopsis

A bearded stocky man finishes his snack at his working table amidst a blossoming orchard. He then casts several plaster busts representing a bald and ugly man, accompanied by an endlessly repeated and worn-out song from a tape recorder. Something in the air then begins to provoke giggling laughter. A nose of one of the busts receives color, other ones get their hair painted or their eye bruised. A young girl appears in the orchard. One apple tree blossom hastily matures into a red apple. The girl disappears, but keeps reappearing. The plaster heads’ producer finds a bust of a girl in a shed. A ceramic still-life turns into a wooden one. The girl bites into an apple and then throws the fruit at the man. The man trustfully takes a bite of it, too, but his teeth painfully hit ceramics. The man gradually turns to a plaster bust which begins drowning in sherds and eventually sunks into them. An automobile which regularly distributes ceramic products leaves, still unloaded.

Note

The film contains a combination of performed and animated sequences.

Cast

Miloslav Maršálek

výrobce gypsových hlav

Milan Dvořák (2)

řidič

Crew and creators

Script Editor

Zdenka Škapová

Director of Photography

Ivan Vít

Production Designer

Michal Krška

Make-Up Artist

Dana Kohoutová

Film Editor

Jiří Brožek

Sound Designer

Jan Kacian

Production Manager

Alena Dětáková

Cooperation

Zoja Mikotová, Vladimír Novosad, Soňa Toulcová, Jaroslav Bezděk, Pavla Boučková

Music

Music Composed by

Arnošt Parsch

Songs

Poupata

Songwriter František Janeček
Writer of Lyrics Jaroslav Machek
Singer Michal David

Production info

Original Title

Sladké jarní hry

Czech Title

Sladké jarní hry

English Title

The Sweet Spring Games

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

étude

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1990

Production Year

1989

Technical info

Duration typology

short film

Duration in minutes

20 min

Original length in metres

571 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Animation technique

puppet, combined (technique)

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

colour

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech