A Boring Afternoon

  • Czech Republic
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Ivan Passer, a close associate of Miloš Forman, had a very successful feature debut in 1965 with Intimní osvětlení (Intimate Lighting). In his adaptation of the story of the same name from Hrabal’s collection of short stories Perličky na dně (Pearls of the Deep), he depicts the outwardly sleepy summer atmosphere of a suburban pub. The protagonists are individual guests who interact with each other – either consciously or because they find themselves together in the same time and space. An arrogant young man provoking the irritable innkeeper, a foursome of card players, an ex-footballer with a saucepan of sauerkraut, and an elegant woman walking the streets – these are all drawn into the action, which is given momentum by a game of football taking place nearby. The lost Sunday match, which passing fans enjoyed with a swagger, is an echo of collective futility: the wishes and desires of the individual characters are more like something from a summer dream looking toward the past than an impetus for action… In A Boring Afternoon, Ivan Passer proves himself to be a master of meaningless pauses and unspoken sentences that lay bare the existential timelessness of human existence with laconic kindness. The author of the original story and co-screenwriter Bohumil Hrabal appeared as one of the unnamed bar patrons in this film shot by the cinematographer Jaroslav Kučera.

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  • Original Title
    Fádní odpoledne
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Bohumil Hrabal, Ivan Passer
  • Cast
    Jan Tožička, Kamila Turková, Leopold Smolík, Miloš Končický, Josef Vaništa, Ota Hurych, Bohumil Hrabal
  • Cinematography
    Jaroslav Kučera, Miroslav Ondříček
  • Editing
    Miroslav Hájek
  • Sound
    Blažej Bernard
  • Runtime
    15 min (1-15 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Czech Republic
  • Format
    • Black & White
  • Distribution

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