Happy End

Happy End

Science in Pop CultureFilm
A story of a double homicide convict is not as interesting, unless narrated backwards. Directed by Oldřich Lipský, it remains the most distinctive narrative experiment of Czechoslovakian filmmaking.
The spectator is haunted not by the question of “What will happen next?”, but rather by the question of “What led to this?”. While the images and dialogues unfold from the finish, the protagonist comments on the events as if the death sentence was his birth. The story of the jealous husband Bedřich reveals unexpected possibilities of working with the flow of time in a film, generating humour, and more.
Runtime: 71 min.
Country: Czechoslovakia
Year: 1967
Direction: Oldřich Lipský
Screenplay: Oldřich Lipský, Miloš Macourek
Cast: Vladimír Menšík, Jaroslava Obermaierová, Josef Abrhám, Stella Zázvorková, Helena Růžičková
Cinematography: Vladimír Novotný
Music: Vlastimil Hála
Sound: Josef Vlček
Editing: Miroslav Hájek
Production: Filmové studio Barrandov
Sales: Národní filmový archiv