White Dove

František Vláčil, 1959

Film at Filmový přehled


František Vláčil did not direct his first feature film until 1960 at the age of 36. But as soon as the poetic Holubice (The White Dove) was released it put Vláčil’s name on the Czechoslovak and international cinema map as an artist with a strong aesthetic vision, elegant visual style, and an almost architectural approach to storytelling. A postal dove gets lost on the way from northern France to Germany. The bird serves as a vehicle for changes in the life of Prague lad Michal, confined to a wheelchair following an accident. Graphic artist Martin (Václav Irmanov) both observes and assists Michal’s physical and spiritual recovery. The message of empathy and friendship between nations personified by children is underscored by the character of young girl Susanne, who, thanks to Martin’s pictures, manages to eventually track down her missing dove. Michal is portrayed by future successful film director Karel Smyczek.
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About a film

Production year 1959
Countries Czechoslovakia
Categories film
Genres film-poem
Form feature
Duration 73 min
Director František Vláčil
Cast Kateřina Irmanovová, Karel Smyczek, Anna Pitašová, Václav Irmanov, Gustav Püttjer, Hans-Peter Reinecke
Director of photography Jan Čuřík
Screenplay František Vláčil, Otakar Kirchner, Vladimír Valenta
Editor Miroslav Hájek
Production designer Oldřich Bosák
Artist Theodor Pištěk ml., Jan Koblasa
Music Zdeněk Liška
Sound designer František Fabián