Joseph Kilian

Pavel Juráček, Jan Schmidt, 1963

Film at Filmový přehled


“In one word, describe the difference between man and animal.” “Reason?” “No! Discipline!” The allegorical motion picture, Joseph Kilian, rousingly exposes how human obsession with order leaves him sour and dull. The central character, a man who, having leased a feline companion for a single day, laboriously tries to return him the next to avoid a fine and in the process, experiences endless drama. The rental shop is nowhere to be found so the man, with the cat in his briefcase, treads through a labyrinth of hallways, waiting rooms and offices, finally growing accustomed to his burden. Joseph Kilian is a middle length film shot by the creators in perfect Kafkaesque style. Kafka has been back in fashion for some time in Czechoslovakia; it is of great significance that he has been reevaluated in his homeland […] Everything is narrated in an entertaining manner with humor that penetrates through the images. Postava k podpírání is one of the most successful films we have seen in some time. [“Křik”, “O něčem jiném”, “Postava k podpírání” in the Italian Press. Czechoslovakian Cinematographey in the Light of the Foreign Press.1964, no. 9, pg. 21.]
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About a film

Production year 1963
Countries Czechoslovakia
Categories film
Genres absurd, allegory
Form feature
Duration 38 min
Director Pavel Juráček, Jan Schmidt
Cast Karel Vašíček, Consuela Morávková, Ivan Růžička, Pavel Bártl, Jiří Stivín
Director of photography Jan Čuřík
Screenplay Pavel Juráček, Jan Schmidt
Editor Zdeněk Stehlík
Production designer Oldřich Bosák
Music Wiliam Bukový
Sound designer Adolf Nacházel, Bohumír Brunclík