Black Peter

Miloš Forman, 1963

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A tragicomedy about a 16-year-old young man who encounters the hypocrisy of the adult world during his first job at a small supermarket. This dazzling debut feature film from noted director Miloš Forman also represents a key work of the Czechoslovak New Wave era. In 1963, the then 31-year-old Forman unveiled this loosely structured personal tale, which also serves as a piercing study of the generation gap. Petr starts working behind the till in a small town supermarket; but his real task is to watch for potential shoplifters. At the same time, Petr is also under pressure from his well-meaning, but imperceptive father. Petr doesn’t even feel at ease among his own contemporaries. The authenticity of this timeless film, shot in the town of Kolín, is aided by several non-actor “discoveries” by Forman – namely Ladislav Jakim as Petr and Jan Vostrčil as a band member. Černý Petr (Black Peter) also sees a breakout performance by the then 21-year-old (but already experienced) actor Vladimír Pucholt, who would become a major performer of choice for the New Wave crowd.
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About a film

Production year 1963
Countries Czechoslovakia
Categories film
Genres comedy
Form feature
Duration 89 min
Director Miloš Forman
Cast Ladislav Jakim, Pavla Martínková, Jan Vostrčil, Vladimír Pucholt, Pavel Sedláček
Director of photography Jan Němeček
Screenplay Jaroslav Papoušek, Miloš Forman
Editor Miroslav Hájek
Production designer Karel Černý
Music Jiří Šlitr
Sound designer Adolf Böhm, Bohumír Brunclík


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