How to Get Rid of Helen

Václav Gajer, 1967

Film at Filmový přehled


Ilona Borská’s story Vdovec po snu provided screenwriter Zdeněk Mahler with the basis for a tragicomedy about relationships in which an innocent joke degenerates into black-humoured drama. The narrative’s protagonist is Petříček, a radio announcer with a velvety voice. Colleagues fabricate the character of Helena, who is presented as a sensitive admirer. Petříček’s spirited, emancipated colleague Viki is behind supposed phone calls and letters from Helena. The joke, taken to the extreme, naturally affects Viki too – and almost destroys the ageing, lonely broadcaster... Despite the dramatically overdone ending, director Vaclav Gajer’s motion picture primarily delivers internally harmonised, precise acting. The main roles are taken by Václav Voska and Jiřina Jirásková. She is particularly excellent when it comes to the sophisticated dialogues in the fake calls made to Petříček.
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About a film

Production year 1967
Countries Czechoslovakia
Categories film
Genres tragicomedy
Form feature
Duration 74 min
Director Václav Gajer
Cast Václav Voska, Jiřina Jirásková, Eduard Cupák, Consuela Morávková, Hana Brejchová, Josef Kemr
Director of photography Jaroslav Tuzar
Screenplay Zdeněk Mahler
Editor Zdeněk Stehlík
Production designer Vladimír Labský
Music Luboš Fišer
Sound designer Jiří Kejř