Great Unknown

Pavel Hobl, 1970

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Amidst director Pavel Hobl’s rich genre-themed filmography, a place was found for this anthology film, inspired by the mysterious short stories of author Iva Hercíková. The writer assisted in adapting her work for the big screen. Velká neznámá (The Great Unknown, 1970) presents three unrelated stories, linked together by the theme of mystery. In the first story, Přejetá dívka (A Girl Run over by a Car), a professor of Latin discovers why a young cyclist was destined to die. The next story, Vznášející se docent (The Senior Lecturer Rising) tells the story of the romantic yearnings of a bachelor working in a research institute. Noc v hotelu (One Night in a Hotel) tells the tale of a pair of lovers, who encounter a detective book with the laconic, ominous title Vražda (Murder)… The film boasts a number of noteworthy performers, including those of Gustav Nezval, Jiří Hrzán, Marie Málková, Jan Kačer and Nina Divíšková.
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About a film

Production year 1970
Countries Czechoslovakia
Categories short story film
Genres short-story
Form feature
Duration 85 min
Director Pavel Hobl
Cast Gustav Nezval, Marta Krásová, Andrea Čunderlíková, Alena Kreuzmannová, Jana Preissová, Jana Břežková
Director of photography Jaromír Šofr
Screenplay Iva Hercíková, Pavel Hobl
Editor Josef Dobřichovský
Production designer Bohumil Pokorný
Music Luboš Fišer
Sound designer Jiří Hora