Death of a Fly

Karel Kachyňa, 1976



This 1976 psychological study of a young high school student, tinged with an environmental message, is considered to be one of the lesser films from experienced director Karel Kachyňa. Written in collaboration with Jan Otčenášek, the film tells the story of teenager Milan, who compensates for his shyness around girls (especially classmate Magdaléna) by taking photographs. Inspired by class-teacher Votruba, Milan documents the environmental crimes of a local functionary. But Honza has to face a bigger issue than the evil injustices around him – a phobia of flies from which he has suffered since childhood. Self-confident love rival Honza decides to uses this phobia as a weapon against Milan…. The talented actor Luboš Knytl stars in what was his only feature-film role. Jaroslav Satoranský plays a progressive high school teacher.
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About a film

film_production_year 1976
film_countries Czechoslovakia
film_genres psychological
film_form feature
film_duration 86 min
film_director Karel Kachyňa
film_cast Luboš Knytl, Jana Pehrová, Miroslava Šafránková, Otakar Brousek ml., Libuše Švormová, Josef Somr
film_director_of_photography Jaroslav Kučera
film_screenplay Pavel Blumenfeld, Jan Otčenášek, Jana Štroblová, Karel Kachyňa
film_film_editor Miroslav Hájek
film_production_designer Karel Vacek
film_music_composed_by Zdeněk Liška
film_sound_designer Miloslav Hůrka