Good Morning, Town!

Jiří Hanibal, 1976



Director Jiří Hanibal is primarily known for his children’s films. Though a lesser-known work, Dobrý den město (Good Morning, Town!) is a worthy 1976 film that tells the story of a group of residents of the city of Kladno. The metropolis of Czechoslovakia’s industrial iron production industry serves as a perfect mid-70s backdrop for an ideologically “correct” tale of ordinary working class folk. Hanibal and screenwriter Tomáš Tintěra offer up four central protagonists spanning several generations. These include a young driver and soon-to-be father; a divorced single father bringing up an 11-year-old son; a foreman at the local iron mill going into retirement; and an elderly couple about to move into an apartment block. While the individual stories naturally conform to the ideological message sought by those in charge of the country’s cinema output, nonetheless a rare document of life in Kladno is unwittingly presented, showcasing the plight of an industrial town hit hard by pollution and the degradation of human individuality. The haunting music score by Luboš Fišer offers a distinct contrast to the outwardly positive stories portrayed on the screen.
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About a film

film_production_year 1976
film_countries Czechoslovakia
film_genres narrative
film_form feature
film_duration 77 min
film_director Jiří Hanibal
film_cast Alois Švehlík, Marie Málková, Petr Starý, Jaroslav Moučka, Věra Tichánková, Antonín Procházka
film_director_of_photography Josef Vaniš
film_screenplay Tomáš Tintěra, Jiří Hanibal
film_film_editor Zdeněk Stehlík
film_production_designer Jiří Hlupý
film_music_composed_by Luboš Fišer
film_sound_designer Roman Hloch