Sick White Elephant

Karel Smyczek, 1989

Film at Filmový přehled


Karel Smyczek's unjustly forgotten film shares the fate of those projects that were realised before the Velvet Revolution but only reached the audience after November 1989. For its time, the comedy The Sick White Elephant was a bold undertaking, but after the fall of communism it has faded into obscurity as a work that criticized the former regime only with cautious distance. The protagonists of the allegorical narrative are a husband and wife who decide to start a new life after their adult daughter leaves home. Marie would like to move out of Prague, but Konrád (Oldřich Navrátil) just needs to start running, following the example of men suffering from a midlife crisis. In addition, he accepts a job as director of a cultural house, which has not even been completed yet. Due to the differing opinions of various interested parties, all of Konrád's efforts fail. The house - like a sick white elephant - is unable to exist.
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About a film

Production year 1989
Countries Czechoslovakia
Categories film
Genres satire
Form feature
Duration 98 min
Director Karel Smyczek
Cast Oldřich Navrátil, Miloslav Štibich, Marie Durnová, Simona Stašová, Bořík Procházka, Jaroslav Sypal
Director of photography Ivan Šlapeta
Screenplay Ivan Bednář, Mirko Halm, Karel Smyczek
Editor Zdenek Patočka
Production designer Boris Halmi
Artist Konstantin Galas, Marie Uchytilová
Music Michal Pavlíček
Sound designer Václav Vondráček, Jitka Zvirocká