Squandered Sunday (Zabitá neděle)

Squandered Sunday
Program section: Czechoslovak Noir
Directed by: Drahomíra Vihanová
Year: 1969 (1990)
Country: Czechoslovakia
Length: 78 min.
Cast: Ivan Palúch, Míla Myslíková, Otakar Žebrák, Petr Skarke, Irena Boleslavská


  • 24. 8. 2023 | 11:30 - innogy Hall
  • 27. 8. 2023 | 11:30 - innogy Hall

The feature debut of director Drahomíra Vihanová, Squandered Sunday, was filmed in the fortress town of Josefov in the presence of Soviet soldiers, at a very fast pace in order to be completed. However, at the end of 1969, the film was banned and shelved. The adaptation of Jiří Křenek’s short story about a day in the life of Lieutenant Arnošt was not released until 1990. The suggestive atmosphere of hopelessness and the protagonist’s feelings of despair are illustrated by a visual style sharply divided into black and white. Filming took place at high noon to minimize shadows, and the film was shot without sound, which was supplied in post-production. The flashbacks and fantasy sequences are distinguished by the stylised sound, one of a number of remarkable aspects of this unjustly neglected gem of the Czechoslovak New Wave.

Veronika Zýková


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