A Bag of Fleas

Direction
Year
1962
Country
  • Czech Republic
Duration
43min
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Věra Chytilová made her professional film debut with this 1962 fictional documentary set in the women’s boarding house of a textile factory, and told through the eyes of new apprentice Eva Gálová. The soft-spoken Moravian gradually gets to know her flatmates. She forms the closest relationship with Jana, who has discipline problems, and eventually receives a one-month ultimatum from the works council to improve her conduct. As part of the film’s experimental narrative structure, Eva remains invisible to the viewer – she does not step before the camera, and does not communicate with the protagonists of the story; but she does comment on events via internal monologues (this “invisible” figure was dubbed by Helga Čočková). The original, socially relevant story utilises a subjective cinéma vérité style courtesy of lighting cameraman Jaromír Šofra, coupled with an edgy, unsentimental, modernist script from writer-director Chytilová.

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  • Original title
    Pytel blech
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Věra Chytilová
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Jaromír Šofr
  • Music
    Jan Klusák
  • Sound
    Gustav Houdek, Jan Kindermann
  • Duration
    43 min (31-45 min.)
  • Year
    1962
  • Country
    • Czech Republic
  • Colour
    • Black & White
  • Distribution
      • Národní filmový archiv
      • Malešická 12
      • 130 00 Praha 3
      • Czech Republic
      • web: http://www.nfa.cz/
      • tel: +420 271 770 500
      • fax: +420 271 770 501
      • e-mail: nfa@nfa.cz
  • Awards
    • Main Prize, 4th Days of Short Films festival at Karlovy Vary
    • Umělecká soutěž k 20. výročí osvobození Československa

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