The Hall of Lost Steps

  • Czech Republic 
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Jaromil Jireš made this suggestive and highly topical film about the risk of nuclear war while he was still a student at the Prague Film School (FAMU). A collage of authentic footage combines anonymous faces from war zones with those from an average train station hall, where small stories of everyday life play out. This simple gesture invites the viewer to consider what would happen in all such mundane places, if a routine nuclear drill turned out to be a real attack. The juxtaposition of black and white with color film is used to great effect when a scared girl imagines what would happen to the world if a mushroom cloud were to suddenly appear on the horizon.


  • Original title
    Sál ztracených kroků
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Jaromil Jireš
  • Cast
    Ladislava Nováková, Petr Trnka
  • DOP
    Jaromil Jireš
  • Editing
    Ludvík Pavlíček
  • Music
    Jiří Srnec
  • Duration
    12 min (1-15 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Czech Republic
  • Colour
    • Black & White
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