Jára Cimrman, Lying Asleep

“The greatest world writer, inventor, artist, physicist, skier, and philosopher in the last 100 years was the Czech giant Jára Cimrman. We can argue about it, we can disagree, but that is all we can do against it.”

Jára Cimrman, ležící, spící
Czechoslovakia 1983
82 min.
Přístupný
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Prague’s Jára Cimrman Theatre made an impact on the big screen in the 1980s via three films: the crime comedy Rozpuštěný a vypuštěný (Dissolved and Discharged) (1984); Nejistá sezóna (Uncertain Season) (1987), a tragicomedy about a theatre company; and the mock biopic Jára Cimrman ležící, spící (Jára Cimrman, Lying Asleep) (1983). The unplanned “trilogy” presents a thoroughgoing testimony to the singular Czech phenomenon of the fictional ingenious Renaissance man Cimrman, his work and his creators. Zdeněk Svěrák and Ladislav Smoljak’s brilliant comedy reveals the life story of an unjustly forgotten genius, uncovers his achievements and places the protagonist in historical situations.

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Directed by: Ladislav Smoljak
Screenplay: Ladislav Smoljak, Zdeněk Svěrák
Camera: Richard Valenta
Music: Petr Skoumal
Editing: Jiří Brožek
Design: Jiří Matolín
Actors: Zdeněk Svěrák, Valerie Kaplanová, Josef Abrhám, Libuše Šafránková, Marie Drahokoupilová, Vladimír Svitáček, Jaroslav Vozáb, Petr Kostka
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