The Most Beautiful Age

The Most Beautiful Age is the directing debut of screenwriter Jaroslav Papoušek from the filmmaking trio Forman-Passer-Papoušek.

Nejkrásnější věk
Czechoslovakia 1968
76 min.
  • This film is available in the following territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

In Nejkrásnější věk, Papoušek’s favorite theme of fragile everyday life is “elevated” by its academic setting. The simple, episodic story takes place in the sculptor’s studio at the Art Academy. Vladimír Šmeral stars as the old professor whose students are learning to work with live models. First they try to portray the aged pensioner Hanzlík, who promptly falls asleep; work with the beautiful Mrs Vránová is disrupted by her jealous husband, dead set against her posing in the nude; the jovial coalman Vošta is chosen as an ideal model of an injured fighter. As an Art Academy graduate, Papoušek draws from his own experience. In form and style, the film owes much to Forman’s early films, especially Černý Petr (Black Peter, AKA Peter and Paula, 1963), which was actually based on Papoušek’s novel.

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Director: Jaroslav Papoušek
Screenplay: Jaroslav Papoušek
Cinematography: Jozef Ort-Šnep
Music: Karel Mareš
Editing: Jiřina Lukešová
Production Design: Karel Černý
Producer: Jaroslav Solnička
Cast: Hana Brejchová, Jan Stöckl, Josef Šebánek, Milada Ježková, Vladimír Šmeral, Jiří Sýkora, Ladislav Jakim, Věra Křesadlová
  • This film is available in the following territories: Czechia, Slovakia.