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Happy End (1966 film)

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Director  Oldrich Lipsky
Country  Czechoslovakia
8/10 IMDb

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Language  Czech
Happy End (1966 film) movie poster

Release date  1966
Writer  Oldrich Lipsky (screenplay), Oldrich Lipsky (story), Milos Macourek (screenplay), Milos Macourek (story)

Happy End is a 1966 Czechoslovak comedy film directed by Oldřich Lipský. Theodor Pištěk designed the costumes for the film. The film is told backwards, beginning with the protagonist's death (which he describes as his birth) and ending with his birth (described as his death).

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Plot

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Happy end tells the life story of a butcher named Bedřich Frydrych; however, it is told entirely in reverse, giving rise to a different story than the one a forward-flowing narrative would depict. It thus begins with Bedřich's birth (his execution by guillotine), followed by a childhood spent in school (prison), whereupon he sets out into the world and soon marries, although he has to assemble his wife-to-be from various parts (killing and dismembering her, after finding out she is having an affair).

Happy End (1966 film) HAPPY END 1966 Man dismembers corpse Gory Film show in reverse

The reversed chronology also applies to dialogue: lines are read in an ostensibly reversed order, variously resulting in sheer situational comedy and dada.

Cast

  • Vladimír Menšík - Butcher Bedřich Frydrych
  • Jaroslava Obermaierová - Julie
  • Josef Abrhám - Ptáček
  • Bohuš Záhorský - Father-in-law
  • Stella Zázvorková - Mother-in-law
  • Jaroslav Štercl - Constable
  • Helena Růžičková - Brunette
  • Josef Hlinomaz - Commissioner
  • Martin Růžek - Prosecutor
  • Jiří Steimar
  • Bedřich Prokos - Priest
  • Mirko Musil - Warden
  • References

    Happy End (1966 film) Wikipedia
    Happy End (1966 film) IMDb Happy End (1966 film) themoviedb.org