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Happy End (1967)

A dark comedy about a murder and its consequences presented in a backwards manner, where death is actually a rebirth. The film starts with an "execution" of the main protagonist and goes ... See full summary »

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Oldrich Lipský

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Oldrich Lipský (screenplay), Oldrich Lipský (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Vladimír Mensík ... Butcher Bedrich Frydrych
Jaroslava Obermaierová ... Julie
Josef Abrhám ... Ptacek
Bohus Záhorský ... Tchán
Stella Zázvorková ... Tchyné
Jaroslav Stercl ... Strázník
Helena Ruzicková ... Cernovláska
Josef Hlinomaz ... Komisar
Martin Ruzek ... Zalobce
Jirí Steimar Jirí Steimar
Bedrich Prokos ... Knéz
Mirko Musil ... Dozorce
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lena Birková Lena Birková ... Zajícová
Ilona Bradácová Ilona Bradácová ... Svagrová
Lubomír Bryg Lubomír Bryg ... Pokládnik
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A dark comedy about a murder and its consequences presented in a backwards manner, where death is actually a rebirth. The film starts with an "execution" of the main protagonist and goes back to explore his previous actions and motivations. Written by suab

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Comedy | Crime

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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

10 June 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Final Feliz See more »

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Filmové studio Barrandov See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

Just before the wedding scene, Bedrich and Julia wake up with the former wearing a white shirt and black pants while Julia is topless. This is way different compared to what they wore the day 'after' - Bedrich and Julia are clad in their night clothes. There is also no indication of any days passing between that and the honeymoon. See more »

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After this, you got to think backwards...
19 May 2016 | by rodrig58See all my reviews

"On behalf of the republic, we cut your head!" That's how Dne Yppah (read it backwards) starts. And I thought I will see one of those parodies of the communist regime, typical for the Czech, Hungarian, Polish or Yugoslavian cinema of the '60s - 70s. In those former communist countries, you could have your head cut or hanged or shot if, for example, you dared to speak bad about the communist state statutes and politics. In Romania, before 1989, many jokes circulating were about the dictatorial regime. One of them said that if you tell political jokes, you can choose yourself a self-criticism, self-police-van or a self-autopsy... In conclusion, this is not an awakening of the soul through spiritual knowledge. This is an unique, original film. Through sarcasm, Oldrich Lipský, who offered us also the western parody Lemonade Joe(1964), now makes us complicit with this Happy End (1967), a total parody of life, including birth, love, wedding, death. But everything is lived opposite, that begins with the death (execution by guillotine) and ends with birth. All the actors are impeccable and the whole film, although spoken, has the air of a comedy from the silent era of Chaplin or Buster Keaton.


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