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The White Dove (1960)

Holubice (original title)
A poetic film about a dove getting lost on its way to Prague getting shot down by a paralyzed boy. An artist who finds the dove becomes friends with the boy. Together they take care of it bringing it back to recovery.

Director:

Frantisek Vlácil

Writers:

Otakar Kirchner (story "Susanne"), Frantisek Vlácil
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Cast

Cast overview:
Katerina Irmanovová Katerina Irmanovová ... Susanne
Karel Smyczek ... Michal
Vjaceslav Irmanov ... malír Martin
Gustav Püttjer Gustav Püttjer ... Kohouti starik
Hans-Peter Reinecke ... Ulli
Frantisek Kovárík ... Starý pán
Ladislav Fialka Ladislav Fialka ... Sasek
Jirí Patocka Jirí Patocka ... Francouzský delník
Karl Gärtner Karl Gärtner
Vladimir Erlebach Vladimir Erlebach ... Pierre
Anna Pitasová Anna Pitasová ... Michalova matka
Petr Kocanda Petr Kocanda ... Dvojce
Pavel Kocanda Pavel Kocanda ... Dvojce
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A poetic film about a dove getting lost on its way to Prague getting shot down by a paralyzed boy. An artist who finds the dove becomes friends with the boy. Together they take care of it bringing it back to recovery.

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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech | German | French

Release Date:

4 November 1960 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

Also Known As:

Bílá holubice See more »

Filming Locations:

Prague, Czech Republic

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Sound Mix:

Mono
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Enchanting
30 October 2004 | by butterfingerSee all my reviews

The White Dove, by Frantisek Vlacil is a film that deserves to be remembered in spite of its occasional sloppiness. It is about a young boy (Karel Smyczek) and his quest for his freedom and his identity. Here we have a triumph of images rather than of acting or story. The visual metaphors are blunt, but they are beautiful, so who cares? We have a head made of clay that has its face ripped off (the loss of one's identity), we have fingerprints that grow into flowers (the delicacy of identity), we have our main character climbing to the top of the fence surrounding his school, escaping his vicious classmates (the struggle for freedom). The Four Hundred Blows may be wonderful, but its many plot device characters take away the film's riveting effect after many viewings; The White Dove's purely emotional rapture takes the long road around conventional plot clichés and finds a place in a quiet little corner of our hearts.


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