Scene from the film Black Peter
Scene from the film Black Peter
Scene from the film Black Peter
Scene from the film Black Peter
Scene from the film Black Peter

Black Peter

  • Czech Republic
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A tragicomedy about a 16-year-old young man who encounters the hypocrisy of the adult world during his first job at a small supermarket. This dazzling debut feature film from noted director Miloš Forman also represents a key work of the Czechoslovak New Wave era. In 1963, the then 31-year-old Forman unveiled this loosely structured personal tale, which also serves as a piercing study of the generation gap. Petr starts working behind the till in a small town supermarket; but his real task is to watch for potential shoplifters. At the same time, Petr is also under pressure from his well-meaning, but imperceptive father. Petr doesn’t even feel at ease among his own contemporaries. The authenticity of this timeless film, shot in the town of Kolín, is aided by several non-actor “discoveries” by Forman – namely Ladislav Jakim as Petr and Jan Vostrčil as a band member. Černý Petr (Black Peter) also sees a breakout performance by the then 21-year-old (but already experienced) actor Vladimír Pucholt, who would become a major performer of choice for the New Wave crowd.

The film was digitally restored in 2017.

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  • Original Title
    Černý Petr
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Jaroslav Papoušek, Miloš Forman
  • Cast
    Ladislav Jakim, Pavla Martínková, Jan Vostrčil, Vladimír Pucholt, Pavel Sedláček, Zdeněk Kulhánek, František Kosina
  • Cinematography
    Jan Němeček
  • Editing
    Miloslav Hájek
  • Music
    Jiří Šlitr
  • Sound
    Adolf Böhm
  • Runtime
    90 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Czech Republic
  • Format
    • Black & White
  • Distribution
  • Awards
    • Locarno International Film Festival, Switzerland, 1964 - BEST FEATURE FILM
    • Jussi Awards, Finland, 1967 - BEST FOREIGN DIRECTOR is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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