End of a Priest


1h 38m 1970

Brief Synopsis

A sexton, mischieviously dressed as a priest, arrives in a small town and is quickly mistaken for the real thing.

Film Details

Also Known As
Faráruv konec
Release Date
Jan 1970
Premiere Information
New York opening: 16 Apr 1970
Production Company
Barrandov Film Studio
Distribution Company
Grove Press
Country
Czechoslovakia
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Faráruv konec by Josef ¿kvorecký (Prerov, 1969).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 38m

Synopsis

In rural Czechoslovakia the former sexton of the Prague cathedral impersonates a priest with great success. His popularity infuriates the town's atheistic schoolmaster, a pompous Communist, who determines to undermine the false priest by surprising him in the company of Majka, the local slut. The sexton, however, is warned of the plan by his loyal disciple, the village idiot Tonik. The haystack that is to be the scene of their assignation catches fire, and a hobo hiding inside burns to death. The sexton is subsequently unmasked by two bishops. Alerted to the sexton's subversion by the schoolmaster, the police attempt to arrest him during Sunday mass. The impostor scurries to the churchtop and falls to his death.

Film Details

Also Known As
Faráruv konec
Release Date
Jan 1970
Premiere Information
New York opening: 16 Apr 1970
Production Company
Barrandov Film Studio
Distribution Company
Grove Press
Country
Czechoslovakia
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Faráruv konec by Josef ¿kvorecký (Prerov, 1969).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 38m

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Produced in Czechoslovakia in 1969 as Faráruv konec; Cannes Film Festival running time: 97 min.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1968

Released in United States 1990

Released in United States 1995

Shown at Public Theater, New York City in the series "The Banned and the Beautiful: A Survey of Czech Filmmaking 1963-1990" June 15-July 5, 1990.

Film was banned by Czechoslovakian government after Warsaw Pact invasion in 1968.

Released in United States 1968

Released in United States 1990 (Shown at Public Theater, New York City in the series "The Banned and the Beautiful: A Survey of Czech Filmmaking 1963-1990" June 15-July 5, 1990.)

Released in United States 1995 (Shown at AFI/Los Angeles International Film Festival (45/95 Film Series - Czech Literature in Czech Film) October 19 - November 2, 1995.)