Archive of films Inheritance / Dědictví aneb Kurvahošigutntág

1992, 118 min

Section: Liberated
Year: 2019

Filled with quotable scenes and biting vulgarities, The Inheritance is not just a comedy; it is above all a visionary morality tale of how money changes people and society. The best work of Věra Chytilová’s post-1989 career was remarkably ahead of its time: this tale of lowly, nouveau riche Bohuš (Boleslav Polívka) predicted much of the parasitic behaviour that cropped up after the fall of communism.


“A new era! The guest throws the waiter out!” roars the angry server at an unruly patron, who, it has just been revealed, is the restaurant’s new owner: an essentially kind-hearted fellow named Bohuš (Boleslav Polívka) who has been corrupted by sudden wealth. It was indeed a new era, one in which society, blinded by its newly acquired freedom, overlooked the rampant arrogance of the powerful, the haughtiness of the rich, the worship of luxury, and xenophobia. Chytilová’s comedy is filled with quotable scenes, but it functions primarily as a visionary morality tale on the power of money to change people and society. Time has shown us that the stylized, vulgarity-laden script, which Polívka and Chytilová wrote specifically for the actor, was a prophecy that was remarkably prescient.

Martin Horyna

About the director

Věra Chytilová (1929, Ostrava, Czechoslovakia – 2014, Prague). Selected filmography: Something Different (1963), Pearls of the Deep (1965), Daisies (1966), Fruit of Paradise (1969), The Apple Game (1976), Prefab Story (1979), Calamity (1980), Faun’s Very Late Afternoon (1983), Snowball Reaction (1988), The Inheritance (1992)


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Liberated
Director: Věra Chytilová
Screenplay: Boleslav Polívka, Věra Chytilová
Dir. of Photography: Ervín Sanders
Music: Jiří Bulis
Editor: Jan Mattlach
Art Director: Zbyněk Hloch
Producer: Jiří Ježek
Production: Space films, Polytechna
Cast: Boleslav Polívka, Miroslav Donutil, Anna Pantůčková, Jozef Kroner, Dagmar Havlová
Sales: Space Films

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