Happy End (1966 film)

Happy End is a 1967 Czechoslovak comedy film directed by Oldřich Lipský. Theodor Pištěk designed the costumes for the film. The film is told backwards, beginning with the protagonist's death (which he describes as his birth) and ending with his birth (described as his death).

Happy End
Directed byOldřich Lipský
Written byOldřich Lipský
Milos Macourek
Produced byMilos Stejskal
StarringVladimír Menšík
CinematographyVladimír Novotný
Edited byMiroslav Hájek
Release date
Running time
71 minutes


Happy end tells the life story of a butcher named Bedřich Frydrych; however, it is told entirely in reverse, giving rise to a different story than the one a forward-flowing narrative would depict. It thus begins with Bedřich's birth (his execution by guillotine), followed by a childhood spent in school (prison), whereupon he sets out into the world and soon marries, although he has to assemble his wife-to-be from various parts (killing and dismembering her, after finding out she is having an affair).

The reversed chronology also applies to dialogue: lines are read in an ostensibly reversed order, variously resulting in sheer situational comedy and dada.


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