Romance for Bugle

Synopsis: A lyrical story about first love, death and disappointment, based on a poem of the same title.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Otakar Vávra
  1 win & 1 nomination.
86 min

[singing with an accordion]

Burry me

At the Oujezd graveyard

Burry me

At the Oujezd graveyard

There lies and shall lie

Everyone from us

There lies and shall lie...

One more, sir director?

- No, I'll pay.

- Eight korunas.

- I'm not saying now

- Thanks.

I'm not saying in a month

I'm not saying in ten

neither in twenty years

[an accordion playing]

[a bugle playing]

[a bugle playing]

- You're not Victor?

- Do you know me?

I'm Vojta.


I see.

You can't remember me,

it's been a long time.

What about Terina?

I see...

It's you!

I haven't seen you, man,

since that time.

- What do you do anyway?

- I teach.

- But it's only my first year here.

- I see.

- Where is she?

- Whom?

Well... Terina.


Let's go to her.

[bells ringing]


- So that my wife... understand?

- Don't wake up her for me.

Well, I won't.

Where are we going?

[a harvester noise]

Get down!

- Who is it?

- We want the key! What for?

Come, don't be nuts.

Sleep, wife, they're drunken.

Mind your own business!

- We want to see Terezia Landova!

- Come in the morning!

- We'll be long gone then.

- I see, you are the...

Yes, the comedians.

Don't you remember?

- Yes, I've got it all written in the book...

- Well.

I've lent her dad clothes

for the burial.

But she's not lying here

for two years now.

Someone else bought the place.

- And they've made a proper

grave from it. - How come?

- Did she die?

- Where did you put her?

Her? What's left of her?

Come, we'll go there!

[music playing]

What's left of her?

[music playing]


[music playing]

[distant dogs' barking]

[bugle playing]

[music playing...]

[... music playing]

[fair music playing]

Boys and girls,

it's flying here, it's buzzing!

Up, please,

on to our creature!

Who likes laughing, come with us!

Don't hesitate,

sit on the marry-go-round!

Every traveller fasten your

seat belts, so that he's not going to eject.

We'll go there and back,

we'll be back in two feasts!

We'll go to America,

for plum dumplings!

We're waiting on Minjapur!

We're waiting just for you!

You're late tonight.

Don't you want a ride?

Why not.

[street organ playing]

You're late tonight.

Don't you want a ride?

[laugh] You're a piece of man.

- On the lawn, Tonka?

- On the nettles.

- Don't be nuts.

- [laugh]

Home, we've got to go home.

Right away, daddy.

He didn't wake up.

Don't move away from him!

Go for a lunch to your aunt.

I know.

Are you reading or learning?

- Hm, I'm learning.

- Don't hm me!

Do you know how much does it cost?

- There are holidays.

- I know.

I've been looking

for you twice in Prague.

At school.

And I've never found you,

it's getting weird.

What are you talking about?

I'll be back on saturday,

we'll speak then.

[distant female voices]

- Good morning, Marenka.

- Good morning.

- How did you sleep?

- Good.

Where were you, girls?

- Shall we go home, mr. Berka?

- Yeah, we're going.

Won't I be cold?


Here's your scarf.

I'm only affraid of a flood.

Don't be, there won't be any.

Show me your leg.

Won't you leave me


The other one...

Shall we go home?

You know that we will.

[clocks beating]

I don't want it for free, mr. Berka,

I've got something on an account book.

But I don't have it with myself,

I've got it at home.

I'll wait with it.

Get up, I'll put your coat on.

You're so nice, I've always

returned money to everyone.

I know that.

A second sleeve.



Maybe we won't need a boatman.

The river could freeze up.

We'll see about that.

It's been freezing all night.

I couldn't sleep from the cold.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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