A Magnificent Poem ...
J. Jakubisko.: “This film belongs in the Guinness Book of World Records. I began shooting it during the Prague Spring in 1968, but the communist censorship stopped it right before it was finished. I was only allowed to finish it 22 years later! During the shooting I was more and more sure of the fact that this film will be unacceptable for the censors. Therefore I focused on the aesthetics of storytelling, using symbols and double meanings. I didn’t know…
Chytilová’s team on Ceiling included Jirí Menzel, Juraj Jakubisko, Jan Klusák (music), Jirí Šlitr (music and lyrics) and Jaromír Šofr (photography). Speaking of his experiences while working on the film, Jakubisko said:
She makes a film as if she were buying a hat: a magnificent ceremony, full of elegance and feminine cleverness. And all the while she is suffering. In a little while the hat she bought doesn’t appeal to her anymore, and right there a style of storytelling emerges.
-- Peter Hames, The Czechoslovak New Wave, 2nd Edition