Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
Original title: Lasky Jedne Plavovlasky
Czechoslovakia, 1965. CBK, Filmové studio Barrandov, Sebor. Story by Milos Forman, Jaroslav Papousek, Ivan Passer, Screenplay by Milos Forman, Jaroslav Papousek, Ivan Passer, Vaclav Sasek. Cinematography by Miroslav Ondricek. Produced by Doro Vlado Hreljanovic, Rudolf Hajek. Music by Evzen Illin. Production Design by Karel Cerny. Costume Design by Zdena Snajdarova. Film Editing by Miroslav Hajek.
Deceptively simple charmer that takes place in a Czech factory town, where the women outnumber the men sixteen to one. The army has even placed a regiment in the area to help out with the situation, but lovely young Andula isn’t taken by any of them; instead, at the social mixer she attends with her girlfriend she gets picked up by a rogue of a pianist who seduces her and then goes back to Prague. She, being young and impressionable, follows him there and experiences the hilarity of his bickering parents. Shot beautifully in black and white by Miroslav Ondricek, this was celebrated director Milos Forman’s first international success, a witty, wise film that never overstates itself but captures the sad loss of innocence that comes to us all with startling poignancy.
The Criterion Collection: #144
Academy Award Nomination: Best Foreign Language Film
Golden Globe Award Nomination: Best Foreign-Language Foreign Film