Capricious Summer (1968)

JIRI MENZEL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB Original Title: Rozmarné léto Czechoslovakia, 1968.  Filmové studio Barrandov.  Screenplay by Jirí Menzel, Václav Nývlt, dramatisation by Vladimír Kalina, Jan Libora, based on the novel by Vladislav Vancura.  Cinematography by Jaromir Sofr.   Produced by Zdenek Oves.   Music by Jirí Sust.  Production Design by Oldrich Bosak.  Costume Design…

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Closely Watched Trains (1966)

JIRI MENZEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB Original title:  Ostre Sledovane Vlaky Czechoslovakia, 1966.  Filmové studio Barrandov.  Screenplay by Bohumil Hrabal, Jiri Menzel, based on the novel by Bohumil Hrabal.  Cinematography by Jaromir Sofr.  Produced by Zdenek Oves.  Music by Jir Sust.  Production Design by Oldrich Bosak.  Costume Design by Olga Dimitrovova.  Film Editing by Jirina Lukesova.  Podcast: My Criterions.   Jiri Menzel’s Oscar winning film is…

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The Elementary School

BBBBB (out of 5) Original title:  Obecna Skola Jan Sverak’s best film is this delightful memoir of growing up in World War II Czechoslovakia. A little boy lives in his small village with his electrical engineer father and housewife mother, getting into all sorts of trouble at school with his other equally feisty classmates. When their…

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