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Loves of a Blonde (Criterion Collection) (1965)

Cast: Hana Brejchova, Hana Brejchova, Vladimir Pucholt, more...
Director: Milos Forman, Milos Forman
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Studio: Criterion
Genre: Foreign, Black Comedy, Czech, Criterion Collection
Running Time: 85 min.
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
Out in the Czech countryside, a shoe factory owner petitions the People's Army to station a division of soldiers in his town, where the women outnumber the men sixteen to one. The arrival of the troops is greeted with great excitement, but the girls in the town are disappointed to see that the men are older reservists, and not the strapping young men they'd envisioned. Still, when a band plays at the local pub, the girls show up to be ogled by the older men, many of whom are married. A trio of reservists sends a bottle of wine to Andula (Hana Brejchova), Marie (Marie Salacova), and Jana (Jana Novakova), and the girls argue over whether or not to acknowledge the gesture. But Andula catches the eye of the comparatively dashing young pianist, Milda (Vladimir Pucholt). Milda convinces Andula to go to his room, where he seduces the mildly reluctant girl. The next morning, the traveling musician assures her repeatedly, "I do not have a girlfriend in Prague." Milda leaves town, as expected, but Andula has fallen in love with him, and decides to journey to Prague to track him down. A low-key black-and-white ensemble comedy, Loves of a Blonde was cast predominantly with non-professional actors. The film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, drew a lot of attention to the "Czech New Wave," and jumpstarted the international filmmaking career of director Milos Forman (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest). ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide

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Early Forman by EAinsworth September 12, 2003 - 5:00 PM PDT
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I was hoping for a bit more with Milos Forman's name being attahced, but this is a very early work of his and it shows. I'm sure Forman wanted true to life tragedy, but along that true life he got the mundane and marginally interesting along with it. It's respectable in a no budget Eastern-European 60's movie kinda way, but it's dull.




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