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The Loves of a Blonde (1965)

Lásky jedné plavovlásky (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance, Drama | 26 October 1966 (USA)
A factory manager in rural Czechoslovakia bargains with the army to send men to the area, to boost the morale of his young female workers, deprived of male company since the local boys have... See full summary »

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A factory manager in rural Czechoslovakia bargains with the army to send men to the area, to boost the morale of his young female workers, deprived of male company since the local boys have been conscripted. The army sends reservists, mostly married middle-aged men - and the local beauty Andula, spurns those bold enough to try to win her, for the jazz pianist, newly come from Prague to perform. He seduces her and impresses her, telling her "most women are round, like guitars but you are a guitar by Picasso". Staying the night with him causes a lecture on a young woman's honour at her hostel so she throws over her other suitors and makes her way to Prague to find the young man. His protective Mamma and weary Pappa are not pleased when she arrives on the doorstep with her suitcase. Written by MK

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There are a number of cuts of this film, and it is impossible to know which one you are buying. The version in theatrical release in the US contained a sequence wherein Milda, the pianist, is tricked by a girl into climbing through a window into the bedroom of another couple, thinking he'll find her waiting for him. A version on videotape available in the US for many years cuts that sequence. The Czech DVD available now cuts that sequence and also cuts a sequence in which Milda tries to teach self-defense methods to Andulka in his room when they first meet in Zruc. See more »

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[from subtitles file]
Andula: [naked, reluctant to have sex with Milda] But I don't trust you.
[a short time later, while having sex with Milda]
Andula: I do trust you. I've never trusted anyone so much before.
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LOVES OF A BLONDE (Milos Forman, 1965) ***
28 June 2006 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

This is the second of Forman's Czech films I've watched after the other Criterion release, THE FIREMAN'S BALL (1967) - though that was via a late-night Italian TV broadcast some years ago; these two films constitute his most celebrated work from this early phase in his career.

While a pleasant and sharply-observed comedy-drama in itself, which must have seemed fresh at the time (particularly the intimate detail of its teenage romance), I feel that a lot of these unassuming but critically-acclaimed foreign films - often made under strained political conditions - tend to come off as overrated when viewed today (a similar recent example I encountered was CLOSELY WATCHED TRAINS [1966]). That said, the film benefits immensely from the wonderful cinematography by Miroslav Ondricek (Forman's longtime collaborator).

Besides, it also includes a couple of lengthy - and delightful - set-pieces: the party sequence, in which the heroine and her two best friends are picked up by a trio of geeky middle-aged soldiers; the scene at the home of the girl's 'boyfriend' (with whom she had a one-night stand), where she causes a commotion by turning up unannounced on his doorstep with a packed suitcase!

The DVD supplements comprise an amusing but irrelevant deleted scene, and an interesting 17-minute interview with Forman - in which he discusses the film's genesis and how the mix of professional and untrained actors proved providential, sealing its essential charm.


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