6.9/10
382
12 user 12 critic

Late August at the Hotel Ozone (1967)

Konec srpna v Hotelu Ozon (original title)
A troupe of young women on post-apocalyptic earth are lead around by a mistress born before the war, eventually stumbling into the company of a lonely old man.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (story)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Set in an underground dungeon inhabited by bundled, ragged human beings, after the nuclear holocaust. The story follows the wanderings of a hero through the situations of survival. People ... See full summary »

Director: Piotr Szulkin
Stars: Jerzy Stuhr, Krystyna Janda, Kalina Jedrusik
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The year is 2163. Starship Ikaria XB 1 embarks on a long journey across the Universe, to search for life on the planets of Alpha Centauri.

Director: Jindrich Polák
Stars: Zdenek Stepánek, Frantisek Smolík, Dana Medrická
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An experimental retelling of the story of Adam and Eve which then progresses into an allegorical depiction of loss of innocence.

Director: Vera Chytilová
Stars: Jitka Novákova, Karel Novak, Jan Schmid
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The world after the nuclear apocalypse. Pale light lits the scenery of total destruction. The surviving humans vegetate in wet cellars under the nuclear winter. But somehow human spirit ... See full summary »

Director: Konstantin Lopushanskiy
Stars: Rolan Bykov, Iosif Ryklin, Viktor Mikhaylov
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A woman is walking alone through an abandoned city. She approaches the forbidden zone and tries to pass through. Everywhere the Morning Patrol and deceptive traps are watching. The city ... See full summary »

Director: Nikos Nikolaidis
Stars: Michele Valley, Takis Spiridakis, Liana Hatzi
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

An angst-ridden teen dealing with his dysfunctional family hits the streets. The story is inter-cut with various psychedelic, energetic vignettes.

Director: Shûji Terayama
Stars: Hideaki Sasaki, Masahiro Saito, Yukiko Kobayashi
Morgiana (1972)
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Klara and Viktoria are sisters. Their father dies, leaving most of his property to Klara. When Klara becomes involved with a man that her sister loves, Viktoria begins to plot her murder.

Director: Juraj Herz
Stars: Iva Janzurová, Josef Abrhám, Nina Divísková
Adventure | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Upon finding a book that relates his grandfather's story, an officer ventures through Spain meeting a wide array of characters, most of whom have a story of their own to tell.

Director: Wojciech Has
Stars: Zbigniew Cybulski, Iga Cembrzynska, Elzbieta Czyzewska
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Ondrej, a young boy who loves bees and bats, is introduced to his new mother, a woman much younger than his father. He brings her a basketful of flowers which she starts to throw in the air... See full summary »

Director: Frantisek Vlácil
Stars: Petr Cepek, Jan Kacer, Vera Galatíková
The Joke (1969)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In the 1950's, Ludvik Jahn was expelled from the Communist Party and the University by his fellow students, because of a politically incorrect note he sent to his girlfriend. Fifteen years ... See full summary »

Director: Jaromil Jires
Stars: Josef Somr, Jana Dítetová, Ludek Munzar
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

The trials and tribulations of Eddie and other transvestites in Japan.

Director: Toshio Matsumoto
Stars: Pîtâ, Osamu Ogasawara, Toyosaburo Uchiyama
Fando and Lis (1968)
Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Fando and his partially paralyzed lover Lis search for the mythical city of Tar. Based on Jodorowsky's memories of a play by surrealist Fernando Arrabal.

Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky
Stars: Tamara Garina, Sergio Kleiner, Diana Mariscal
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Vladimír Hlavatý ...
Old Man (voice)
Jitka Horejsi ...
Martha
Ondrej Jariabek ...
Old Man
Vanda Kalinová ...
Judith
Alena Lippertová ...
Eva
Irina Lzicarová ...
Anna
Natalie Maslovová ...
Magdalen
Jana Novaková ...
Clara
Beta Ponicanová ...
Old Woman
Olga Scheinpflugová ...
Old Woman (voice)
Magda Seidlerová ...
Barbara
Hana Vítková ...
Theresa
Edit

Storyline

A troupe of young women on post-apocalyptic earth are lead around by a mistress born before the war, eventually stumbling into the company of a lonely old man.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

18 June 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Late August at the Hotel Ozone  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Dana Medrická was originally considered for the part of Old Woman, eventually played by Beta Ponicanová. See more »

Goofs

The girls were born into a post-apocalyptic world, but at least one of them has a vaccination scar. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The Most Evocative title in the SF Genre
22 August 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing a small handbill in a college basement around 1980. One of the films to be screened was THE END OF AUGUST AT THE HOTEL OZONE. The title intrigued, but, being the typical "too busy College Student" I did not attend the showing. So, for about a quarter century the title just lingered in my memory. Unreachable. I've NEVER heard of it screening anywhere, playing on TV or available on video or DVD (even in bootleg form). The title itself was so tantalizing, promising perhaps something apocalyptic (END OF "THE WORLD" not "AUGUST" perhaps?) or mysterious (a Hotel in the Ozone Layer?). And, of course, its sheer scarcity could only enhance the mystery, the suspense. Then, there it was in the American Cinemateque schedule. Oh, NO, I wasn't going to miss it this time! I had been up for work since 4 AM (!) and had worked a full 12 hour day. But, I was NOT to be denied! While the film does not quite live up to its evocative title (there was no reasonable way it could), it's still a find Eastern European contribution to the Post-Nuke, End-Of-The-World and Lord of the Flies sub-genre(s).

After an oblique reference to the Nuclear calamity that man inflicted upon itself some 15 years earlier, the film proper begins slowly as we come to see a band of young, presumably fertile women, led by a wise old sage. I emphasize the word slowly, because the pace is off-putting at first. Events do happen and we get a picture of the women's pathetic and lonely existence. I particularly admired the fact that they are not scrubbed clean, shaved, manicured and primped and prettified as they doubtless would have been in an American production - Remember all those "lost women" films where the tribal women look like beauty contestants (indeed a couple of the actresses are very attractive, just unkempt)?! But, the glacial pacing is almost enough to drive most viewer's patience beyond the brink. Once the group stumbles upon an old man and his "Hotel Ozone", the film comes into its own. Where the viewer is naturally inclined to sympathize with the women (if they had been men would we be so accepting?) despite some cruel, savage and disturbing activities (particularly towards animals), slowly we come to see a fuller and less positive view towards them. This reversal is doubtless intentional and packs a strong visceral punch. The final images of this band of lost ladies wandering a barren landscape is both heart-breaking and depressingly believable.

It's to the film's credit that we are not given a false or tidy ending: Befitting a title as gloriously ambiguous as THE END OF AUGUST AT THE HOTEL OZONE.


8 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Late August at the Hotel Ozone (1967) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?