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A Report on the Party and the Guests (1966)

O slavnosti a hostech (original title)
A small group of adult bourgeois friends are on a day outing in the country, that outing which includes having a picnic. While they are going for a walk after the picnic, they encounter a ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ivan Vyskocil ...
Hostitel
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Rudolf
Jiri Nemec ...
Josef
Pavel Bosek ...
Frantisek
Karel Mares ...
Karel
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Manzel
Jana Pracharová ...
Paní
Zdena Skvorecka ...
Eva
Milon Novotny ...
Zenich (as Milon Novotný)
Helena Pejsková ...
Marta (as H. Pejsková)
Dana Nemcova ...
nevesta Olinka
Antonin Prazak ...
Antonín (as Antonín Prazák)
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Guest #1
Adolf Siroký ...
Host
Václav Vodák ...
Host (as Dr. V. Vodák)
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A small group of adult bourgeois friends are on a day outing in the country, that outing which includes having a picnic. While they are going for a walk after the picnic, they encounter a group of officious looking men who commandeer them to a small clearing. Although there is no direct threat and the picnickers are not scared, they nonetheless feel the need to do what the men say. The men, led by one called Rudolph, set the rules of "the game". Ultimately, the picnickers learn that Rudolph was supposed to invite them to a party nearby. Much like the game, the party's host sets the rules for the party to which the picnickers and all the other guests must abide. Order in the eyes of the host seems to be paramount. Although the picnickers and the other guests enjoy many aspects of the party, some just do not want to be there, such thinking which cannot be tolerated. Written by Huggo

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In this film not play professional actors, but different personalities from the artistic environment. Ivan Vyskocil is a theater director, Zdena Skvorecka and Josef Skvorecký are writers, Jan Klusák and Karel Mares are composers, Jiri Nemec was a philosopher and translator, his wife Dana Nemcova is a psychologist, Pavel Bosek is a theater author, Evald Schorm is a film director, Milon Novotny is a photographer, etc. In other roles also play their friends. See more »

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Hostitel: Boys, Boys! Now, Now, Now. We know Rudolf's a naughty boy, but Karel?
Eva: You should have seen him sulking, being naughty!
Frantisek: Because he's an old rebel.
Karel: No, I'm a Democrat.
Hostitel: So am I.
Wife: So am I.
Eva: So am I.
Marta: So am I.
Frantisek: So am I.
Josef: With your permission, so am I.
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Another Masterpiece of the Czech New Wave
25 November 2003 | by (Miss., U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

'A Report on the Party and the Guests' is not just a biting political allegory on Communism, it is also one of the most astute observations on human nature I have ever seen- which is what makes it universal.

The "plot" revolves around a group of friends who are having a picnic in the park one afternoon, but are eventually forced into going to a birthday celebration for a man they do not know. In order to gain his favor, some of the group betray a friend who left the party. The plot is actually loosely structured after the manner that Czechoslovakia was taken over by the Communists in the 50's, and the way the Czechs allowed it to happen. Interestingly for a film that was "banned forever" by the Communists, I found it to be more scathing in its depiction of the people who were seduced into the situation, and then collaborated with the party overseeres.

In a film with a surrealist plot, the acting is surprisingly realistic. The situation is so bizarre, but the film poses the question: if you were there would you have acted any different? The situation, after all, was very bizarre in real life too. The acting is excellent, the cinemetography is excellent, and Jan Nemec (whose Holocaust film 'Diamonds of the Night' I found to be disappointing) directs with a bold hand. This is a great film, and it's not just a history lesson. There's humor in it too, and it's very interesting from a psychological perspective. 10/10


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