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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
Jan Klusák ...
Rudolf
Jiri Nemec ...
Josef
Pavel Bosek ...
Frantisek
Karel Mares ...
Karel
Evald Schorm ...
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)
Josef Skvorecký ...
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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Wife: I quite enjoy being alone. I always wash my underwear. I like things to be nice and cared for.
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Czech New Wave = Amazing
22 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A group of happy picnickers are accosted by a group of strangers led by a bullying sadist who has an unbreakable hold over his followers. After he interrogates one of them, a stranger then invites everyone to a nonsensical, but elegant and formal banquet outdoors.

How can you beat being distinguished by being "banned forever" in the Czech Republic? That is just about the greatest selling point. As another person said, "Jan Nemec's 'A Report on the Party' is a great film from the flowering of the Czech cinema in the 1960s. It is a political thriller that satirizes unquestionable conformity."

Indeed, Czech cinema of the 1950s and 1960s is incredible, and this film (along with "Daisies") really needs to be seen by more people, particularly Americans. When we think "foreign film", we might think Italian or French, possibly Russian. With the "new wave", it is France that seems to hold that title tightly. But no one ever says they love Czech cinema. And the only reason for that can be that nobody watches it -- but they should.


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