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A Report on the Party and the Guests (1966)
"O slavnosti a hostech" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  19 September 1968 (USA)
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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 ... 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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This film appears to have no meaning...
28 May 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

...but if is has one it is no doubt subversive. That was the British Board of Film Censors' verdict on another surrealist film, and the same is true here. It isn't about communist coups or subversion; it's about the contradictions of human nature and that makes it much more dangerous than any ostensibly revolutionary or counter-revolutionary film. The host- who says he loves surprises but hates surprises he has not arranged himself- is more like a self-made businessman or an old-fashioned nobleman than any apparatchik and even more like god- he wants everyone to enjoy his banquet and is hurt if they don't, and takes drastic measures if his generosity is rejected, while his eccentric son tries to fulfil his desires.


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