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Capricious Summer (1968)
"Rozmarné léto" (original title)

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Middle-aged Antonin and his friends, the major, now retired, and the canon, are in the river, swimming and philosophizing. Then it starts to rain. It just seems to be that sort of summer. ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Rudolf Hrusínský ...
Antonín Dura
Vlastimil Brodský ...
Maj. Hugo
Frantisek Rehák ...
Priest / abbé / canon Roch
Míla Myslíková ...
Katerina Durová
Jana Preissová ...
Anna (as Jana Drchalová)
Jirí Menzel ...
Arnostek (tightrope walker)
Bohus Záhorský ...
Vlasta Jelínková ...
Sluzebna (as V. Jelínková)
Alois Vachek ...
Muz v hospode (as A. Vachek)
Bohumil Koska ...
Muz v hospode (as B. Koska)
Karel Hovorka ...
Muz v hospode (as K. Hovorka)
Antonin Prazak ...
Policajt (as A. Prazak)
Pavel Bosek ...
Mayor (as P. Bosek)


Middle-aged Antonin and his friends, the major, now retired, and the canon, are in the river, swimming and philosophizing. Then it starts to rain. It just seems to be that sort of summer. Antonin runs the swimming bath with his portly wife Katherine... A man appears with his horse-drawn caravan. He lays a striped pole across the river and walks over. With a handstand and a magic trick, Ernie the Conjuror invites everyone to that evening's performance... Ernie is a tightrope walker of only modest skill, but with a slim and beautiful assistant, Anna. Antonin speaks to her. The two spend the night in the change room by the river, Antonin massaging her feet all night long. Katherine decides to move into the caravan with Ernie. But now the major and even the canon sense Anna's attractiveness... Written by David Carless

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24 September 1968 (USA)  »

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1 March 2009 | by (illinois) – See all my reviews

Most of the Czech films I've seen follow a familiar pattern: a history lesson revolving around war or occupation, along with lots of bohemian irony and iconic images, usually of Prague. This one's different. I enjoyed Kolya, and Menzel's other films (Closely Watched Trains and I Served the King of England), but I prefer this one for leaving out the pathos.

The irony would come through more clearly if I spoke any Czech beyond "dobre den", but this film still has plenty. A tattered little town with unpaved streets, drenched by miserable summer rain the whole way through. A visit by a fleabag circus supplies a limited amount of merriment - about what the little town deserves. About all they've come to expect, too, in their sodden little corner of Bohemia.

I wouldn't have watched this film at all if I hadn't already "read" the book. Josef Capek's witty illustrations for the novel led me to a movie which is every bit as good, and which fills in the details I couldn't read between the pictures.

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