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Shortcuts (1981)

Postriziny (original title)
An evocation of the childhood memories of Bohumil Hrabal in his provincial town of Nymburk, dominated by the local brewery.

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Maryska
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Francin
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Dr. Gruntorád
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Pán de Giogi
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Ruzicka
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Vejvoda
Miloslav Stibich ...
Bernádek
Alois Liskutín ...
Sefl
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notár Lustig
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Celedín (as Rudolf Hrusínsky ml.)
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Podornek
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Doda Cervinka
Josef Vondrácek
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Dustojný pán
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Francin (Jirí Schmitzer), manager of a small-town brewery, has a charming wife whose abundant blonde locks are an adornment to the town. Maryska (Magda Vásáryová) looks ethereal but loves meat and beer, while Francin is an ascetic. The strict members of the brewery board of directors come to audit the accounts, but are diverted from concentrating on Francin's detailed reports by Maryska, who has organized a pig-killing feast and is ably assisting the butcher. When she invites the old curmudgeons on the board to enjoy the fresh pork, they are too happy to agree. Francin doesn't know whether he is going to get a permanent contract. To make things worse his brother Pepin (Jaromír Hanzlík) - eccentric, noisy and garrulous - turns up on an indefinite visit. Written by NFA.cz

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Libuse Safránková turned down the part of Maryska, eventually played by Magda Vásáryová. See more »

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Bored? Buy a raccoon!
28 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

The best movie of Czech genius Jiri Menzel (after the Oscar-winning 'Ostre sledované vlaky' of course). Too bad that Bohumil Hrabal, the writer of Menzel's best movies is practically unknown for the "Western" audience, they apparently ignore these gems from behind the former "iron curtain". Menzel is one of those great Czech New Wave directors (along Milos Forman, who managed to get into the spotlight by moving to the USA) who established this very special Czech style of movie-making: sensitive while humorous, joyful while tragic, with very intimate and thought-provoking stories. I just love the style of Menzel who can put this unreal, incredibly funny character of uncle Pepin to the screen so well that it actually works better than in the novels of Hrabal. Don't miss it.


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