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LOVE HARVESTS IN SUMMER seems to anticipate 4 years the wrongful intrusion of the soviet tanks. And with the style of WEST SIDE STORY, puts music, color and emotion surrounding the born of a mate, first love in a youngs school, quite outdated and square. The movie ends better than "WEST SIDE" and even better than the sad czechoslovakian story. The scenes of the hops harvest to make the famous czech beer, the sky ever blue and all the conflict and debate that emerge in the czech society and inside of each member of the school, could have found an answer, flowering a little late in the so called czech spring. Written by
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Taking a look at IMDb's Classic Film board,I spotted a post from a fellow IMDber about a 60's Czech Musical! Since having gathered up a number of Czech Sci-Fi flicks,I decided that it was the perfect time to take a detour to the swinging Czech's.
Working on the hops fields gathering hops for beer, Filip catches a glimpse of fellow worker/"comrade" (!)Hanka and falls for her.Trying to keep their love secret from the field owners,fellow worker Honza becomes jealous of Filip having a romance with Hanka,which leads to Honza deciding that he will feed the hop field owners Hanka and Filip's secret romantic hops.
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Pushing the films message of "happy workers" and off the cuff dialogue with the word "Comrade" as far to the sidelines as possible,the screenplay by co-writer/(along with Vratislav Blazek) director Ladislav Rychman bubbles up fizzy Pop hits with Broadway Melodrama numbers.Welcoming the workers with a guitar playing Greek chorus,the writers blend the delightfully sweet romance with wonderfully quirky touches,as the movie joyful swigs from songs about making beer,to Filip and Hanka's romance being sent over the horizon.
Swaying behind the Iron Curtain with catchy pop tunes,director Rychman & cinematographer Jan Stallich tap into swinging 60's Czech with a delicious atmosphere,thanks to Rychman and Stallich painting dazzling blues,yellows and reds over Filip & Hanka blossoming Broadway romance,and brings it to vivid life.Taking on a stunning Ivana Pavlová as Hanka and a wide-eyed innocent Vladimír Pucholt as Filip, Milos Zavadil grabs a role originally offered to Josef Abrhám,and strikes Honza with a devilish charm,as Zavadil wraps Honza with a wide smirk over catching the romance,as Filip & Hanka try to hide their love in the hops.
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