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Great actor, so-so film
24 August 2010 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

Vlasta Burian was a legendary Czech comic actor, who appeared in dozens of Czech language films from 1923 to 1956. His heyday in film was the 1930s, and he is a distinctive and amusing presence, with his great mustache and his penetrating eyes. To date I have only seen two of his films:"Katakomby" (The Catacombs) and "Duchácek to zarídí," (which if I remember correctly, translates as "Duchacek Will Fix It").

"Catacombs" is the lesser of these two films. The title refers to the office of records in the basement of a large company... sort of the place where a troublesome employee may be dumped in a dead end job. If fact, the story is a simple romantic comedy, with Burian as the kindly old stick-in-the-mud who helps the young man to sort out his romance with the daughter of the company's owner.

There are a few amusing bits with Burian, but the story is strictly by the numbers. I should also note that unless you can read subtitles VERY fast, you may find yourself pausing the DVD in order to catch the fast dialog.


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