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Loves of a Blonde (1965)

Lásky jedné plavovlásky (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance, Drama | 26 October 1966 (USA)
A factory manager in rural Czechoslovakia bargains with the army to send men to the area, to boost the morale of his young female workers, deprived of male company since the local boys have... See full summary »

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Milos Forman

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Milos Forman (screenplay), Milos Forman (story) | 5 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hana Brejchová ... Andula
Vladimír Pucholt ... Milda
Vladimír Mensík ... Vacovský
Ivan Kheil Ivan Kheil ... zálozák Manas
Jirí Hrubý Jirí Hrubý ... Burda
Milada Jezková ... Matka
Josef Sebánek ... Otec
Josef Kolb Josef Kolb ... Pokorný
Marie Salacová Marie Salacová ... Marie
Jana Novaková Jana Novaková ... Jana (as Jana Nováková)
Jarka Crkalová Jarka Crkalová ... Jaruska
Tána Zelinková Tána Zelinková ... Dívka s kytarou
Zdena Lorencová Zdena Lorencová ... Zdena
Jan Vostrcil ... Plukovník
Antonín Blazejovský Antonín Blazejovský ... Tonda
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A factory manager in rural Czechoslovakia bargains with the army to send men to the area, to boost the morale of his young female workers, deprived of male company since the local boys have been conscripted. The army sends reservists, mostly married middle-aged men - and the local beauty Andula, spurns those bold enough to try to win her, for the jazz pianist, newly come from Prague to perform. He seduces her and impresses her, telling her "most women are round, like guitars but you are a guitar by Picasso". Staying the night with him causes a lecture on a young woman's honour at her hostel so she throws over her other suitors and makes her way to Prague to find the young man. His protective Mamma and weary Pappa are not pleased when she arrives on the doorstep with her suitcase. Written by MK

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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

26 October 1966 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Czech Republic

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Czechoslovakia's official submission to 39th Academy Award's Foreign Language in 1967. See more »

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[Late at night, Andula arrives to Prague. Milda isn't home]
Milda's Mother: He didn't say where he was going or when he'd be back.
Milda's Father: You should maybe try and find him on your own.
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National Character
16 February 2008 | by tedgSee all my reviews

I'm fascinated by the different ways that stories can be shaped, by the different sort of narrative attractors around which we see sense.

Sometimes that seems to be aligned with national stories, the stories people use to define themselves. In a big country, that's one of the nationally accepted stereotypes. But in a small country, it's often the story about what it means to be Cuban, Romanian, Czech.

Its exaggerated by the fact that films themselves are distilled stories which become divorced from context when viewed later and far away. But I do think I can see into the soul of Swedes and Poles when I see unique trends in the better crafted films from those areas. That's why its so interesting when the Norweigian soul seems so distinct from the Swedes. And the Czech soul so radically different from the Polish.

Its a matter of the Polish character that the world is essentially defined by human existence and humans are defined by essential goodness. This gives a delicate filigree of interaction that underlies everything else, including government, religion (which is always the church) and other human-triggered disruption. Polish films enter into what it means to be human, always choosing the most lovely, even holy notion of being.

Czech films and life, however, seems to have completely different shuffle of the same layers. At root are the mechanics of God who instead of working with golden threads of human intent has his own ideas about pain, confusion and testing. Within this storm of fate humans try to sparkle, bond, love. But they are always fighting a storm, God's storm sometimes facilitated by clueless but comfortable apparatchiks.

Its nearly impossible to make a good film with these constraints, with this national story, because what works to define self doesn't work in packaging something that needs to stand alone.

This may be the only Czech movie made in the country that finds a solution. Its strange and unfamiliar, but it works.

The key characteristic is that its rooted in the fact that there is no story. There cannot be a story. All real stories are hopeless and the best you can have (if you are Czech) are dreams about stories. The form of the narrative is extremely capricious: we focus on different small groups apparently accidentally. Are they where the seed of thing will be planted and grow? The factory girls in their dreaming dormitory, the factory owner with the bosses, the aging reservists trying to score, the pianist who plays the girl into bed, the parents who annotate storytelling by wondering about the nature of story for 15 minutes. We end with the girl back with her dorm-mates not knowing whether she is recounting what we have seen or something rosier.

Its an amazingly endearing story about the lack or stories, about the desire from love with no ledges.

It is unlike anything I have seen before save two films. And naturally they are by this same fellow. (I except the disastrous "Amandeus" which, like Mozart's music is all ornamentation and nothing else.)

If you rewatch "Cuckoo's Nest" and "Man in the Moon" against the context of the storyteller, you'll find he is the character. He does allow the character in the story to bounce around in a void looking for some structure to use in weaving a self, but he denies any reference, excepting the rejection of what surrounds. They are both just glossy, simple versions of this, this perfect solution of making a story without stories.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.


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