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Capricious Summer (1968)

Rozmarné léto (original title)
Unrated | | Comedy | 24 September 1968 (USA)
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 »

Director:

Jirí Menzel

Writers:

Vladimír Kalina (dramatisation), Jan Libora (dramatisation) | 3 more credits »
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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 ... Starik
Vlasta Jelínková Vlasta Jelínková ... Sluzebna (as V. Jelínková)
Alois Vachek Alois Vachek ... Muz v hospode (as A. Vachek)
Bohumil Koska Bohumil Koska ... Muz v hospode (as B. Koska)
Karel Hovorka Karel Hovorka ... Muz v hospode (as K. Hovorka)
Antonin Prazak Antonin Prazak ... Policajt (as A. Prazak)
Pavel Bosek Pavel Bosek ... Mayor (as P. Bosek)
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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. 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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Jiri Menzel's 1st color feature

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Comedy

Certificate:

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This film is included in "Pearls of the Czech New Wave", Eclipse Series 32, which is part of the Criterion Collection. See more »

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Nice summer tale
24 January 2003 | by Daniel KarlssonSee all my reviews

Pretty good-looking, very good music, erotic, relaxed, and poetic and philosophic in a pretty similar way to Godard's films from the 90ies. Unfortunately, people who do not speak Czech will probably miss many points of the dialogue.

8 out of 10.


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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

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Release Date:

24 September 1968 (USA) See more »

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Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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