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The Joke (1969)

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In the 1950's, Ludvik Jahn was expelled from the Communist Party and the University by his fellow students, because of a politically incorrect note he sent to his girlfriend. Fifteen years ... See full summary »

Director:

Jaromil Jires

Writers:

Zdenek Bláha (dramaturge), Jaromil Jires (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Josef Somr ... Ludvik Jahn
Jana Dítetová ... Helena Zemánková
Ludek Munzar ... Pavel Zemánek
Evald Schorm ... Kostka
Vera Kresadlová ... Brozová
Milan Svrcina Milan Svrcina ... Jaroslav (as Milan Svrciva)
Milos Rejchrt Milos Rejchrt ... Alexej
Jaromír Hanzlík ... Lieutenant
Jirí Sýkora Jirí Sýkora ... Cenek
Michal Knapcik Michal Knapcik ... Soldier
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jana Andresíková ... (voice)
Jaroslav Blazek Jaroslav Blazek
Vladimír Cech Vladimír Cech ... (voice)
Jirí Cimický Jirí Cimický ... Soldier
Bohuslav Cáp ... (voice)
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In the 1950's, Ludvik Jahn was expelled from the Communist Party and the University by his fellow students, because of a politically incorrect note he sent to his girlfriend. Fifteen years later, he tries to get his revenge by seducing Helena, the wife of one of his accusers. Written by Will Gilbert

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A great adaptation of Kundera's great book
3 August 2003 | by arthurpewtySee all my reviews

A movie adaptation that succeeds by remaining true to the novel's theme while telling the story with an exciting new structure and style. As opposed to the novel's use of more conventional flashback passages, in the film the past seems to attack Ludvik Jahn -- played brilliantly by Josef Somr of CLOSELY WATCHED TRAINS -- from all sides, as the past echoes inescapably through the world of the present. It also doesn't hurt, I suppose, that Kundera himself co-wrote the screenplay.


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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

28 February 1969 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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