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Husband (senior ministry official) and wife find their house is riddled with listening devices put there by his own ministry. A harrowing night follows (reminiscent of 'Who's Afraid Of ... See full summary »

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Karel Kachyna

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jirina Bohdalová ... Anna
Radoslav Brzobohatý ... Ludvik
Gustav Opocenský
Miroslav Holub
Lubor Tokos
Borivoj Navrátil ... Cejnar
Jirí Císler
Jaroslav Moucka
Karel Vasicek Karel Vasicek ... Poet
Ladislav Krivácek Ladislav Krivácek
Frantisek Nemec
Jan Teplý
Josef Sulc Josef Sulc ... Secret
Bronislav Poloczek
Alois Mottl Alois Mottl
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Husband (senior ministry official) and wife find their house is riddled with listening devices put there by his own ministry. A harrowing night follows (reminiscent of 'Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf'), and the resolution is _worse_ than being carted off to jail... Written by Stephen Simmonds <ssimmond@extro.ucc.su.oz.au>

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Czechoslovakia

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1 June 1970 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

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La oreja See more »

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Filmové studio Barrandov See more »
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another gem hidden behind the Iron Curtain
15 November 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

The acute paranoia of daily life behind the Iron Curtain haunts a petty bureaucrat after he overhears an indiscreet remark at a party and becomes convinced his house is under government surveillance. Not surprisingly, the film spent over two decades in official limbo for daring to paint an unflattering portrait of Big Brother, showing the unseen influence of the State in a society where privilege is bought at the cost of privacy. The story begins where Francis Ford Coppola's 'The Conversation' left off, with the anxious civil servant and his equally suspicious wife trapped in a claustrophobic, dark comic nightmare of hidden microphones, tapped telephones, and invisible prying eyes, all the time wondering why the axe of political expedience is aimed at their innocent necks. The scenario would be absurd if it weren't so unsettling, and succeeds as both a disturbing parable of totalitarian oppression and a perversely entertaining black comedy.


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