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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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Karel Kachyna, Jan Procházka (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

1 June 1970 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

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La oreja See more »

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Director's first choice for the part of Ludvík was Vladimír Brabec and Jirina Jirásková was supposed to play Anna, his wife. Finally Karel Kachyna casted Radoslav Brzobohatý and Jirina Bohdalová, who were real-life couple at the time. See more »

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Those were the days....
17 October 2005 | by podwilliamsSee all my reviews

Like so many other films made in Eastern Europe in the 60s and 70s, I've longed to see this gem again. Once upon a time, back in the 80s, the UK's Channel 4 used to show all kinds of weird and wonderful films into the early hours, introducing this teenager (now 36) to a new and exciting world of international cinema.

This Czech classic (banned when Dubcek's regime was toppled in '69) concerns Ludvik, a top bureaucrat, and his wife, Anna, coming home one night from a reception to find their home has been bugged (during a period of political purging). The paranoia and sleepless night sets Lunvik and Aanna against each other, and the film finally shows what it took to 'get head' in a Stalinist regime.


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