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Shortcuts (1981)

Postriziny (original title)
An evocation of the childhood memories of Bohumil Hrabal in his provincial town of Nymburk, dominated by the local brewery.

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Jirí Menzel
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Magda Vásáryová ... Maryska
Jirí Schmitzer ... Francin
Jaromír Hanzlík ... Pepin
Rudolf Hrusínský ... Dr. Gruntorád
Petr Cepek ... Pán de Giogi
Oldrich Vlach ... Ruzicka
Frantisek Rehák ... Vejvoda
Miloslav Stibich Miloslav Stibich ... Bernádek
Alois Liskutín Alois Liskutín ... Sefl
Pavel Vondruska ... notár Lustig
Rudolf Hrusínský ... Celedín (as Rudolf Hrusínsky ml.)
Miroslav Donutil ... Podornek
Oldrich Vízner ... Doda Cervinka
Josef Vondrácek Josef Vondrácek
Jaroslav Vozáb ... Dustojný pán
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Storyline

Francin (Jirí Schmitzer), manager of a small-town brewery, has a charming wife whose abundant blonde locks are an adornment to the town. Maryska (Magda Vásáryová) looks ethereal but loves meat and beer, while Francin is an ascetic. The strict members of the brewery board of directors come to audit the accounts, but are diverted from concentrating on Francin's detailed reports by Maryska, who has organized a pig-killing feast and is ably assisting the butcher. When she invites the old curmudgeons on the board to enjoy the fresh pork, they are too happy to agree. Francin doesn't know whether he is going to get a permanent contract. To make things worse his brother Pepin (Jaromír Hanzlík) - eccentric, noisy and garrulous - turns up on an indefinite visit. Written by NFA.cz

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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

October 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cutting It Short See more »

Filming Locations:

Dalesice, Czech Republic

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Mono

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Color
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Vladimír Mensík turned down the part of Pepin, eventually played by Jaromír Hanzlík. See more »

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Referenced in Máme rádi Cesko: Episode dated 27 May 2017 (2017) See more »

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Absolutely delicious piece in Central European Nostalgia
5 September 2005 | by carcarreraSee all my reviews

And not only for Easterners. Of course, it is clearly not the cheap and easy humour you can face in that kind of slapstick silly comedies from Hollywood nowadays.

As many times in the tandem Hrabal/Menzel, the film exudes sense of humour, "joie de vivre" and natural acting. Characters are full of charm, flesh and blood, and life... yes, Central European life after WWI (some visits to the area are still a good help in order to take better understanding... but be careful because later the understanding becomes LOVE forever, I can assure)

Just waiting the next one by Menzel, based on another classic by Bohumil Hrabal: I served the King of England.

Personal note: I have been in love with Maryska (literary homage by Hrabal to his mother)since the blessed day I read the first lines in the book... some years ago.


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