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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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Comedy

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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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Libuse Safránková turned down the part of Maryska, eventually played by Magda Vásáryová. See more »

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One of the best Czech films
3 October 2001 | by dkcatsSee all my reviews

A wonderful Czech classic that can be seen over and over! In my opinion, this is a film that is best understood if you are a native Czech, appreciate Czech humor and character, and like Bohumil Hrabal's "tender barbarian" style of writing. It is not so much a movie about a local brewery director, his wife and their life in the brewery that strives to be an utterly funny comedy, as it is a lovely view of Hrabal's parents, his unique uncle Pepin, and the times of "cutting it short", that brings a smile to your face and keeps it there for the duration of the film. I can understand that Postriziny can be very hard for non-Czech viewers to appreciate.


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