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Three Men in the Snow (1936)

Tri muzi ve snehu (original title)
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Credited cast:
Hugo Haas ... Továrník Eduard Bárta
Vera Ferbasová ... Vera Bártová
Jindrich Plachta ... Jan Náprstek
Zdenka Baldová ... Julie Hubácková
Vladimír Borský ... Dr. obch. véd. Jaroslav Hájek
Ella Nollová Ella Nollová ... Jeho matka
Frantisek Paul ... Reditel hotelu (as Franta Paul)
Theodor Pistek ... Vrátný v Imperialu
Míla Reymonová Míla Reymonová ... Pani Kasperová
Vlasta Hrubá Vlasta Hrubá ... Paní Severová
Jaroslav Marvan ... Director of Barta's Works
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alfred Bastýr Alfred Bastýr
Julius Batha Julius Batha
Frantisek Cerný
Jan Cerný Jan Cerný
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Czechoslovakia

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Czech

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1936 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

Also Known As:

Three Men in the Snow See more »

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Metropolitan Film See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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funny in a gentle sort of way
13 February 2017 | by marycadneySee all my reviews

Three men of different ages meet and socialize at a ski resort. Each is a misfit of some kind -- a physician with no money, a very wealthy man who has no privacy because his name is always recognized and strangers ask for money, a man who's lost the love of his life and sees no future. The snow, beautiful and eternal, provide a landscape of loss in which these three wander until each rediscovers his best self in the others.

This 1936 movie was made in Czechoslovakia. By this time the author of the book upon which it is based, Eric Kaestner, had become suspect in his native Germany. Kaestner later became famous in the U.S. because of the movie "The Parent Trap" which was based on his story, "Die Doppelte Lottchen," and because his "Emil und die Detective" was acknowledged as generating a sub-genre of child detective stories here, in both print and film. Kaestner was interrogated several times by Nazi authorities, 1936-1945, and his books were publicly denounced as being "antagonistic to the German spirit." He was never imprisoned, only marginalized as a creative artist. He was likewise spurned by politicians during the Adenauer regime, from 1949 into the 1960s. Adenauer may have still been miffed by Kaestner's well-known dismissal of the integrity of the Weimar Republic, in which he (Adenauer) served: "A democratically-elected government funded by capitalist cash boxes, and defended by an army composed of displaced aristocrats commanding the unemployable and outcast."

The three men in the story, and film, embody the unemployable and outcast. Despite their sense of persecution they do not submit to isolation with good grace -- each demonstrates a capacity for creativity. Their relationship is based on good humor and keen observation of their surroundings. The characters speak in Czech, but German subtitles were added in some markets.


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