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I Served the King of England (2006)

Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále (original title)
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A look at the glamorous life at an old-world Prague hotel.

Director:

Jirí Menzel

Writers:

Bohumil Hrabal (novel), Jirí Menzel
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ivan Barnev ... mladý Jan Díte
Oldrich Kaiser ... staý rJan Díte
Julia Jentsch ... Líza
Marián Labuda ... Walden
Milan Lasica ... Profesor
Zuzana Fialová ... Marcela
Martin Huba ... Skrivánek
Josef Abrhám ... Hotelier Brandejs
Jirí Lábus ... séf hotelu U Zlatého mesta Prahy
Rudolf Hrusínský ... Tichota
Pavel Nový ... Generál
Jaromír Dulava ... císník Karel
Petra Hrebícková ... Jaruska
Eva Kalcovská Eva Kalcovská ... Wanda
Sárka Petruzelová Sárka Petruzelová ... Julinka
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Storyline

Czechoslovakia, 1963. Jan Díte is released from prison after serving 15 years. He goes into semi exile in a deserted village near the German border. In flashbacks, he tells his story: he's a small, clever and quick-witted young man, stubbornly naïve, a vendor at a train station. Thanks to a patron, he becomes a waiter at upscale hotels and restaurants. We see him discover how the wealthy tick and how to please women. He strives to be a millionaire with his own hotel. Before the war, he meets Líza, a German woman in Prague. Is this his ticket to wealth or his undoing? Meanwhile, we see Jan putting a life together after prison: why was he sentenced, and who will he become? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Ambition will get you anywhere

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and nudity | See all certifications »
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Language:

Czech | German | French | English | Italian | Korean

Release Date:

11 January 2007 (Czech Republic) See more »

Also Known As:

Yo serví al rey de Inglaterra See more »

Filming Locations:

Harrachov, Czech Republic See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CZK 84,450,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$68,460, 31 August 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$617,228, 21 December 2008
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Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The scenes for the Hotel Pariz restaurant were filmed in the main restaurant in Prague's Obecni Dum (Civic House), just around the corner from the actual Hotel Pariz. Both restaurants were designed in the Art Nouveau style by artist Alphons Mucha, but the Obecni Dum restaurant is larger. See more »

Goofs

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Jan Díte, older: A person becomes most human, often against his own will, when he begins to founder, when he is derailed and deprived of order.
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Venezianisches Gondellied
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Unconventional Reliving of Czech History
23 August 2007 | by hackerpx-1See all my reviews

Menzel's film is a modern masterpiece. It tells the story of one man's fate, as seen through the mythical pen of Bohumil Hrabal, one of the greatest Czech writers of the 20th century. The film is interspersed with documentary footage of the occupation of the remnants of the Czech republic in 1939. It tells how one man grows up in one system, survives another, and willingly submits himself to a third (Communist). The slogan "my happiness was always in the fact that some unhappiness overtook me" belongs to the East European theater of the absurd. For those of you who have seen the amazing performance of Julia Jentsch in "Sophie Scholl - The Last Days" it will come as a surprise, if not a shock, to see Ms. Jentsch play a character exactly opposite to the one which brought her such fame -- a true blue Nazi! But that's what great actors are made of -- anti-Nazi heroine this year, Nazi lover of the main protagonist the next. She learned some Czech for this role, but when she speaks in German, the screen shows Czech subtitles. Some scenes are really priceless, as when Dite is escorted out of his hotel (presumably in 1948), by two members of the Communist people's militia who at first are inclined to allow him to stay on as administrator of his now nationalized enterprise, but when he keeps insisting he is a millionaire and needs to be arrested, they willingly oblige. Irony stays with us through the film, starting with the opening scene when the elder Dite is released from a Communist jail in Prague and he explains: "I was sentenced to 15 years (for being a millionaire), but because of the amnesty, I only had to sit for 14 and 3/4."


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