I Served the King of England
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I Served the King of England

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Director: Jirí Menzel

Cast: Ivan Barnev, Oldrich Kaiser, Julia Jentsch

     
 
Despite the 1997 death of longtime friend and Closely Watched Trains collaborator Bohumil Hrabal, 1960s-era Czech New Wave filmmaker Jirí Menzel enters into a postmortem collaboration with the famed author in this pitch-black comedy detailing the shrewd rise of

Overview

Despite the 1997 death of longtime friend and Closely Watched Trains collaborator Bohumil Hrabal, 1960s-era Czech New Wave filmmaker Jirí Menzel enters into a postmortem collaboration with the famed author in this pitch-black comedy detailing the shrewd rise of an ambitious waiter. All diminutive manservant Jan Dite (Ivan Barnev) ever wanted was to be filthy rich and to preside over his very own hotel. As a young man coming of age in the 1930s, Jan was preoccupied by beautiful women and awestricken by the fact that anyone, be they rich or poor, would bend to their knees to pick up a coin. With World War II fast approaching and the Germans steadily taking occupation of Czech territory, the opportunistic servant begins his rapid ascent up the hospitality ladder by working for a number of high-profile figures. Though Jan was never a man to settle down with just one woman, his growing attraction to Aryan beauty Liza (Julia Jentsch) soon finds the aspiring hotelier proposing marriage. Of course, a blueblood Teuton like Liza could never wed a man unable to provide proof of his German heritage, but that doesn't stop Jan from doing his best to please her in the bedroom. Later, when Liza is killed retrieving a box of valuable stamps acquired during her stint at the Russian front, Jan uses the valuable collector's items to purchase the very hotel in which he used to work. Unfortunately for Jan, good luck is always followed by bad news, and it's not long before his life's ambition comes crumbling down all around him.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/17/2009
UPC:
0043396280250
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:59:00
Sales rank:
44,837

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ivan Barnev Jan Díte, Old
Oldrich Kaiser Jan Díte, Young
Julia Jentsch Liza
Martin Huba Skrivánek
Marian Labuda Walden
Zuzana Fialova Marcela
Milan Lasica Professor
Josef Abrhám Brandejs Hotelier
Jiri Labus Hotel Chief
Jaromír Dulava Waiter Karel
Pavel Nový General
Rudolf Hrusínsky Hotelier Tichota
Tonya Graves The Emperor

Technical Credits
Jirí Menzel Director,Screenwriter
Jan Balzer Production Designer
Rudolf Biermann Executive Producer
Ales Brezina Score Composer
Jiri Brozek Editor
Milan Býcek Production Designer
Pavel Cechak Associate Producer,Production Manager
Milan Corba Costumes/Costume Designer
Petr Dvorák Co-producer
L'Uba Féglová Co-producer
Radim Hladik Sound/Sound Designer
Jiri Kacirek Asst. Director
Vit Komrzy Co-producer
Andrea Metcalfe Producer
Jirina Pahlerová Makeup
Robert Schaffer Producer
Jaromir Sofr Cinematographer
Helena Uldrichova Co-producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- I Served the King of England
1. Chapter 1 [4:04]
2. Chapter 2 [6:42]
3. Chapter 3 [5:39]
4. Chapter 4 [3:03]
5. Chapter 5 [6:25]
6. Chapter 6 [4:18]
7. Chapter 7 [5:29]
8. Chapter 8 [4:41]
9. Chapter 9 [1:44]
10. Chapter 10 [4:52]
11. Chapter 11 [5:29]
12. Chapter 12 [3:42]
13. Chapter 13 [4:43]
14. Chapter 14 [3:30]
15. Chapter 15 [4:49]
16. Chapter 16 [2:21]
17. Chapter 17 [3:06]
18. Chapter 18 [2:32]
19. Chapter 19 [1:54]
20. Chapter 20 [4:09]
21. Chapter 21 [1:04]
22. Chapter 22 [2:50]
23. Chapter 23 [1:45]
24. Chapter 24 [6:05]
25. Chapter 25 [2:21]
26. Chapter 26 [4:42]
27. Chapter 27 [4:25]
28. Chapter 28 [12:43]

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I Served the King of England 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A whimsical tale told in exceptional European fashion. A remarkable film absolutely deserving of one's time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago