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Loves of a Blonde
     

Loves of a Blonde

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Director: Milos Forman

Cast: Hana Brejchova, Vladimir Pucholt, Vladimir Mensik

 

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Like the Criterion Collection's disc for The Fireman's Ball, Milos Forman's Loves of a Blonde is one of the great Czech films from the 1960s. Delightful, funny, satirical, melancholic, and wonderfully subversive, Forman managed to create his own contribution to New Wave cinema. The film became a success overseas, garnering the director a career that

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Like the Criterion Collection's disc for The Fireman's Ball, Milos Forman's Loves of a Blonde is one of the great Czech films from the 1960s. Delightful, funny, satirical, melancholic, and wonderfully subversive, Forman managed to create his own contribution to New Wave cinema. The film became a success overseas, garnering the director a career that stretched beyond the iron curtain, eventually leading to his move to his permanent move to the States. The disc is great, offering up the film in a new digitally remastered transfer. The full-screen picture (1.33:1) is excellent, as is the Czech language mono soundtrack. Optional English subtitles are also available. The disc also contains an informative and very nice video interview with Forman, as well as a deleted scene. Liner notes from film critic Dave Kehr have also been included.

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All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Milos Forman's Loves of a Blonde is a modest and delightfully naturalistic comedy. The film opens with a plaintively sung Beatle-esque love song (in Czech, naturally, except for the "yeah, yeah, yeah"s) that perfectly captures the film's playful spirit, and the hint of melancholy underneath. In the first extended setpiece of the film, three older, married, reservists contemplate putting the moves on a table of young women, and bicker endlessly about how to proceed. Meanwhile, the women are also in disagreement as to whether acknowledge the attentions of the men. Forman cast mostly non-actors in the film, and he demonstrates a fine eye for faces, which make the shorthand of his characterizations that much more effective. Forman adeptly mixes the verbal humor in the scene with low-key physical comedy, as in the close-ups of Andula's (Hana Brejchova) frowning face as she dances with a clumsy bespectacled soldier. There's a sweetly amusing post-coital scene between Andula and Milda (Vladimir Pucholt). But the film gets even better when the scene shifts to Prague, where Andula encounters Milda's confused, worried mother (Milada Jezkova) and father (Josef Sebanek). Jezkova and Sebanek deliver superb comic performances as the grumpy couple, and when Pucholt enters the scene later, the film reaches its comedic heights. Forman's sublime portrait of family dysfunction makes the quiet unassuming Loves of a Blonde a memorable work of cinema.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/12/2002
UPC:
0037429165423
Original Release:
1965
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:25:00
Sales rank:
13,808

Special Features

New digital transfers, with restored image and sound; Video interview with director Milos Forman; Deleted scene; New and improved English subtitle translation

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hana Brejchova Andula
Vladimir Pucholt Milda
Vladimir Mensik Vacovsky
Antonin Blazejovsky Tonda
Jiri Hruby Burda
Milada Jezkova Milda's Mother
Jana Novakova Jana
Josef Sebanek Milda's Father
Josef Kolb Prkorny
Jan Vostricil Colonel

Technical Credits
Milos Forman Director,Screenwriter
Karel Cerny Production Designer
Miroslav Hajek Editor
Evzen Illin Score Composer
Miroslav Ondrícek Cinematographer
Jaroslav Papousek Screenwriter
Ivan Passer Asst. Director,Screenwriter
Vaclav Sasek Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapters
1. Andula [6:47]
2. Girls Without Boyfriends [2:51]
3. Greeting the Troops [2:09]
4. The Dance [6:33]
5. A Solicitation [6:09]
6. Overture Denied [9:17]
7. The Piano Player [15:12]
8. An Old Love [6:38]
9. Prague [7:27]
10. Interrogation [8:49]
11. Memory Lapse [5:50]
12. Sleeping Arrangements [4:57]
13. Back in Zruc [2:14]

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