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The Joke

 

 

Original title:
Žert
Slovenian title:
Šala
Section:
RETRO: CZECH NEW WAVE

Country, year:
Czechoslovakia, 1969
Length:
80

Directed by:
Jaromil Jireš

Screenplay:
Jaromil Jireš, Milan Kundera, Zdenek Bláha
Cinematography:
Jan Čurík
Music:
Zdenek Pololáník
Subtitles:
slovenian
Language:
Czech
Voting code:
/
Cast:
Josef Somr (Ludvik Jahn), Jana Dítetová (Helena Zemánková), Ludek Munzar (Pavel Zemánek), Evald Schorm (Kostka), Vera Kresadlová (Brozová), Milan Švrčina (Jaroslav), Miloš Rejchrt (Alexej), Jaroslava Obermaierová (Markéta)
Awards:
San Sebastian 1969, Moskva/Moscow 1979, Berlinale 1983


DateHourLocation 
Mon, 12.11.2018 21:00 Slovenian Cinematheque
Fri, 16.11.2018 17:00 Slovenian Cinematheque

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Description:
Controversial and anti-communist, The Joke is one of the last films of the Czech New Wave movement. An adaptation of a novel by the legendary Milan Kundera who co-wrote the script with Jireš before publishing his own work.

Ludvik, the embittered and cynical protagonist and first-person narrator (recounting his fragmentary tale), is expelled from the Communist Party because of a political joke, a funny postcard he has sent to his girlfriend, a sworn communist. After 'rehabilitation' in the mines and a stint in prison, he hatches a revenge plot against the former friend who betrayed him.

"Lying in art should be outlawed! And irresponsibility too. For words and for actions. Everyone should be deemed responsible for their actions. Only thus would we be able to restore honour to our work." (Věra Chytilová)
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