I Served the King of England (film)
I Served the King of England is a 2006 Czech comedy film written and directed by Jiří Menzel, based on the novel I Served the King of England by Bohumil Hrabal. It is Menzel's sixth adaptation of the works of Hrabal for film; the film was released in the United Kingdom and in the United States in 2008. Jan Dítě has been released from a Czech prison just before the end of his 15-year sentence and is settling in a town near the border between Czechoslovakia and Germany, he occupies his time with rebuilding a deserted house, begins to recall his past, where he says that his main wish in life was to be a millionaire. Jan begins his career as a frankfurter vendor at a railroad station, learns the power of money and the influence it exerts over people. At one point during his reminiscences, a young woman and her older traveling companion, a professor, settle in the area. Jan and Marcela develop a mutual attraction; the film continues to alternate between past and present, as the relationship between the older Jan and the new neighbors develops.
In the restaurant, the younger Jan has a number of affairs with various women, including an actress and a prostitute at a brothel. He gradually moves into more prestigious work settings, including a stint at a spa, the Hotel Tichota, where he has an affair with a maid there. Jan finds employment in Prague at the Hotel Paříž, where he falls under the tutelage of the Maître d', Skřivánek, who claims that he once served the King of England. Jan serves the Emperor of Ethiopia at one occasion; the Emperor tries to award a medal to Skřivánek, but because he is short in height, cannot place the award around Skřivánek's neck. Jan is short enough for the Emperor to reach, maneuvers into place to receive the medal in place of Skřivánek. With the annexation of Czechoslovakia by the Third Reich, Jan falls in love with Liza, a young Sudeten German woman who worships Adolf Hitler, she agrees to marry him only after he proves that he is of pure Aryan descent through medical examination. During the occupation, the other waiters and the hotel manager, express their contempt for the German occupiers by trying to be as unhelpful in their service as possible.
Jan is the only member of the waitstaff not to express symbolic resistance in this manner. Brandejs dismisses Jan for this reason, says that Jan will be blacklisted from employment in any Prague establishment; when Jan and Liza appear as patrons, after Jan mocks Skřivánek that serving the King of England has done him no good in life, Skřivánek pours food over Jan in protest. Skřivánek is taken away by the occupying authorities and never seen again. During World War II, Jan works in an institute the Hotel Tichota, where German women reside to breed a new "master race" with selected soldiers; because the owner, Mr Tichota, uses a wheelchair, he has been displaced as its owner and is never seen again. In the meantime, Liza serves as a nurse on the Russian front, she returns with valuable stamps taken from the homes of Polish-Jewish families. As the war progresses and the tide turns against the German, the women are displaced from the facility, wounded and amputee soldiers replace them. Near the end of the war, the facility is attacked, the soldiers and staff are evacuated.
Liza tries to retrieve the stamps to use after the war, but dies when the roof of the hospital collapses. Jan finds Liza's body with her holding the box of stamps, pries them from her hands. After the war, the stamps' value allows Jan to become a wealthy hotelier, in the same Hotel Tichota premises. After the Communists take power in Czechoslovakia in 1948, Jan loses his property and wealth when he tells the Communist resistance that he himself is a millionaire, he is sentenced to prison for 15 years: one year for each million of his fortune. In prison, he sees that Brandejs and the other wealthy customers are prisoners. Jan tries to sit among them. Marcela and the professor leave the area. Jan completes the restoration of his home and releases the stamps by letting the winds blow them into the valley. Ivan Barnev as Jan Dítě, as a young man Oldrich Kaiser as Jan Dítě, as an older man Julia Jentsch as Liza Martin Huba as Skřivánek Marián Labuda as Walden Milan Lasica as Professor Zuzana Fialová as Marcela Josef Abrhám as Brandejs Jaromír Dulava as Karel Pavel Nový as General István Szabó as stock marketeer Petra Hřebíčková as Jaruška I Served the King of England received positive reviews from critics.
As of 8 March 2018, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 80% of critics rated the film positively based on 86 reviews, with an average rating of 7.2/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "With charm and an eye for life's bittersweet moments, Czech New Wave master Jiri Menzel paints a picaresque story with whimsy and intellect." Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 72 out of 100 based on 26 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews". The film appeared on some critics' top ten lists of the best films of 2008. Peter Rainer of The Christian Science Monitor named it the 6th best film of 2008, Dennis Harvey of Variety named it the eighth best film of 2008, it received the Gopo Award for Best European Film in 2009, meaning it was the European film which achieved the best box office success in Romania in 2008. I Served the King of England on IMDb I Served the King of England at Box Office Mojo I Served the King of England at Rotten Tomatoes I Served the King of England at Metacritic CFN Entry Review in The Prague Post
Protector (2009 film)
Protector is a 2009 Czech film directed by Marek Najbrt. It is a story of Hana and Emil Vrbata, a couple living in German-occupied Czechoslovakia, in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, during World War II; the general reception by the Czech press and the audience was positive. It was selected as the Czech Republic's submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 82nd Academy Awards, it is 1938 and the Nazis are just one step away from invading and occupying Czechoslovakia. Hana is a young Czech film actress who happens to be Jewish, she has just appeared in her first feature with her leading man, an older Jewish actor, who warns her that her career is over and that their picture will never see the light of day since the Nazis will never allow its release. He hands her a forged passport and papers to get out of the country but she throws them in the trash, not believing what he says about the imminent German invasion; as the filming of the'film within a film' is on the verge of completion, we see the two actors riding stationery bicycles with a moving image in the background.
As was the usual practice in creating films in earlier days, the illusion of motion is created when the moving image flickers in the background but the object in the foreground is static. This bicyclist becomes a symbol for the man who pedals furiously but is going nowhere; that man is the Czech everyman of 1938 who wishes to escape his tragic circumstances but in reality remains motionless, trapped by the forces of tyranny. Throughout the film, we catch glimpses of the film's protagonist, pedaling furiously, superimposed over the screen's larger canvas. Hana is married to Emil, a journalist, conscripted by collaborating Czech officials at the radio station where he works to serve as a radio announcer after a colleague, who will not keep his opinions about the Germans to himself, is taken away by occupying forces and executed. Emil, no hard core collaborator, cooperates to protect his wife from being deported to the death camps. Emil's boss at the radio station is a Nazi sympathizer who offers him the job with the understanding that no one will bother him about his wife.
Soon, Emil has become popular hosting a cultural program in Prague entitled "Voices of Our Home". Meanwhile Hana becomes bored sitting at home and jeopardizes Emil's position by leaving their apartment to attend the cinema; as Hana is rebellious and exasperated, she refuses to accept how risky her position is as a Jew in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. She is arrested leaving the cinema after curfew, rescued by former medical student, now morphine-addicted projectionist, Petr; as tensions arise, Emil begins having an affair with former colleague and former lover of Franta, Vera. Vera is now engaged to his boss, after dumping Franta for not being able to "listen." After figuring out Emil is having an affair, Hana begins seeing Petr more and more, as they both begin to take up the dangerous hobby of Petr taking pictures Hana in front of Anti-Jewish shop signs. He wants to go to bed with her but she resists his advances allowing him, however, to take pictures of her in the nude. At this point in the film, things slow down as Hana is no longer talking to Emil with the conflict between the two principals, grinding to a halt.
Hana's former film co-star shows up at their apartment having just escaped from a death transport. Emil is horrified that Hana allows him to take a bath in the apartment and throws him out on the street. Enraged at Emil for throwing her ex-colleague out, Hana dons her blond wig and adopts the persona of her character from her movie and crashes Emil's boss's wedding. Emil is on the verge of being fired for his'transgression' when Reich Protector Heydrich is assassinated by Czech partisans. Nazi soldiers discover Hana is in the apartment; when they realize who Emil is, they take no action against Hana, despite the fact that the soldiers know she is Jewish. The Nazis broadcast a description of a bicycle used by one of the partisans who has killed Heydrich. Emil has another affair with a gossip columnist and takes her family's bicycle back to his apartment and attempts to hide it. Now Emil's boss orders him to prove his loyalty by reading a loyalty oath over the airwaves after the Heydrich assassination places all Czech citizens in jeopardy.
Meanwhile, Hana has come down to earth. However, when Emil's second lover comes to Hana for help after she saw Emil get taken away, Hana realizes where the bike is from and believes that Emil was never on her side after all, she packs her belongings to go find Petr ripping off her wedding ring. She finds Petr under the influence of morphine and watching her first feature film; the Nazis hear the loud music and arrest him, with Hana getting away. After she has realized that there is nothing left to live for, she turns herself into the authorities. Emil decides not to show up at the broadcast to read the loyalty oath to go looking for Hana, riding the bike, believed to belong to the man who assassinated the Reich Protector. Emil finds her in a crowd of Jews being marched to the death transports, he stands impassively with the bike blocking the group's path. Nazi soldiers drag him to the side of the road, he runs to meet Hana in the crowd and they gaze at each other. Emil is attacked for a second time as Hana is marched away.
Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a critic score of 63% based on 8 reviews with an average rating of 5.5. Krzysztof Kieslowski Award for best featu
Little Otik known as Greedy Guts, is a 2000 Czech film by Jan Švankmajer and Eva Švankmajerová. Based on the folktale Otesánek by K. J. Erben, the film is a comedic live action, stop motion-animated feature film set in an apartment building in the Czech Republic; the film uses the Overture to Der Freischutz by Carl Maria von Weber as the score. Karel Horák and Božena Horáková are a childless couple and for medical reasons are doomed to remain so. While on vacation with their neighbors at a house in the country, Karel decides to buy the house at the suggestion of his neighbor; when he is fixing up the house, he digs up a tree stump. He spends the rest of the evening cleaning it up and presents it to his wife, she starts to treat it like a real baby. She works out a plan to fake her pregnancy and becoming more and more impatient she speeds up the process and'gives birth' one month early. Otík has an insatiable appetite. Alžbětka, the neighbor's daughter, has been suspicious all along, when she reads the fairy tale about Otesánek, the truth becomes clear to her.
Meanwhile, little Otík has been just growing. At one point he eats some of Božena's hair, another day she returns home to find that Otík has eaten their cat. Karel and his wife are at odds with Karel pushing for killing the thing and Božena defending it as their child; the baby consumes a postal worker and a social worker. The resulting deaths lead Karel to tie up and lock Otík away in the basement of their apartment building, leaving Otík to starve. Alžbětka secretly takes over as prime caretaker, she tries to keep Otík fed with normal human food, when her mother stops her, she is forced to drawing straws to choose a person to feed to Otík. The chosen victim is an old man and pedophile, Mr. Žlábek, stalking her recently. Deciding she cannot take the stalking anymore, Alžbětka lures Mr. Žlábek to the basement where he gets entangled by Otik's vines and devoured. Karel himself becomes a victim when he comes into the basement with a chainsaw but on seeing Otík he hesitates and calls him "son" before dropping the chainsaw.
Afterwards, Božena is heard screaming. In the end, Otík disobeys Alžbětka despite repeated warnings and eats all of Mrs. Správcová's cabbage patch, prompting the old woman to take charge. In the fairy tale upon which the movie is based, the old woman kills Otesánek by splitting his stomach open with a hoe. Veronika Žilková as Božena Horáková Jan Hartl as Karel Horák Kristina Adamcová as Alžbětka Jaroslava Kretschmerová as Alžbětka's Mother Pavel Nový as Alžbětka's Father Dagmar Stríbrná as Pani spravcova Zdenek Kozák as Mr. Žlábek Gustav Vondracek as Mládek, the postman Jitka Smutná as Bulanková, the social worker On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 84% based on 43 reviews, with a weighted average rating of 7/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Though rather overlong, Little Otik is a whimsical, bizarre treat."Little Otik was placed at 95 on Slant Magazine's best films of the 2000s. Otesánek on IMDb Otesánek at Rotten Tomatoes Otesánek at AllMovie
Karel Plíhal is a Czech folk and jazz musician, singer and record producer. He graduated from the Industrial College of Engineering and worked as a designer and boilerman in the Olomouc theatre becoming a singer, he has played the guitar. First, he played in various underground country-swing bands in Olomouc: Hučka, Falešní hráči and Plíharmonyje, he produced his first solo album in 1983. Between 1985 and 1993, Plíhal worked with Emil Pospíšil, from 1995 to 1999 he produced music with Petr Freund, he has won four Porta folk music awards as of 2006. His 2005 album Karel Plíhal in Olomouc was recorded in his home town in Moravia in a 2004 concert. Plíhal has composed music for numerous productions at the Moravian Theatre in Olomouc, among others Zlatovláska, Sluha dvou pánů, Utrpení Dona Perlimplína, Manon Lescaut, Zimní pohádka, Pašije and Giroflé-Giroflá, he has set music to a few of Josef Kainar's poems, he has directed recording for albums by artists such as Jarek Nohavica, Petr Fiala, Eben brothers and Bokomara band.
He starred as himself in Petr Zelenka's mockumentary Year of the Devil. Vzduchoprazdniny - Karel Plíhal v Olomouci - two CD recording of a concert in Olomouc Karel Plíhal v Telči - DVD recording of a concert in Telč Nebe počká – poems of Josef Kainar, in collaboration with Zuzana Navarová Rok Ďábla – music for the movie of the same name Kluziště - album with new arrangements of old songs Napadl Sníh - a single released as a Christmas CD of Česká spořitelna Králíci, ptáci a hvězdy Takhle nějak to bylo... Karel Plíhal 1985-89 – summary edition of the two previous albums with added song Žlutí sokoli Karel Plíhal... Emil Pospíšil... Karel Plíhal Plíharmonyje - concert bootleg Mávej, mávej - concert bootleg Karel Plíhal - official site Radio Prague "Musician and songwriter Karel Plíhal releases album to celebrate 25-year career" 31 March 2005 retrieved 10 March 2006
In the Shadow (2012 film)
In the Shadow is a 2012 Czech crime film directed by David Ondříček. The film was selected as the Czech entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, but it did not make the final shortlist. Ivan Trojan as Captain Hakl Sebastian Koch as Major Zenke Soňa Norisová as Jitka Jiří Štěpnička as Pánek David Švehlík as Beno Marek Taclík as Bareš Filip Antonio as Tom Martin Myšička as Jílek Miroslav Krobot as Kirsch Halka Třešňáková as Translator Simona Babčáková as Zena z výzkumáku In the Shadow won nine Czech Lions at the 2012 awards. List of submissions to the 85th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film List of Czech submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film In the Shadow on IMDb
Crystal Globe is the main award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, first given in the Czech Republic city of Karlovy Vary in 1948. In the international film competition, IFFKV presents the following awards:Official selection awards Grand Prix - Crystal Globe for best feature film Special Jury Prize Best Director Award Best Actress Award Best Actor AwardOther awards East of the West Award Grand Prix for Best Documentary Film Festival President’s Award Právo Audience Award Non-statutory awards The official festival site / History Archived page of the official festival site includes more information about the award winners