Skip to main content

LEMONADE JOE

Czechoslovakia, 1964 (MIFF 1965)

Director: Oldrich Lipsky

Here the Czechs have taken a classic American folk-form, the Western, and shot it full of holes. This is the story of a folk-hero named Lemonade Joe whose exploits would astonish those other great cowboys, Bronco Billy Anderson and William S. Hart, who rode the Purple Sage.

It all begins with a bang-up saloon fight replete with timid pianist, heavies and torch singer. Into this scene comes a preacher, with a shy but beautiful daughter, and Lemonade Joe, a white-clad avenger of wrongs who mops up the place.

Since, in the classic Westerns, it is traditional for Virtue always to triumph over Vice, it should not be surprising if the moral of Lemondate Joe turns out to be somewhat different. The Czechs have tilted at convention with good humour, and have reproduced the American Western milieu of the 19th century wiih remarkable accuracy.

Second Prize, San Sebastian Festival.

See also...

NICK CARTER IN PRAGUE

The famous American detective, Nick Carter, is summoned from his New York office by Chief of Police, Inspector Kaunitz of Prague to solve The Mystery of the Century. Countess Thunova's beloved Gert ... More »

DIAMONDS OF THE NIGHT

Towards the close of the war, two boys escape from a Nazi transport and plunge desperately through a forest. Gradually as their minds start to wander, memories, hallucinations and desires rise and ... More »

A JESTER'S TALE

This satirical anti-war romance is set during the period of the Thirty Years' War. The action starts in 1625, when "press gongs" rounded up reluctant young men for the army, where they fought and ... More »

THE LOVES OF A BLONDE

The Loves of a Blonde confirms the exceptionally engaging talent of Milos Forman, revealed last year in his Peter and Pavla. The heroine, blonde Andula, all wide-eyed innocence, works in a factory ... More »

LOVE BETWEEN THE RAINDROPS

A social fresco set in Zizkov, a working-class suburb of Prague, between 1925 and 1939. The central idea of the narrative is the fate of the family of a small trader, Vincenc Bursik. He moved to ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director