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DELAYED AFTERNOON OF THE FAUN

Czechoslovakia, 1983 (MIFF 1986)

Director: Vera Chytilov√°

A morality comedy which looks at an old theme from a new angle. Faun, an ageing libertine with a stylistic flair for seducing young girls. is at heart. just a man terrified of old age and death.

He is the epitome of a pleasure-seeking egotist. Finally realising how iIi-spent his years have been he seeks both solace and excitement in the younger generation. A cultivated intelligent man, he panics when he realises he cannot keep up with them, and loneliness threatens to settle in. A compassionate film that becomes a sharply critical analysis of the petit bourgeois.

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