Films By Jiri Menzel

In an atmosphere of placid leisure and late-middle-aged tedium vitae, three provincial gentlemen accept their lot with philosophical detachment. Enter an acrobat-magician and his beautiful blonde assistant. In the village priest, the retired army officer, and the lakeside boathouse owner, dormant sensuality is suddenly awakened to goad them into reckless abandon in an endeavour to recapture their ... Read more
The locale is a small railway station somewhere in Bohemia during the Second World War. Nothing much happens here, except that some shabby carriages come to a brief stop or, now and then, a German transport passes by. There are only a few people around: the old stationmaster, the assistant, and Milos the apprentice—a frightened faun of a youth, all eyes and knobbly knees. The film tells of the mis... Read more
WITH HIS LATEST FILM, Jiri Menzel takes us to a time not so long ago but worlds away, to a beautifully appointed country estate in Southern Bohemia after the First World War. ... The End Of Old Times recounts the sudden arrival and fortuitous adventures of the myste¬rious Duke Alexey Magalrogov. With valet in tow, the aristocrat cuts an elegant figure amidst the hunting party gathering; the "lord"... Read more
“A saga of opportunism, identity, money, sex and, of course, beer. And sex.” - Variety After realising even the wealthiest man will get down on his hands and knees to pick up loose change, the vertically challenged Jan Díte decides he only wants one thing in life - to be a millionaire. Over four decades, his escapades take him from hot dog vendor to recluse in the pursuit of money and women. This ... Read more
A FULL 21 YEARS after it was made, Jiri Menzel's Larks on a String is finally off the shelf. Menzel's film, a courageous, bittersweet comedy of considerable charm and invention, is now being seen publicly for the first time and can be enjoyed at last. ... The film was made at the end of the Golden Age of Czech cinema. In 1967 Menzel won an Academy Award for his first feature Closely Watched Trains... Read more
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