With sixteen women to each man, the odds are against Andula in her desperate search for love—that is, until a rakish piano player visits her small factory town and temporarily eases her longings. A tender and humorous look at Andula’s journey, from the first pangs of romance to its inevitable disappointments, Loves of a Blonde (Lásky jedné plavovlásky) immediately became a classic of the Czech New Wave and earned Miloš Forman the first of his Academy Award nominations. —The Criterion Collection
Forman grew up in a small town near Prague. Orphaned when his parents, a Jewish professor and a Protestant housewife, died in Nazi concentration camps, he was reared by two uncles and family friends. In the mid-1950s Forman studied at the film school of the University of Prague. Upon graduating he wrote two screenplays, the first of which, Nechte to na mn (“Leave It to Me”), was filmed in 1955 by noted Czech director Martin Fri. Forman in 1957 was himself an assistant director on the second of these screenplays, a situation comedy entitled Stenata (“The Puppies”).
Throughout the late 1950s and early ‘60s Forman acted as either writer or assistant director on other films. He directed his first major productions in 1963: Cerný Petr (Black Peter) and Konkurs (Talent Competition). These films had great success both domestically and on the international festival circuit, and Forman was hailed as a major talent of the Czech New Wave. His early films… read more
Didn't love this, didn't hate it. The story kind of evenly depressed me but the adorableness of Hana Brejchovou was enough to keep me going. The scenes with Milda's parents and his mother's interrogation of Andula was pleasantly Woody Allen-esque and probably the best scene in the movie.
Early bittersweet film from Forman that though slight in story is somewhat poignant regardless. Brejchovou is quite charming as the easily cajoled young girl who takes a young man at his word regarding his undying love and follows him to Praque much to his dismay and even more his mothers!!! The mothers interrogation of young Andula is the very essence of black comedy.