Evald Schorm was one of the most politically outspoken of the Czech New Wave filmmakers. This raw psychological drama about an engineer unable to adjust to the world around him following his suicide attempt is at heart a scathing portrait of social alienation and moral compromise. —The Criterion Collection
Evald Schorm was born on December 15, 1931 in Prague, and died on December 14, 1988 also in Prague. He spent his childhood and youth on a family homestead in Elbančice near Mladá Vožice where he also attended elementary school. He yearned to become an opera singer but instead, obeying his father’s wishes, he took up studies at a trade school in Tábor in 1946. They expelled him in 1950 for being “a son of a kulak”, and his family was displaced to the town of Zličín. He worked as a tractor driver. In 1951 he was allowed to take his graduation exam and afterwards he earned his living as a builder. He went through military service from 1952 – 1954 and then took up a singing job in the Army Art Company of Vít Nejedlý. He repeatedly attempted to pass entrance exams for acting school but eventually he graduated in film directing at FAMU, under professor Otakar Vávra. Among his schoolmates were Věra Chytilová, JiřI Menzel and Jan Schmidt. His graduate project was the introspective The Tourist… read more
Think of this as the Pierrot from behind the iron curtain. Equally as histrionic and frenetic, but its absurdism is darker, oneiric, more pyschologically elaborate and paced. Brejchová's little stumbles and Kačer's mopey wayfarers are beautiful counterparts to Karina's violent enchantress eyes and Belmondo's cigarettes. Easily my favorite film of this genre.