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136 Ratings

Capricious Summer

Rozmarné léto

Directed by Jiří Menzel
Czechoslovakia, 1968


Two years after his worldwide hit Closely Watched Trains, Jiří Menzel directed this amusing idyll about three middle-aged men whose mellow summer is interrupted by the arrival of a circus performer and his beautiful assistant.

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Capricious Summer Directed by Jiří Menzel

Critics reviews

Watching her perform a pantomime of the high wire act in form-fitting pink cloth jumpsuit is unspeakably sensual. Watching the men watching her is an immensely joy. Menzel works wonders with hidden depths. What looks like an attempted rape ends in an unexpected nap; the look on Preissová’s face when she realizes what’s happened is almost enough to give this film the top prize [at Cannes].
February 13, 2014
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