Ridiculous farce full of dirty humor and hilarious official ineptitude set during WWII. Typical communist glorification of the war is trounced upon in this free flowing new wave depiction of how humor and human foibles continue even in war. Very likely the funniest WWII film.
Coming soon to a theatre near you, the story of a young man's propensity for ejaculatio praecox.. Flippancy aside, this Oscar-winning charmer from the heyday of the Czech New Wave is touching and sentimental but with a real sting in the tail to remind us of the seriousness of its setting, a sleepy little backwater village under Nazi occupation. A wonderfully funny celebration of frustration, eroticism and adventure..
More of a 3 1/2 than a 3 star rating, I found that this seminal piece of Czech New Wave has an astoundingly strong first act and fairly weak third. It has moments of greatness and certainly piqued my interest in this particular wave of Euro Cinema. I would say it's worth checking out. It's a great coming of age film.
In 1967, Time called CWT "a series of contradictions: a tragic comedy, a peaceful war movie, a success story of a failure" - all fitting descriptions of this coming-of-age tale of the descendent of a long line of eccentrics. The mid-section was droll, and I didn't care for the comedic flourishes provided by the incidental music, but there is a sweetness about the film's charming characters and crisp cinematography.