Sehr kurzweilige und humorvolle, manchmal etwas zu sehr in den Slapstik abgleitende Darstellung der Tschechei von den 20ern bis zu den 50ern des letzten Jahrhunderts. Sogar die Nazizeit wurde humorvoll-nachdenklich und ohne erhobenen Finger behandelt. Die Gesamtdarstellung des Films erinnerte mich übrigens oft an die damals dort gedrehten Kinder- und Märchenfilme, die ich als Kind im TV gesehen habe.
It was the first time I remember seeing the lead character being a anti-hero that makes an incredible bad choice: he is a collaborationist during the nazi regime. The screenplay is able to make humour in which the nazis are not made fun by exagerating their bad character, violence, or other villain traits, which is usually the correct way to make humour. Instead, it plays with arian clichés and myths, brilliantly.
In 2006 Jiri Menzel added another strong entry to his body of work with this tongue in cheek story of a Czech looking back on his youth and his experiences through WWII which eventually led him to imprisonment. A study of manners, greed, selfishness and the political winds of change. Ranks amongst Menzel's best ( 'Closely Watched Trains', 'My Sweet Little Villiage', 'Larks on a String').
A witty comedy with a cynic approach on the most important issues for men: money, power and young women. The storytelling jokes on human condition, capitalism, nazism as well as the life of the main character which is portrayed as a series of situation frames.The openness on so sensitive issues brought some sarcasm to the narrative. The cinematography deserves to be quoted due to the amazing scenarios it produced.