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Jirí Menzel

  • Feb 23, 1938 (age 81)

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2018
The Interpreter
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MovieFeb 23, 2018

The Interpreter

80-year-old Ali Ungar comes across a book by a former …
80-year-old Ali Ungar comes across a book by a former SS officer describing his wartime activities in Slovakia. He realises his parents were executed by him. He sets out to take revenge but finds instead his 70-year-old son, Georg, a retired teacher. Georg, who had avoided his father all his life, decides to find out more about him and offers Ali to be his interpreter. The two old men, in everything opposite, embark on a bittersweet journey to meet surviving witnesses of the wartime tragedy. They discover a country eager to forget its past. They realise their memories are fragments mixed with their imagination and interpretation. They connect in silence and manage to discover their own identity.
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2013
The Don Juans
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MovieAug 27, 2013

The Don Juans

An opera troupe in a small town decides to perform Mozart's …
An opera troupe in a small town decides to perform Mozart's Don Giovanni. The view behind the scenes uncovers the world of opera without the glitter. A tale of love and disappointment, about music and passionate love-making and about people that live their lives in spite of the opera.
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2012
The Door
MovieMar 8, 2012

The Door

The Door (Hungarian: Az ajtó) is a 2012 English-language …
The Door (Hungarian: Az ajtó) is a 2012 English-language Hungarian drama film directed by István Szabó and starring Martina Gedeck and Helen Mirren. It is based on the Hungarian novel of the same name concerning the relationship of a novelist (Gedeck) and her eccentric maid (Mirren) in early-1970s Hungary.
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Signal
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MovieFeb 16, 2012

Signal

Two young technicians, Filos (Vojtech Dyk) and Kája …
Two young technicians, Filos (Vojtech Dyk) and Kája (Krystof Hádek), come to a small village that is a bit cut off from the rest of the world in order to find the best place to install a ...
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2011
Jirí Menzel: 7 Questions
MovieMar 28, 2011

Jirí Menzel: 7 Questions

An idiosyncratic reflection on …
An idiosyncratic reflection on the film Larks on a String and its history, shot by it's director Jiri Menzel.
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2009
Operation Danube
MovieJul 10, 2009

Operation Danube

In 1968, Czechoslovakia is on the verge of a revolution, and …
In 1968, Czechoslovakia is on the verge of a revolution, and Polish troops are sent into the country to put down the insurgence. Romek is a Polish soldier who has been having an affair with the wife of his commanding officer. While Romek believes the officer is unaware of the infidelity, he senses that his cover has been blown when he's assigned to roll across the Czech border in a broken-down old tank that barely runs. As Romek and his comrades make their way into Czechoslovakia, they get lost. Things get worse when they crash into a small town tavern, where many of the locals are throwing a party for the local postmaster. The arrival of Romek and his fellow Poles is not welcomed with enthusiasm by the Czechs. But when the soldiers realize their tank is not going anywhere, they convince some of the locals to help them.
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Zurnal FAMU - První obcasník
MovieApr 24, 2009

Zurnal FAMU - První obcasník

Zurnal FAMU - První obcasník released.
2007
A bárány utolsó megkísértése
MovieDec 15, 2007

A bárány utolsó megkísértése

1919, Vienna. A barber, …
1919, Vienna. A barber, Leopold Bloom could have saved the 20th century.
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Teddy Bear
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MovieSep 6, 2007

Teddy Bear

Romantic comedy about complex relationships of three married …
Romantic comedy about complex relationships of three married couples, focusing on their marriage and infidelity.
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Best European Film
Nomination2007

Best European Film

Nominated for "I Served the King of England".
European Film Academy People's Choice Award
2006
I Served the King of England
MovieDec 19, 2006

I Served the King of England

Czechoslovakia, 1963. Jan …
Czechoslovakia, 1963. Jan Díte is released from prison after serving 15 years. He goes into semi exile in a deserted village near the German border. In flashbacks, he tells his story: he's a small, clever and quick-witted young man, stubbornly naïve, a vendor at a train station. Thanks to a patron, he becomes a waiter at upscale hotels and restaurants. We see him discover how the wealthy tick and how to please women. He strives to be a millionaire with his own hotel. Before the war, he meets Líza, a German woman in Prague. Is this his ticket to wealth or his undoing? Meanwhile, we see Jan putting a life together after prison: why was he sentenced, and who will he become?
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Relatives
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MovieJan 31, 2006

Relatives

Young honest public official is sworn in after his …
Young honest public official is sworn in after his predecessor had to leave due to a corruption scandal. Soon, the young idealist discovers just how far-reaching the corruption is in his town and how easy it is to become corrupt yourself.
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2004
Colossal Sensation
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MovieDec 23, 2004

Colossal Sensation

Colossal Sensation is a 2004 comedy film written by Péter …
Colossal Sensation is a 2004 comedy film written by Péter Horváth and Róbert Koltai and directed by Róbert Koltai.
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Olga Menzelová
Marriage2004

Olga Menzelová

Olga Menzelová was born on January 25, 1978 in Prague, …
Olga Menzelová was born on January 25, 1978 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. She is an actress and producer, known for Donsajni (2013), Uvolnete se, prosím (2004) and Neobycejné zivoty (2009).
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2002
Ten Minutes Older: The Cello
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MovieSep 3, 2002

Ten Minutes Older: The Cello

Collection of short films the …
Collection of short films the summaries of which include; a foreign man moving to Italy, getting married and having a child; a four split scene short involving plot-less images of old ...
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1999
All My Loved Ones
MovieOct 21, 1999

All My Loved Ones

Told from the perspective of man reflecting on his childhood in …
Told from the perspective of man reflecting on his childhood in Prague in the early years of World War 2 and the eventual destruction of his family as the Nazis rise to power.
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1998
Joint Venture
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MovieApr 24, 1998

Joint Venture

Joint Venture released.
1997
Franciska vasárnapjai
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MovieApr 3, 1997

Franciska vasárnapjai

Franciska vasárnapjai released.
1993
Everything I Like
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MovieSep 14, 1993

Everything I Like

At 38, Thomas is at a crossroads in his life. His parents are …
At 38, Thomas is at a crossroads in his life. His parents are nonstop guilt-inducers, his ex-wife is always on his back, and his son is far from inspirational. Thomas himself is almost too intellectual to survive daily life. The attentions of a straightforward English teacher seem to be a way out.
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The Little Apocalypse
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MovieFeb 10, 1993

The Little Apocalypse

An unknown Polish writer …
An unknown Polish writer can't publish his novels, so his ex-wife decides to help him and get some of the profit for herself. She finally finds a publisher, but there's a strange single condition that could cost the writer his life.
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1991
The Elementary School
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MovieAug 1, 1991

The Elementary School

The time is 1945-46. 10 year …
The time is 1945-46. 10 year old Eda and his friend Tonda live in a small village outside Prague. In school, their class is so wild and indisciplined that their teacher quits and is replaced by the militant Igor Hnidzo. He is very strict - but also very just. His weakness is his interest in young women.
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1990
Larks on a String
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MovieJan 1, 1990

Larks on a String

Set in the late 1940s, the film concerns the treatment of …
Set in the late 1940s, the film concerns the treatment of suspect "bourgeois elements", a professor, a saxophonist, and a milkman, who are put to work in a junkyard for rehabilitation.
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Golden Bear
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Award1990

Golden Bear

Won award for "Larks on a String".
1987
Run, He Is Coming!
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MovieJan 27, 1987

Run, He Is Coming!

A comedy about happiness, Indian magic and adultery. One day …
A comedy about happiness, Indian magic and adultery. One day Mr and Mrs Sysel happen to solve the problem of lacking enough room in their tiny flat. They break through the wall into their neighbour's comfortable flat, from which they borrow not only additional square feets of space, but things of his personal property as well.
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1986
Best International Feature Film
Nomination1986

Best International Feature Film

Nominated for "My Sweet Little Village".
Academy Award
1985
My Sweet Little Village
MovieAug 1, 1985

My Sweet Little Village

Comedy about the people …
Comedy about the people who inhabit a small town. For years the overbearing Pavek has endured Otik, the "town idiot," sharing his meals and the front seat of their dump truck. But Otik is such a sweet-natured fool that Pavek, exasperated as he becomes, always relents on his threats to find another partner. This Laurel and Hardy-like pair are at the heart of a comedy which finds humor in an abundance of everyday situations. The town doctor regularly wrecks his car because he's admiring the scenery, a romantic teenager develops a hopeless crush on his sister's schoolteacher, and an adulterous housewife and her boyfriend are just one step ahead of her suspicious, hot-headed husband.
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1984
Felhöjáték
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MovieFeb 29, 1984

Felhöjáték

Felhöjáték released.
The Snowdrop Festival
MovieJan 1, 1984

The Snowdrop Festival

This movie is based on texts …
This movie is based on texts of Bohumil Hrabal, world-known Czech prosaic. It's a story (in a form of a mosaic of short episodes and pictures) about the sadness and happiness of inhabitants...
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1982
Upír z Feratu
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MovieMay 1, 1982

Upír z Feratu

A doctor Marek is shocked when his beloved nurse Mima …
A doctor Marek is shocked when his beloved nurse Mima signs a contract with foreign car manufacturer Ferat, in order to work for them as a rally-driver. A fellow doctor makes him believe ...
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1981
Cutting It Short
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MovieFeb 1, 1981

Cutting It Short

Francin (Jirí Schmitzer), manager of a small-town brewery, has …
Francin (Jirí Schmitzer), manager of a small-town brewery, has a charming wife whose abundant blonde locks are an adornment to the town. Maryska (Magda Vásáryová) looks ethereal but loves meat and beer, while Francin is an ascetic. The strict members of the brewery board of directors come to audit the accounts, but are diverted from concentrating on Francin's detailed reports by Maryska, who has organized a pig-killing feast and is ably assisting the butcher. When she invites the old curmudgeons on the board to enjoy the fresh pork, they are too happy to agree. Francin doesn't know whether he is going to get a permanent contract. To make things worse his brother Pepin (Jaromír Hanzlík) - eccentric, noisy and garrulous - turns up on an indefinite visit.
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1980
Koportos
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MovieFeb 14, 1980

Koportos

Koportos released.
1979
Those Wonderful Movie Cranks
MovieAug 1, 1979

Those Wonderful Movie Cranks

Returning home to Prague, …
Returning home to Prague, the magician Pasparte (Rudolf Hrusínský), an owner of a circus caravan, meets his dying colleague who entrusts his beautiful daughter Aloisie (Hana Buresová) to ...
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1977
The Apple Game
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MovieNov 1, 1977

The Apple Game

Doctor John, who works in a Prague maternity hospital …
Doctor John, who works in a Prague maternity hospital while still living at home with his mother, is a self-assured philanderer who seduces a young nurse, Anna, and makes her pregnant. All the while he has two other girlfriends on the go, a flighty young hippy who lives with her boyfriend, and the slightly older wife of his doctor colleague who discovers their liaison and is not best pleased. Doctor John can't decide which of the women he prefers, and the ensuing anxiety causes him to mess up his medical research to the point where his professor boss sacks him. John then goes in search of Anna (who has resigned her job and left Prague) to persuade her that she's the one, and he tracks her down to a maternity home in the countryside. She turns him down.
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30 panen a Pythagoras
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MovieSep 1, 1977

30 panen a Pythagoras

Thirty female students in a …
Thirty female students in a second-year grammar school are resisting the efforts of old professor Machacek to teach them Pythagoras' theorem. But then, via a collective classroom vision, ...
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1976
Seclusion Near a Forest
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MovieSep 1, 1976

Seclusion Near a Forest

The Lavicka's, a Czech …
The Lavicka's, a Czech family from the city, rents a house in the country with the option to buy. However, old Mr Komarek seems reluctant to sell the house as they agreed.
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1972
Straw Hat
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MovieMar 24, 1972

Straw Hat

Fadinard is on the way to his wedding when his horse …
Fadinard is on the way to his wedding when his horse picks up and eats a straw hat. The owner of the hat is a married woman who, at the time, is in the embrace of a French officer, ...
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1969
The Cremator
MovieMar 14, 1969

The Cremator

Kopfrkingl enjoys his job at a crematorium in …
Kopfrkingl enjoys his job at a crematorium in Czechoslovakia in the late 1930s. He likes reading the Tibetan book of the dead, and espouses the view that cremation relieves earthly suffering. At a reception, he meets Reineke, with whom he fought for Austria in the first World War. Reineke convinces Kopfrkingl to emphasize his supposedly German heritage, including sending his timid son to the German school. Reineke then suggests that Kopfrkingl's half-Jewish wife is holding back his advancement in his job.
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Best Film
Nomination1969

Best Film

Nominated for "Closely Watched Trains".
BAFTA Award
1968
Crime in a Music Hall
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MovieDec 20, 1968

Crime in a Music Hall

Crime in the café-concert is …
Crime in the café-concert is both a comedy and a detective anti-totalitarian allegory set in a Prague's old cabaret. The star is a local singer who has fallen in love with the Minister of Justice. The plot revolves around the theft of a necklace of pearls and the murder of a juggler. A busybody employee is immersed in the web of intrigue with a law student.
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Capricious Summer
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MovieMay 24, 1968

Capricious Summer

Middle-aged Antonin and his friends, the major, now …
Middle-aged Antonin and his friends, the major, now retired, and the canon, are in the river, swimming and philosophizing. Then it starts to rain. It just seems to be that sort of summer. ...
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Dita Saxová
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MovieFeb 23, 1968

Dita Saxová

Dita Saxová (Krystyna Mikolajewska) is the only one …
Dita Saxová (Krystyna Mikolajewska) is the only one in her family to have survived the concentration camp. Two years have passed since the War and she now lives, together with young women in similar circumstances, at the Young Women's Home organized by the Jewish religious community in Prague. Lawyer comes to see Dita, at whom her uncle, a dental technician, hid his gold foils before the War. He hands over only half of them, and keeps the rest as the payment for the "dangers" he had endured. Dita has three suitors. She gives no hope to the madly enamored Fici and refuses to go to San Salvador with the rich Herbert. She thinks that she has found true love in David Egon (Josef Abrhám) and loses her virginity with him at a pension outside Prague.
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Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film
Nomination1968

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in F…

Nominated for "Closely Watched Trains".
DGA Award
1967
Return of the Prodigal Son
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MovieMar 10, 1967

Return of the Prodigal Son

Engineer Jan Sebek (Jan …
Engineer Jan Sebek (Jan Kacer) is undergoing treatment in a mental home after his unsuccessful attempt to commit suicide. His therapist, via discussions both with the patient and with ...
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Best Foreign Language Film
Nomination1967

Best Foreign Language Film

Nominated for "Closely Watched Trains".
Golden Globe Award
Best International Feature Film
Award1967

Best International Feature Film

Won award for "Closely Watched Trains".
Academy Award
Best International Feature Film
Nomination1967

Best International Feature Film

Nominated for "Closely Watched Trains".
Academy Award
Best Screenplay
Nomination1967

Best Screenplay

Nominated for "Closely Watched Trains".
National Society of Film Critics Award
1966
Closely Watched Trains
MovieNov 18, 1966

Closely Watched Trains

Comedy-drama about a …
Comedy-drama about a young man employed in a tiny station during World War II. Milos Hrma, a bumbling dispatcher's apprentice at a village railway station in occupied Czechoslovakia, longs to liberate himself from his virginity. Oblivious to the war and the resistance that surrounds him, he embarks on a journey of sexual awakening and self-discovery, encountering a universe of frustration, eroticism, and adventure within his sleepy backwater depot. Milos becomes involved in a plot to blow up a German ammunition train, but when the plan backfires, he is forced to commit the ultimate act of courage.
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Volejte Martina
MovieSep 2, 1966

Volejte Martina

Volejte Martina released.
Pearls of the Deep
MovieJan 7, 1966

Pearls of the Deep

Set against the backdrop of a repressed Czechoslovakia, …
Set against the backdrop of a repressed Czechoslovakia, five non-related vignettes are presented, each showcasing the need and want for human connection. In "Mr. Baltazar's Death", a middle...
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1965
If a Thousand Clarinets
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MovieJan 29, 1965

If a Thousand Clarinets

A military base. An awkward …
A military base. An awkward soldier. A statue of Bach. And suddenly all guns in the area change into music instruments. Great mystery is immediately found by TV station. And soon the military base becomes a stage for huge TV show.
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1938
Jirí Menzel
BirthFebruary 1938

Jirí Menzel

Jirí Menzel was born.
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