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Director
Jirί Menzel

Filmography
1966 Ostre sledované vlaky/Closely Observed Trains
1974 Rozmarné léto/Capricious Summer
1981 Postriziny/Cutting in Short
1990 Skrivanci na niti/Larks on a String
1991 Zebrácká opera/The Beggar’s Opera
2002 Ten Minutes Older:The Cello (episode One Moment)
2006 Obsluhoval jsem anglického krάle / I Served the King of England

Biography
He was born in Prague in 1938. He made his debut as a feature film director in 1966 with the Oscar-winning Bohumil Hrabal adaptation Ostre sledované vlaky. He moved into theatre in 1969 after another Hrabal adaptation, Skrivanci na niti was banned (the film later won the Golden Bear in 1990). He was one of the leading figures of the Czech New Wave of the 1960s, together with Milos Forman and Vera Chytilova.

Special Screenings

I Served the King of England / Jirί Menzel

Jan Dites’ rise from boy waiter to hotelier begins in a small town near the Czech-German border.This is where this ambitious young man first encounters the pleasures of an affluent lifestyle. This is also where he has his first sexual experiences. Shortly afterwards he obtains a position at a luxurious hotel near Prague where he encounters the crème de la crème of 1930s Czech society.Their extravagant lifestyle only serves to fuel his ambition; he soon starts working at an elegant new hotel at the center of Prague. Among the hotel’s guests is the Emperor of Abyssinia, who even rewards Jan with a medal for his services.With the Treaty of Munich, Jan’s luck begins to change. Before long it looks as though Jan’s dream of owning his own hotel is well within his grasp...


Director:Jirί Menzel
Script:Jirí Menzel (with the collaboration of Kristián Suda, based on the novel by Bohumil Hrabal)
Cinematography:Jaromír Sofr
Editing:Jirí Brozek
Sound:Radim Hladík jr.
Music:Ales Brezina, Art Direction: Milan Bycek
Costumes:Milan Corba
With:Ivan Barney (Jan), Oldrich Kaiser (Alter Jan), Julia Jentsch (Lisa), Marián Labuda (Walden), Milan Lasica (professor), Martin Huba (Skrivánek)
Producer:Rudolf Biermann
Production:AQS A.S.
Production Country:Czech Republic
Co-production:Bioscop, TV Nova, Barrandov Studio, Universal Production Partners (Czech Republic), Magic Box Slovakia (Slovakia)
Format:35mm, Color
Duration:118'
Production Year:2006
Screening Schedule
FRIDA LIAPPA:Friday, November 23, 2007 - 23:00
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