Radoslav Brzobohatý in 'The Ear (Ucho, 1970)
The Ear (1970)

The Ear


Karel Kachyňa | Czech Republic | 1970 | PG
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7–16 Oct 2021

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A thrillingly paranoid, standout film of the Czech New Wave that explores the corruption of political power in Soviet-controlled Czechoslovakia.

Over the course of one night, Ludvik (Radoslav Brzobohatý) and his wife Anna (Jiřina Bohdalová), succumb to the paranoia, fear, and potential reality of the world they now find themselves in. The couple return home from a State dinner, and, once in their darkened house, Ludvik begins to piece together the puzzle of the evening and of previous events, eventually coming to the realisation that the pair may be in great danger. With their relationship already crumbling, the pressure of 'The Ear' listening in may be too much for both of them to survive the night.

Thrillingly paranoid and infamously banned for twenty years after its completion, Karel Kachyňa’s The Ear has become a standout of the Czech New Wave for its exploration on the corruption of political power in Soviet-controlled Czechoslovakia.

This copy comes to us digitally restored from the National Film Archive in Prague.

Format: Digital
Language: Czech with English subtitles
Runtime: 94 min

Presented by CaSFFA, ACMI, and the Embassies of the Czech and Slovak Republics in Canberra.



The content is mild in impact - PG-rated content is not recommended for viewing by people under the age of 15 without guidance from parents, teachers or guardians. **Warning: Themes: Off-screen, mild to moderate scene of animal violence. No animals were harmed in the making of the movie.**


This film will be available to watch on Cinema 3 from Thursday 7 October.

*7 day rental, 48 hour playback window. Once rented, your films will be available in your account for 7 days. Once you press play, the watch window begins and you have 48 hours to watch the film as many times as you like*

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