Natasa Gollová and Oldrich Nový in Eva tropí hlouposti (1939)
Natasa Gollová and Oldrich Nový in Eva tropí hlouposti (1939)
Eva Fools Around (1939)

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Eva Fools Around

Martin Frič | Czechoslovakia | 1939 | Unclassified (15+)

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Wed 4 Oct 2023

Filmed in just a few weeks at Prague’s Barrandov Studios, this adaptation of the 1934 novel by Fan Vavřincová is considered one of Frič’s best movies and amongst the most popular Czech comedies of all time. Structured around a farcical screwball plot involving the purloining of a neighbour’s instructions for rose growing, this co-stars one of the most famous actors in Czech cinema, Oldřich Nový, as well as emerging star Nataša Gollová in one of her first headlining roles.

Digital print courtesy of the National Film Archive in Prague.

Format: DCP
Language: Czech with English subtitles
Source: National Film Archive in Prague
Runtime: 90 mins

Event duration

90 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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About the program

This season charts 50 years of a peculiarly antic, extraordinarily inventive strain of popular comedy from Czechoslovakia, spanning the late silent era through to the end of the 1970s. It highlights the extraordinary comedic talents of performers still famed domestically but too little known in the anglophone world...

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