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Capricious Summer (1968)

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Capricious Summer

Jiří Menzel | Czechoslovakia | 1968 | Unclassified (15+)


Wed 25 Sep 2024

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Menzel’s first colour film reads like a twist on a classic joke about three men: a retired artillery officer, a priest and a proprietor of a bathhouse go swimming in a pond and get interrupted by rain… Adapted from a novel by influential writer Vladislav Vančura, it was released in the middle of the Prague Spring and became one of the highest-grossing works of the Czech New Wave. A gentle pastoral idyll that recalls Jean Renoir’s Partie de campagne, it features the director himself in the role of a village acrobat alongside Menzel regular Rudolf Hrušínský.

Presented in partnership with the Czech and Slovak Film Festival of Australia.

Format: DCP
Language: Czech with English subtitles
Source: National Film Archive in Prague
Runtime: 74 mins

Event duration

74 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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