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Jiří Menzel – To Make a Comedy Is No Fun (2016)

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Jiří Menzel – To Make a Comedy Is No Fun

Robert Kolinsky | Czech Republic, Switzerland | 2016 | Unclassified (15+)


Wed 2 Oct 2024

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Czech-Swiss filmmaker Kolinsky – hitherto better known as a virtuoso pianist – completed this illuminating, affectionate documentary after the release of Menzel’s cinematic swan song as a director, 2013’s underrated, operatic comedy, The Don Juans, but it captures Menzel still busy directing for the stage. Rich in clips from his key films and in Menzel’s anecdote-studded reflections on a six-decade-spanning career, it includes thoughtful tributes to his peculiar brand of comedy from friends and admirers including Miloš Forman, Ken Loach, István Szabó, Emir Kusturica and Menzel’s great friend and mentor, Věra Chytilová.

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

Format: DCP
Language: Czech, English, German with English subtitles
Source: Deckert Distribution
Runtime: 80 mins

Event duration

80 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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