Karel Fiala in Lemonade Joe (1964)
Karel Fiala in Lemonade Joe (1964)
Lemonade Joe (1964)

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Lemonade Joe

Oldřich Lipský | Czechoslovakia | 1964 | Unclassified (15+)

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Wed 20 Dec 2023

In this enduring cult comedy, Lipský and co-writer Jiří Brdečka draw on the latter’s serialised stories and plays to satirise the golden age of the western, as well as the competing ideologies of the West and the East. An all-star cast (Karel Fiala, Miloš Kopecký, Květa Fialová) grace this relentlessly inventive, colour-tinted CinemaScope parody of the virtuous, crooning cowboy musical B-westerns of Gene Autry and Tex Ritter.

35mm print courtesy of the National Film Archive in Prague.

Format: 35mm
Language: Czech with English subtitles
Source: National Film Archive in Prague
Runtime: 95 mins

Event duration

95 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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About the program

It may come as a surprise, but that most quintessentially American genre, the western, was enormously popular behind the Iron Curtain. Of course, it was seldom possible for Eastern Bloc audiences to see Hollywood films. No matter; even though socialist states deemed the Hollywood western decadent in propagating foundational frontier myths, they took to the production of westerns with great relish...

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Ostern Powers- An Introduction To The Eastern European Western

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