Iva Janzurová and Cestmír Randa in You Are a Widow, Sir! (1971)
Iva Janzurová and Cestmír Randa in You Are a Widow, Sir! (1971)
You Are a Widow, Sir (1971)

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You Are a Widow, Sir

Václav Vorlíček | Czechoslovakia | 1971 | Unclassified (15+)

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Wed 4 Oct 2023

This bizarre, psychedelic take on the body-swap comedy sees Iva Janžurová (best known for her lead role in Juraj Herz’s Morgiana) play an assassin with the cloned body of a famous actress and the transplanted mind of a male serial killer. Despite a clear anti-monarchist stance in its parody of inter-kingdom diplomatic conflict, Vorlíček’s film’s surreal logic defies easy explanation, with its mise en scène built around the overwhelming pop-art styled sets by production designer Oldřich Bosák (Closely Watched Trains and The Cassandra Cat).

Digital print courtesy of the National Film Archive in Prague.

Format: DCP
Language: Czech with English subtitles
Source: National Film Archive in Prague
Runtime: 97 mins

Event duration

97 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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