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The Joke (Zert) (1968)

The Joke (Zert) (1968)

The Joke (Zert)





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A man who has been drummed out of the Communist Party for telling a joke seeks revenge by seducing the wife of a prominent official. He is sent to be rehabilitated but believes the party has fallen victim to insiders who pay lip service to communal society virtues but are only out for themselves. What started out as a humorous interlude ends up with the man feeling demoralized and betrayed by the organization he had given his all to support. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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Written By: Milan Kundera, Jaromil Jires, Zdenek Baha
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On DVD: Mar 8, 2005


Josef Somr
as Ludvik
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All Critics (2)

Compelling tragicomedy.

Full Review… | November 17, 2014
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Jires' exceptional and sometimes incongruent damnation of his homeland is in turns mournful, furious, conflicted, and resolved to failure, but it's never less than moving.

Full Review… | July 25, 2002

Audience Reviews for The Joke (Zert)

A young Czechoslovakian man is expelled from the Communist party and sentenced to six years hard labor for writing "long live Trotsky" on a postcard as a joke; when he's released he tries to extract revenge from one of the students on the board that condemned him. This portrait of a wrecked life is an important warning that an inflexible ideology will inevitably used by bullies as a personal weapon and that totalitarian corruption seeps down to a very mundane level. From a novel by Milan Kundera, this has been called the most anti-Communist movie ever produced in a Communist country.

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I haven't really got into the Czech New Wave movement and this dark comedy doesn't help out too much. The film is well-made for what it is but it does get tedious and laughs are limited.


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