The Ear (Ucho) (1970)

The Ear (Ucho)

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This highly-charged political satire from Czechoslovakia was banned for 20 years. It is the chronicle of a miserable marriage between a provincial bureaucrat and the boozy daughter of a pub-owner who find trouble when they learn through the grapevine that one of the husband's superior's has been arrested. Now the husband fears that a major purge is in the offing. Their fears are not allayed by the fact that their house keys have disappeared, nor can they shake the feeling that someone is … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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Written By: Karel Kachyna, Jan Prochazka
Runtime:

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as Minister
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Critic Reviews for The Ear (Ucho)

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 21, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

...Stephen Sachs - working from his eponymous play - slowly but surely manages to infuse the proceedings with a surprisingly even-handed sensibility.

Full Review… | June 18, 2008
Reel Film Reviews

There's not a more acerbic, scathing or compelling critique of the Communist regime.

Full Review… | May 20, 2005
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

Full Review… | May 21, 2005
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for The Ear (Ucho)

½

This film was actually released in 1970.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer

Great Czechoslovakian film from the 70s in the communist era, where comrades, even apart of the party, are sincerely paranoid. In this case, we see Ludvik and Anna seeing suspicious actions of other party members, weird things and thinking the 'Ear' is always listening in their houses, and that nowhere in their own home is safe to talk in private. It's definitely an interesting movie with some pretty cool occurrences. It's also pretty entertaining to watch as it is pretty suspenseful, and yet an entreating psychological thriller. It is really interesting to see how being apart of the harsh communist party was - or so they say, that people become so seemingly paranoid. It was pretty cool to connect the flashbacks of Ludvik to then think that he'll be next, to disappear suddenly. I quite enjoyed it.

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