Jirí Menzel

Birthday: Feb 23, 1938
Birthplace: Prague, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic)
With his debut feature film Closely Watched Trains (1966), Czechoslovakian filmmaker Jiøí Menzel became an important member in Czech New Wave cinema and won an Academy Award. Menzel started out as an assistant director and occasional actor for Vera Chytilova following his graduation from the Prague film school F.A.M.U. In 1965, Menzel directed an episode ("The Death of Mr. Baltazar") for the feature anthology Pearls of the Deep, a tribute to distinguished Czech author Bohumil Hrabal. Later that year, he contributed an episode in a similar tribute to the writings of Josef Skvorecky, Crime at the Girls School. Following the success of Closely Watched Trains, Menzel directed Capricious Summer (1968) and turned in a great performance as a tightrope walker (Menzel is actually an accomplished balancer and performs regularly on-stage). In 1969, he made Larks on a String, considered by many to be his best work. Unfortunately, its critical stance on Communism led to its being banned from release until 1990 when it played internationally. Because the film was banned, Menzel was barred from filmmaking until 1974 when he publicly announced that he supported Communism. He then made Who Looks for Gold?, but has since disowned the film because of the personal price he had to pay to make it. From the late '70s through the mid-'80s, Menzel made non-political, nostalgic comedies that were almost slapstick at times. He had international success in 1986 with the delightful My Sweet Little Village. In the late '80s, Menzel again returned to political activism and continued to make films though the mid-'90s.

Highest Rated Movies



80% The Interpreter (Tlmočník) Actor 2018
No Score Yet Donsajni (The Don Juans) Director Screenwriter 2013
No Score Yet Upír z Feratu (Ferat Vampire) Actor 2012
No Score Yet Operation Danube Oskar 2009
79% I Served the King of England Screenwriter $0.7M 2008
No Score Yet Teddy Bear Actor 2007
No Score Yet Ten Minutes Older Screenwriter Director 2002
No Score Yet Too Loud A Solitude (une Trop Bruyante Solitude) Actor 1996
No Score Yet The Life and Extraodinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin(Zivot a neobycejna dobrodruzstvi vojak) Director 1994
No Score Yet La petite apocalypse Stan 1993
No Score Yet Vesnicko Má Stredisková (My Sweet Little Village) Director 1986
No Score Yet Slavnosti Snezenek Director 1984
No Score Yet Festival Of The Snowdrops (Slavnosti Snezenek) Director Screenwriter 1983
No Score Yet Postriziny (Cutting It Short) Director 1981
No Score Yet Bajecni muzi s klikou Screenwriter Director Kolenaty 1978
No Score Yet Na samote u lesa Director 1977
No Score Yet The Apple Game (Hra o jablko) Actor 1977
No Score Yet Larks on a String (Skrivánci na niti) Director 1969
No Score Yet Dita Saxová Herbert 1968
No Score Yet Capricious Summer Screenwriter Tightrope Walker Director 1967
100% Ostre Sledované Vlaky (Closely Watched Trains) Dr. Brabek Screenwriter Director 1966
No Score Yet Pearls of the Deep Director Screenwriter 1966


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