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Jirí Menzel



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Donsajni (The Don Juans)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2013
No Score Yet The Apple Game (Hra o jablko)
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Upír z Feratu (Ferat Vampire)
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Operation Danube
  • Oskar
2009
81% I Served the King of England
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2008
No Score Yet Teddy Bear
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Colossal Sensation
  • Actor
2004
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)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1983
No Score Yet Postriziny (Cutting It Short)
  • Director
1981
No Score Yet Bajecni muzi s klikou
  • Director
  • Kolenaty
  • Screenwriter
1978
No Score Yet Na samote u lesa
  • Director
1977
No Score Yet Skrivánci na niti (Larks on a String)
  • Director
1969
No Score Yet Dita Saxová
  • Herbert
1968
No Score Yet Cremator
  • Actor
1968
No Score Yet Capricious Summer
  • Tightrope Walker
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1967
100% Ostre Sledované Vlaky (Closely Watched Trains)
  • Dr. Brabec Dr. Brabek
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1966
No Score Yet Pearls of the Deep
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1966

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