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Black Peter Reviews

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Super Reviewer
July 19, 2014
Come aboard Forman's extremely funny comedy and learn to correctly pronunciate "hello" in Czech:

*mumbles Ahoj*

With his first official fully fictional feature length movie, Milos Forman just made what is unquestionably one of the funniest films of the entire Czech New Wave.

Forman consolidated his comedic trademark vision with Cerny Petr, where the humor started to emanate in the most subtle of ways, but always very explicitly, mostly consisting in marital disagreements, domestic settings, verbal puns and a parentally misguided youth reminiscent of Truffaut's Nouvelle Vague origins in 1959. This time, the performances look more experienced and less hesitant, the screenwriting seems more carefully planned, the pacing is more adequate and the gags are timed perfectly, from the visual to the intrinsic and the verbal ones.

At the core, this can be seen as a humorous analysis of youth in a changing society, simultaneous to the change of the Czechoslovak nation during the 60s and the change of cinema as well. Beyond that, it is much more. To begin with, it was the necessary stepping stone for the director's vision to be perfected, and for his collaboration with Ivan Passer (director of Intimate Lighting [1965]) to be consolidated. Looking at Passer's 1965 debut, it is easy to spot his visual and mood influences of humor in Cerny Petr. After writing Konkurs (1964), he would then proceed to help with the screenplay of Forman's two subsequent masterpieces, Loves of a Blonde (1965) and Firemen's Ball (1967).

Secondly, this film is the first notorious effort by Forman to technically adopt the eccentricities of the international New Wave movement, with more French influence than anything else. With improvised dialogues, jumpy cuts, a hand-held camera, a couple of art references, and in-door evolvement of situations, this film proved to be an important step forwards in the director's vision and capacity to envision comedic material to be adapted to film.

Fully recommended but with full attention from the audience to capture as much of the subtle humor as possible, Cerny Petr is a multi-faceted bold piece of comedy with most of its goals successfully accomplished for the sake of cinema evolution and comedic experimentation.

April 19, 2012
Slow and podding at times, Black Peter suffers from too little substance. There is not enough plot or character insight to make this a great film. It does however contain some nice moments, and some interesting formal work which are enough to make this film worth a look.
½ January 30, 2011
Before Milos Forman's Loves of a Blonde, Forman's films where rather poor and misirable after my opinion, and this is one of them, a film that cannot consentrate on one goal.
September 25, 2009
when a genious makes his first film, he is still searching for the right path. and yet, the film is quite amazing. and funny: 'why are you looking at the grass?' 'green calms the eyes' 'is that why cows are so calm? sorry, didn't mean it that way...' ;)
½ August 17, 2009

I know its old, but the language of cinema has not changed THAT much...
Just a bad movie taking way to long to create a lazy tempo just to tell us that slow life and growing up can be both boring and bothersome...

One star for the occassional laughs (great dancing moves...)

Two thumbs down for Milos...
March 30, 2009
Milos Forman's first film - I love it.
March 5, 2009
Forman's done a great job with this film based on choices and delivers some very real and relatable situations through true comedy.
June 15, 2008
Todo lo pedante e intrascendente de la hiperinflada Nueva Ola Francesa, pasado por un filtro. Este grupo de jovenes checos supo extraer los buenos elementos de dicho estilo y convertirlo en cine de alta calidad. Nunca se habia visto una fabula que retratara con tanta frescura a la adolescencia. Un excelente trabajo de actores, sencillo como pocos, pero contenedor de un sin fin de emociones... divierte hasta la carcajada y emociona hasta la lagrima. Para atesorarla por siempre. Una joya.
May 10, 2008
A simple story where the camera shows you exactly the main character's point of view.
½ April 6, 2008
Episodic story of "disaffected youth" in early1960s Czechoslovakia, told in b&w cinema verite style. Teenage Petr has a stupid job watching for shoplifters in the local grocery store. His old-school parents (dad's a music conductor, mom wears an apron and makes noodles) alternately lecture and baby him nonstop to grow up and be a success. All he really wants to do is listen to yeh-yeh music, learn to dance, and get a date with the lovely Pavla Vrbova - all of this set against a backdrop of joyless Communist Czechoslovakia, where the only release seems to be music and beer. An early gem from director Milos Forman.
Super Reviewer
½ April 3, 2008
I loved the the scene at the dance. Especially that one kid's moves.
January 5, 2008
ceska uzasna klasika! AHOOOOJ, hoj... AHOOOOJ, hoj... "slysis ten rozdil?" super!
½ December 17, 2007
the czech new wave can do no wrong.
November 30, 2007
I think this might be the world's first slacker film, predating all the '90s indie flicks born of Richard Linklater's SLACKER. It's also really good.
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