Capricious Summer (1967)





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The Czechoslovakian Capricious Summer is based on a novel by Jan Libora. The plot focuses on three middle-aged vacationers at a summer resort. The tourist's plans for rest and relaxation are messed up when a circus tightrope walker and his toothsome daughter arrive on the scene. Director Jiri Menzel (the man responsible for the international success Closely Watched Trains) appears as the circus performer. A valentine to lost innocence, Capricious Summer won the Grand Prix at Karlovy Vary, an East European film festival. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Art House & International , Comedy
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Jirí Menzel
as Tightrope Walker
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Critic Reviews for Capricious Summer

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The end result is not quite as engaging as Closely Watched Trains, but it certainly proves that Menzel was not a one-hit wonder.

Full Review… | April 6, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Capricious Summer


A fairly amusing farce. A retired doctor, priest and major spend their summer casually philosophizing by the lake, until their lives are disrupted by a travelling magician and his attractive assistant. It's not a gut-buster, but there are some funny moments and the characters all having endearing quirks. A slight but fun little romp, that may hold some kind of metaphor for the discerning Czech viewer (these Eastern Europeans have a way of sneaking political allegory into everything).

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

Three middle aged friends become infatuated with the same woman, a beautiful young traveling magician's assistant. Underacted chaste Czech sex comedy, made for another place and time

Greg S
Greg S

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(VHS) (First Viewing, 2nd Menzel film) An ephemeral and delicately tinted remembrance of summers past, [b]Capricious Summer[/b] plays like a memory savored long after it happened. Set in a second-class riverside spa, three old friends deal with the onset of middle age as they indulge in a series of romantic mishaps centered around the beautiful Anna, assistant to a traveling magician/acrobat (played by Menzel himself). Each take a stab at seducing the striking (and willing) blonde, each result in messy but comical situations. A slight little film (it's only 70 minutes long), what I loved was that it seemed to play like a dream, as if at any time it would be able to disappear like a wisp of smoke. The cinematography is beautiful; the cast, filled with Czech acting veterans, are able to capture the gentle nuances of their characters and their relationships with each other to perfection. I jumped at the chance at seeing another film by Jirí Menzel, the director of the Oscar winning Czech New Wave masterpiece of [b]Closely Watched Trains[/b]. Though [b]CWT[/b] may be the more important of the films, I find [b]Capricious Summer[/b] to be just as delightful in its own way, and possessing a peculiar charm you don't come across in cinema very often.

Jesse Last
Jesse Last

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