Capricious Summer (1967)
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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).
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
(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.
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