Ivan Passer: Intimate Lighting (1969)
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Critic Reviews for Ivan Passer: Intimate Lighting
This marvelous little unpretentious well-observed humanistic film, a great example of the short-lived Czech New Wave.
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Audience Reviews for Ivan Passer: Intimate Lighting
This movie may be the most powerful "feel-good" movie I have ever seen. It is so understated that it doesn't feel at all manipulative. (I am unfortunately much too sensitive to manipulation.) It's in B&W, with one beautiful scene after another, yet seeming so natural, almost accidental. There's no sex & violence, no nudity and no guns. There's hardly even a plot. Yet I, the most restless of moviegoers, never once thought of leaving, and I wished it would have continued longer. The audience was rapt, and rashes of laughter were common, especially as the movie went along. Situations developed, that were perfectly reasonable yet somehow hopelessly silly. Intimate Lighting showed together with a Passer short: "A Boring Afternoon" or some title like that. It had a very similar feel. It was nothing more than old men in a bar, talking the sports of their youth and trashing the current generation. But it was captivating from start to finish.
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