Loves of a Blonde (Lásky jedné plavovlásky)

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Out in the Czech countryside, a shoe factory owner petitions the People's Army to station a division of soldiers in his town, where the women outnumber the men sixteen to one. The arrival of the troops is greeted with great excitement, but the girls in the town are disappointed to see that the men are older reservists, and not the strapping young men they'd envisioned. Still, when a band plays at the local pub, the girls show up to be ogled by the older men, many of whom are married. A trio of reservists sends a bottle of wine to Andula (Hana Brejchova), Marie (Marie Salacova), and Jana (Jana Novakova), and the girls argue over whether or not to acknowledge the gesture. But Andula catches the eye of the comparatively dashing young pianist, Milda (Vladimir Pucholt). Milda convinces Andula to go to his room, where he seduces the mildly reluctant girl. The next morning, the traveling musician assures her repeatedly, "I do not have a girlfriend in Prague." Milda leaves town, as expected, but Andula has fallen in love with him, and decides to journey to Prague to track him down. A low-key black-and-white ensemble comedy, Loves of a Blonde was cast predominantly with non-professional actors. The film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, drew a lot of attention to the "Czech New Wave," and jumpstarted the international filmmaking career of director Milos Forman (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest). ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Loves of a Blonde (Lásky jedné plavovlásky)

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Audience Reviews for Loves of a Blonde (Lásky jedné plavovlásky)

  • Nov 23, 2014
    I love how each act of this film focuses on different characters, a background character in one part of the film is a main character in another, without being gimmicky.
    Grifty G Super Reviewer
  • Nov 23, 2014
    The first efforts by Forman are also his best. What puzzles me with this film in particular is how audiences are interpreting the emotional evolvement of Andula throughout her love discoveries. People credit this film to show a great deal of empathy towards youth in the complex world of relationships and how differently two people may interpret one shared relationship. So, that's the purpose of this masterpiece but not necessarily its strong point. Forman hires a great number of good screenwriters to develop his story to construct real-life scenarios and mock at them with intelligent humor. Visually referencing Godard (also psychologically), such humor takes these scenarios and converts them into something unbelievable throughout, but only for brief moments, especially those that normally would be awkward. If you pay attention, you'll see why this is labeled as a comedy beyond the plot and its arguments. 99/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 23, 2014
    This film wasn't that engaging, but I really liked it.
    Michael G Super Reviewer
  • Nov 23, 2014
    Scenes like the one with the three male friends at one table and the female friends in another, plotting out ways to approach the ladies to ask them out without looking like complete jerks but failing miserably; or even more important and awkward, when the young pianist Milda arrives home early morning, after partying all night, and finding the blond girl Andula sleeping in his bed, he doesn't even remember her, and his annoying mother murmuring sermons about responsability. Slices of life, mundane, unglamorous, pathetic, embarrasing, funny and tragic, like it all could turn out when you fall in love. Some of these situations will certainly shape a new concience and stronger armor in the blond's heart. She will take note of all these thinkings in a lonely corner of the noisy spot where she makes a living. A warm and sincere view to the window of a woman's soul.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer

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