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Report on the Party and the Guests Reviews

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May 6, 2015
Subtle and shocking, this short and quietly disturbing film is actually an astute attack on cultural conformity. The film's denouement is truly frightening.
½ April 30, 2015
A good idea, but ultimately left you wondering why you watched it.
½ April 23, 2015
reminded me of luis bunuel's pix
Super Reviewer
½ July 2, 2014
Why the controversy? Why the scandal? Why was it "BANNED FOREVER" (lol) in 1973, decree which was eliminated in 1989 after the Velvet Revolution?

A Report on the Film and its Boldness:

Act I:
--> A group of picnickers share a time together in equal life conditions and with an equal distribution of means: natural resources, food, social class, interests and health.
--> What might it mean? We are introduced to a "primitive" society, but primitive in the sense of devoid of advanced technological means or form of government. The fact that they are surrounded by food, water and nature itself might indicate their "natural" lifestyle devoid of any governmental impositions.

Act II:
--> The group is intersected in their journey by a group of sadist bullers with one charismatic, yet hiperactively bizarre ruler that begins to deprive the picnickers from their freedom and draws physical lines (literally) to delimit their territories. However, the picnickers only complain, but do not rebel and somewhat conform(!) to this new system, obeying the limitations.
--> What might it mean? An external group to the original "primitive" society has a different vision of what a balanced society is, and therefore begins to experiment its own ideals over the perfect guinea pigs: the members of the society itself. Conditions are established and limitations are drawn, and yet, perhaps in an act of extreme faith - more properly described as naive "unquestioning conformity" - the picnickers submit themselves to this new unknown form of government.

Act III:
--> An old man who is in the day of his birthday arrives to the scene and scolds the perpetrators of this cruel joke, who turned out to be actors. Also, the ruler of this buller group is the old man's son. In an act of apology, he invites the victims, along with other people, to his grand celebration.
--> What might it mean? The fact that the buller group was formed by actors mirrors the fake promises made by politicians in any form of totalitarianism, executing their authority, and yet lying in the process for their own interests of personal amusement. But still, all authorities answer to a single ruler of the highest hierarchy, the one in charge of the system to work. This ruler invites everybody to HIS celebration, where every single woman and man have a specified spot to sit. They will all be given the same food and provided the same treatment, but their identity is completely personalized and calculated. If one of these places is modified, the system gets angry!

Act IV:
--> Oh no! A guest decided to leave! The old host gets angry at this, added to the disorder of the designated seats, and searches for him with dogs.
--> What might it mean? The totalitarian arm of Communism is extended! Nobody escapes! Equal conditions for all!

Add to this a Buñuelesque disorder of the bourgeois class with the childish disorder performed in Buñuel's "Last Supper" in Viridiana (1961)....

Phew... Well... This is not a criticism to a regime. It's a Chuck-Norris-roundhouse-kick to Communism's balls.

February 9, 2014
With all the underlying satire of the Communist regime, Mr. N?mec has resembled the world of Kafka with characters and events in the real world. Despite the intense political implications, the absurdity and ridicule under Kafka is never my cup of tea to have it on the big screen, especially with the presence of the disgusting, sadistic, maniacal and homosexual fatty.
Super Reviewer
½ February 19, 2013
Picnickers are gently but firmly kidnapped and taken to a banquet in the woods in this Kafkaesque parable. You spend the entire movie waiting for something unspeakably dreadful to happen, and its only when the screen goes black you realize that it already did.
February 17, 2013
To the reviewer who considered 'The Party and the Guest''s allegorical content too simplistic: its simplicity is its virtue. Nemec purposefully resists overt association of the subject matter with the film's historical moment, creating an elasticity that allows more for timelessness than timeliness. That Nemec crafted a tale of mutually-accomodating masters and slaves AT ALL was audacious enough in an era of tight political censorship of cinema, and really the tale told here is as old as time, and therefore merited the relatively ahistorical execution. I think the principal appeal of the film is its latent hilarity... The quotidian presentation of the content creates a credulity and complacency in the viewer that isn't really eroded until the audience "snaps out" of their stupor and realizes just what's happened over the very easy 70 minutes of this concise gem (probably this happens at different moments for different viewers -- I started cognizing things when the intellectual shouldered the rifle without batting an eye). 'The Party and the Guests' may not be as thorny a provocation as a film like Bunuel's 'Exterminating Angel' (and depending on one's sensibility this could be to the film's credit or discredit), but it has extraordinary conceptual staying power and an eccentric charm that really make it worth a viewing.
½ February 17, 2013
Another banned Czech film, because it was an allegory for caving in to the state. Gotta love these banned films.
February 17, 2013
no thanks not my thing
February 17, 2013
A biting criticism of the communist regime filmed in a fresh, playful and deliberately obfuscated style. It's like Bunuel's 'Exterminating Angel' and 'Discreet Charm...' meet the Czech New Wave, yet it doesn't quite live up to the banned film by enfant terrible director hype.
February 17, 2013
Kudos to Second Run for finally releasing this classic of the Czech New Wave on DVD. Watching it again I remain somewhat disappointed with the film. It never quite lives up to its promise of creating a savage political allegory (and is nowhere as good as a classic Bunuel which the film is compared to.) I find it fairly simple in its allegory and not nearly as formally daring or politically subversive as other Czech New Wave films. I suppose this is film I more appreciated than particularly enjoyed watching.
½ February 17, 2013
The comparisons between Jan Nemec's 'A Report on the Party and the Guests" and some of Bunuel's films is definitely appropriate. The film follows a group of well-versed, happy picnickers who are accosted by a strange man, Rudolph, who plays strange games with them, and has a legion of followers who do whatever he wants. They picnickers are invited to a party, that is completetly non-sensical, but the group begins to fit and and feel wanted. THis is a strange film, that is some kind of political satire about conformity, and one's desire to fit in and feel a part of something, no matter how ridiculous or senseless it may be. We see this group of people slowly rationalize this absurd behavior, convincing themselves that it's normal. At one point, a character, who refuses to lose his free will, runs off from the party. The patrons who have fallen victim think he is merely lost, sending out a search party to bring him back. The actor who plays this rather sadistic character Rudolph, does a fantastic job. Everything about him just feels off in a strange balance of being terrifying yet almost whimsical and harmless. While I did enjoy this intelligent, challenging film, I prefer films of this nature to be even more zany.
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