|THE JOKE (ZERT) (director/writer: Jaromil Jires; screenwriters: novel by Milan Kundera/Zdenek Blaha; cinematographer: Jan Curik; editor: Josef Valusiak; music: Zdenek Pololanik; cast: Josef Somr (Ludvik Jahn), Jana Dítetová (Helena Zemánková), Ludek Munzar (Pavel Zemánek), Michal Pavlata (Jindra), Jaromír Hanzlík (Lieutenant), Jaroslava Obermeierova (Markola), Milos Rejchrt (Alexej), Evald Schorm (Kostka), Vera Kresadlová (Brozová); Runtime: 80; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Milos Stejkal; Facets; 1969-Czechoslakia-in Czech with English subtitles)|
by Dennis Schwartz
Wave Czech writer-director Jaromil Jires ("Labyrinth"/"Double
Role"/"The Dance Teacher") helms in black and white
this compelling tragicomedy based on life in Poland
under the occupation of the Stalinists. It's based on
the novel by Milan Kundera.
The historical pic successfully captures the spirit of Kundera's novel, depicting in a acerbic way the dehumanizing life in Czechoslovakia during the dreadful days of the Stalinist 1950s.
REVIEWED ON 11/14/2014 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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