1964. Czechoslovakia. Milos Forman. 85 min.
Saturday, February 23, 2008, 2:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1964. Czechoslovakia. Directed by Milos Forman. Screenplay by Forman, Jaroslav Papousek. With Ladislav Jakim, Pavla Martínková. An empathetic look at the alienation of Czech youth, Forman's first fiction feature depicts the miserable title character at his grocery store job; in his off-hours, he clashes with his old-fashioned father and pines for a classmate. Employing nonprofessional actors, improvisation, and vérité camerawork, as well as a gently ironic, antiauthoritarian tone, the film exhibits the qualities that would place Forman at the forefront of the Czech New Wave and anticipates his future success on the 1970s Hollywood auteur scene. 85 min.