Intimni osvetleni (Intimate Lighting). 1965. Czechoslovakia. Directed by Ivan Passer. Screenplay by Passer, Jaroslav Papousek, Vaclav Sasek. With Zonek Bazuek, Karel Blazek, Vera Kresadlova. 35mm. In Czech; English subtitles. 73 min.
A key work in the Czech New Wave movement of the 1960s, Passer’s debut is a melancholy comedy set in a small town, where two former classmates meet after many years. Their lives diverged greatly from each other; one is member of a prominent symphony, the other teaches music at the local school and performs at the funerals of his neighbors. Shot in moody black and white by cinematographer Miroslav Ondrícek, Passer’s film features non-actors, ensuring a certain authenticity of character.