I was channeling surfing when I came across this movie. I was apprehensive at first when I realized it was a Czech film. I'm glad I gave it a chance. The conversations were amusingly realistic. I enjoyed the parents bantering about their son and his women. The easy flow of the story line and character development is something I like in my films. Woody Allen's black and white films came to my mind while I was taking in this undiscovered gem. I was only familiar with Milos Foreman's American releases such as Cuckoo's Nest and Hair. Now I will need to seek out his early overseas releases. The black and white celluloid accompanied with the 60s Czech background music made this a nice find.
Loves of a Blonde (1965) 720p YIFY Movie
Loves of a Blonde (1965)
Lásky jedné plavovlásky is a movie starring Hana Brejchová, Vladimír Pucholt, and Vladimír Mensík. A factory manager in rural Czechoslovakia bargains with the army to send men to the area, to boost the morale of his young female...
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A factory manager in rural Czechoslovakia bargains with the army to send men to the area, to boost the morale of his young female workers, deprived of male company since the local boys have been conscripted. The army sends reservists, mostly married middle-aged men - and the local beauty Andula, spurns those bold enough to try to win her, for the jazz pianist, newly come from Prague to perform. He seduces her and impresses her, telling her "most women are round, like guitars but you are a guitar by Picasso". Staying the night with him causes a lecture on a young woman's honour at her hostel so she throws over her other suitors and makes her way to Prague to find the young man. His protective Mamma and weary Pappa are not pleased when she arrives on the doorstep with her suitcase.
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Early Milos FormanReviewed byRODAN4-1Vote: 7/10
Colleague Planktonrules finally noticed that the Emperor had no clothes! Actually, if you watch all Forman's movies filmed before his departure to USA, you can see that they stood and fell with the performances of several excellent actors (well, in reality, non-actors). Especially Vladimír Pucholt and Josef ?ebánek were unforgettable, and Forman played a key role in discovering these natural-born comic geniuses. However, Forman's movies by itself were not worthy of any admiration and looked like pushing amateurish attempts with shabby script, smudged camera and miserable acting in supporting roles. ?erny Petr (Black Peter), Lásky jedné plavovlásky (Loves of a Blonde) and Ho?í, má panenko (The Firemen's Ball) are all "pseudo-artistic classics" that belong to this category. They are very, very different from his later work in USA, which shows that he realized he couldn't continue in this "tradition" - unless he wanted to discredit himself, of course.
What I find especially fascinating, however, is the fact that Loves of a Blonde have 16 comments on IMDb.com, and The Firemen's Ball even breathtaking 18 comments! At the same time, IMDb.com lists many great Czech movies - e.g. works of Karel Zeman, Czech fairy-tale classics, children's movies, or legendary comedies of Old?ich Lipsky - in which you struggle to find one or two. This is a bizarre situation that creates a very false idea about the quality of Czech film production (which was really admirable especially during 60's and 70's), and YouTube obviously didn't help to improve it much. In any case, praising movies like The Firemen's Ball or Loves of a Blonde as jewels of Czech cinema - only because they are early works of a director, who later succeeded in USA - makes me deeply ashamed.
This is such an exquisite cinematic weave of feelings, I was taken aback. But only half of it is there, the rest you'll have to supply which is even better in a way. Films come into being after all in that space between what is there and the experience in the eye.
But first. Watch it once straight through because it's funny as hell in that gentle way the Czech know so well, just light and bitter enough to be like getting tipsy on life, delighted at the tipsiness. It's well made and well acted, you can see why Milos Forman was quickly tapped by Hollywood.
Watching it once, you'll have this as your template—a teenage girl's impressionable drift through male sexual whims, and bittersweet realization in the end of heartbreak every time. Now bring all these other things to it:
The guys are only looking to get laid, this isn't about them.
It's a story the blonde girl tells to her girlfriend using the photograph of a boy, both real and imagined. Knowing this, is knowing everything else including the seduction is her exploring by allowing herself to be explored.
The gaffe with the bottle of wine sent by horny soldiers to the wrong table, the ugly ducklings instead of the pretty blonde. But it makes its way to the right one, and we have the two soldiers go after the two girls (but not the blondie), and that subplot abandoned with inviting glances.
Now her seduction (remember, still a story she will tell) but we actually skip sex, and go straight to the intimacy and youthful joking around on the bed which is what she yearns for, connection. And as she leaves the room, she meets the ugly duckling coming back to her room after her parallel night with the soldier.
The lecturing by a teacher on girls guarding a woman's honor, and she boards the first bus out of there. Is she mad? Looking for answers?
The cut from her alone in a country road boarding the bus, to a dance floor in the city filled with young couples, to TV footage of dancing girls in the parents' home. Amazing storytelling, because it is not of the story but the air around the girl lifting her from that road to wait for him in his house.
Her being 'locked' in the house, falling asleep to the mother's incessant nagging. Waking up again, now the boy is there but he's not who she would like him to be—she watches heartbroken through a peephole (a cinematic device) as the pettiness of family life is revealed.
So this is wonderful. It ends with her telling this story better than it is.
I would change a single detail—we'd never be shown who is in either of the two photographs.
It would be about any of these girls dreaming up all we've seen. (we see them all asleep in the end)
Sex safely explored inside the fantasy, and the fantasy both 'real' and imaginary, helter skelter so you wouldn't know where last day's glances end and the pillow book starts. The ugly duckling as the blonde. It can support all that and more, excellent, excellent stuff.
In order to appreciate why this is special, watch another Czech film called Daisies (Sedmikrásky), more inventive on the surface, more irreverent on the same subject, but it doesn't hit deep. It has the images but not the life that gives rise to them, there are both here, and how.
It's so good, it rivals Celine and Julie Go Boating on my list of great films, a similar film on the layered dreaming of a girl.