Those Wonderful Movie Cranks

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At the beginning of the 20th century, a film projectionist tours through Bohemian villages and dreams of opening a cinema in Prague. He allies himself with a young cameraman (played by Jiří Menzel), who in turn has a dream: He longs for true-to-life films that deal with the reality of people. Menzel's Those Wonderful Movie Cranks is one of the most beautiful tributes to the pioneers of the silent era, and the film is also a melancholic reflection on necessary concessions.

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Original Title
Those Wonderful Movie Cranks
Title
Those Wonderful Movie Cranks
Directed by
Jiri Menzel
Country
Czech Republic
Year
1978
Screenplay
JirĂ­ Menzel, Oldrich Vlcek
Film Editing
JirĂ­ Brozek
Soundtrack
JirĂ­ Sust
Cinematography
JaromĂ­r Sofr
Sound
Milan Novotny
Costumes
Theodor Pistek
Production Design
Zbynek Hloch, JirĂ­ Menzel
Production
Jan Suster
Formats
DCP
Runtime
90 min.
Language
Tschechisch/d/f
Cast
Rudolf Hrusínský (Kouzelnik Vilém Pasparte), Vlasta Fabiánová (Emílie Kolárová-Mladá), Blazena Holisová (Vdova Evzenie Slavíková), Vladimír Mensík (Kabaretiér Jára Slapeta), Jirí Menzel (Fotograf Jakub Kolenatý)

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«Wenn man bei uns von „dem tschechischen Film“ spricht, meint man das Genre des Menzel-Films, diese merkwürdigste Verbindung von Weltweisheit, Einfalt, Bosheit, Poesie und Witz.» Tagesspiegel