Scene from the film Capricious Summer
Scene from the film Capricious Summer
Scene from the film Capricious Summer
Scene from the film Capricious Summer

Capricious Summer

  • Czech Republic
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This book-to-film adaptation is regarded as one of director Jíři Menzel’s greatest works, talking home the prestigious Crystal Globe at the 1968 Karlovy Vary Film Festival. Though made during the springtime of the Czechoslovak New Wave, Capricious Summer is notable for its nostalgic, homely and fundamentally escapist style. The story is set in the fictitious river spa town of Krokovy Vary, where an owner of a small bathing house spends several days pseudo-philosophising in the company of his friends. The arrival of a tightrope walker and his assistant bring a degree of commotion to their lives and relationships.

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  • Original title
    Rozmarné léto
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Václav Nývlt, Jiří Menzel
  • Cast
    Rudolf Hrušínský, Míla Myslíková, Vlastimil Brodský, František Řehák, Jana Preissová, Jiří Menzel, Bohuš Záhorský, Vlasta Jelínková, Karel Hovorka st., Bohumil Koška, Vladimír Pátek, Alois Vachek, Pavel Bošek, Antonín Pražák
  • DOP
    Jaromír Šofr
  • Editing
    Jiřina Lukešová
  • Sound
    Jiří Pavlík
  • Duration
    73 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Czech Republic
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Distribution
      • Národní filmový archiv
      • Závišova 502/5
      • 14000 Praha 4
      • Czech Republic
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  • Awards
    • Crystal Globe - Karlovy Vary film festival 1968 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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