Cannes ’68: Cinema in Revolt
A Report on the Party and Guests
Directed by Jan Němec • 1966 • Czechoslovakia
In Jan Němec's surreal fable, a picnic is rudely transformed into a lesson in political hierarchy when a handful of mysterious authority figures show up. This allegory about oppression and conformity was banned in its home country but became an international success after it premiered at the New York Film Festival.
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Directed by Carlos Saura • 1967 • Spain
Starring Geraldine Chaplin, José Luis López Vázquez, Alfredo Mayo
The first of Carlos Saura’s many collaborations with Geraldine Chaplin is a darkly comic psychological thriller that casts the actor in a VERTIGO-esque double role as both the glamorous, una...
The Firemen’s Ball
Directed by Miloš Forman • 1967 • Czechoslovakia
Starring Jan Vostrcil, Josef Šebánek, František Reinstein
A milestone of the Czech New Wave, Miloš Forman’s first color film THE FIREMEN’S BALL is both a dazzling comedy and a provocative political satire. A hilarious saga of good intentions confo...
Directed by Jiří Menzel • 1968 • Czechoslovakia
Two years after his worldwide hit CLOSELY WATCHED TRAINS, Jiří Menzel directed this amusing idyll about three middle-aged men whose mellow summer is interrupted by the arrival of a circus performer and his beautiful assistant. A meditation on agi...