Czechoslovak New Wave
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 aging and sex, shot in warm, sun-dappled color, CAPRICIOUS SUMMER is one of the New Wave’s loveliest reveries.
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Directed by Ivan Passer • 1968 • Czechoslovakia
Patrons of a bar interact on a summer Sunday afternoon.
Directed by Jaromil Jireš • 1969 • Czechoslovakia
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Directed by Juraj Herz • 1969 • Czechoslovakia
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