Eclipse 1968: Rozmarné léto

I’ve been pretty underwhelmed by this Criterion box set of 60s Czech(oslovakian but not really) new wave movies. I mean, it’s not necessarily the plots or anything, but just how sloppy these movies look. Which is probably totally unfair. I mean… if you’re waiting for the Soviets to roll in and crush everything, perhaps getting the perfect framing on your shots isn’t the priority?

But this one looks better, at least. Even though I have absolutely no idea what they’re going on about. I think it’s supposed to be an amusing, absurdist thing?


Nice long johns! Do those things still exist?

But it’s like they don’t actually look through the viewfinder? I mean, that’s an almost striking shot — if they’d gotten rid of those people sitting on the fence, which just makes it look awkward.

The casting is also really weird.

Capricious Summer. Jirí Menzel. 1968.

This blog post is part of the Eclipse series.

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