KONKURS is Milos Formans debut film and is considered to be the film that launched what became known internationally as the Czech New Wave. It was originally made as two separate featurettes but the style and themes were very similar and so they were released as one film. KONKURS is important as the first work of a world-renowned director because it clearly shows the beginnings of the style and pre-occupations that became prominent in many of Formans subsequently acclaimed films including Loves of a Blonde and Amadeus.
Not only is KONKURS very assured for a first film but it is also the debut film of Miroslav Ondricek (cinematographer of If and Amadeus) and Ivan Passer (director of Intimate Lighting and Cutters Way).
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Czech ( Mono ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Booklet, Interactive Menu, Remastered, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Part one cuts between rehearsals/performance by rival brass bands and the competing attraction of a cross-country motorbike race. Part Two anticipates the audition scenes in Taking Off, as a throng of female singers try out for a part in a show. Though originally made as separate featurettes, the two episodes form a plausible entity, being so similar stylistically and thematically. The approach is documentary with some fictional elements gently interpolated - in the first the defection of two youthful trombonists, in the second the lightly sketched backgrounds of two of the singers. Extremely assured for an apprentice work, this displays the same mix of shrewdness and tenderness that marked all Forman's early films. But as with many East European movies of this era, one suspects that a political allegory is concealed at the heart of it all. ...Audition / Talent Competition ( Konkurs ) ( Audition/Talent Competition )