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A Blonde in Love [DVD]


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  • Actors: Hana Brejchová, Vladimír Pucholt, Vladimír Mensík
  • Directors: Milos Forman
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Second Run DVD
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Jan 2011
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003YHX56M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,385 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Milos Forman s 1965 feature (Oscar-nominated as Best Foreign Language Film that year) is a bitter comic tale of a young Czech girl who falls in love with a musician after a one-night stand and follows him to Prague where she moves in with him and his disapproving parents, throwing all of their lives into chaos. A wry comedy that evolves from an implicit critique of government policy, corruption and ineptitude, A Blonde in Love is a tender and beautifully observed story about the impossible odds of young romance in Communist Czechoslovakia. It is also important as one of the first works of a world-renowned director, showing the beginnings of the style and pre-occupations prominent in many of Forman's subsequently acclaimed films including Fireman s Ball, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ragtime, The People vs Larry Flintand Amadeus.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A. S. Potts on 23 Jan 2011
Format: DVD
The Second Run release of Forman's A Blonde in Love [1965] has finally arrived and the first thing to say is that the quality is excellent. The image is crisp, clean and full of contrast and detail. Of course there's some damage here and there, it's nearly 50 years old. I'm sure Michael Brooke is correct when he comments that it's better than [or at least comparable to] the much older Criterion edition, the review of which Amazon have appended here, as is their usual custom.

Forty years ago I bought myself a small Studio Vista paperback called New Cinema in Eastern Europe. I spent many an hour gazing into the photographs and trying to imagine the rest of the film. One memorable image was of a young naked blonde girl sitting on a bed, her back turned towards the camera. Happily it's that iconic image that SR have chosen to grace another of their stylish DVD covers.

As a result of this book I developed a substantial 'to see' list, but this one has eluded me until now. This is a beautiful tragicomic film that exhibits a deeply humane understanding and acceptance of human foibles. A Blonde in Love is everything I hoped it would be; I love the loose, unrehearsed manner in which much of the footage of the dance, and other crowd scenes is photographed. A technique also apparent in The Firemen's Ball. Such footage is carefully cut with the dialogue set-ups which are both comic and bittersweet. Then there are the more intimate scenes such as the poignant and in part very funny, one night stand between Andula, the blonde, and Milda a young musician.

Although we see various aspects of Andula's life, at work, at the workers dormitory, and out with her girlfriends, where she exhibits a sullen beauty, we know very little about her or where she's from.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 July 2008
Format: DVD
Milos Forman's Loves of a Blonde is a wonderful movie...sweet and awful. Sweet, because Forman gives us no one we can dislike as he tells us the story of Andula (Hana Brejchova), a young factory worker in the depressing town of Zruc, making endless pairs of shoes alongside dozens of other young women. Not Milda (Vladimir Puchott), the young piano player who comes to town with a band, seduces Andula, and then leaves for Prague. Not the factory bosses, or the other young women who are bored and eager for husbands (they outnumber the men 16 to one). Not even the regiment of aging, smoking, unattractive soldiers who were based in Zruc to lower the odds a bit. Not Milda's parents, who one day find Andula at their apartment door, suitcase in hand, because she gave her heart to Milda and took him seriously when he told her to come visit him in Prague sometime.

And awful, in a desperate sort of way, because Forman let's us see the lives all these people live in a Communist society that is petty, officious and incompetent. We can smile at a lecture an older woman gives the young factory girls about maintaining their honor and dignity with boys; we can even smile when two young leaders stand up and call for a vote to dedicate all of them to this idea; and we can smile when every girl in the room raises her hand to vote in favor, none against and none abstaining. Then we realize it might not be a good idea to snicker at a vote in favor of honor when a boss thinks it would be a good idea.

There are two long set pieces in the movie that are terrific. The first is a dance in town, held by officials so that the soldiers can meet the girls.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By brokenface on 27 Feb 2011
Format: DVD
Bittersweet is a good word, used by a previous reviewer. This is a bittersweet film. There is certainly comedy (particularly in the cringe-inducing early set-piece at the dance) and yet it's never exactly funny, as the whole picture emerges. There are no real bad guys, but there are crossed wires, hurt feelings and the subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) examples of state control. Nevertheless, it is hard not to be charmed by the characters, from the wide-eyed heroine to the awkwardly matchmaking boss and the bickering parents of the irresponsible Romeo.

The Second Run release is very good. No extras on the dvd, but an informative booklet and a very fine print of the film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sindri on 12 Jan 2012
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Czech-American screenwriter, professor and director Milos Forman`s second feature film which was shot in 1964, entirely on location in Zruc nad Sázavou and written by Ivan Passar, Jaroslav Papousek and Milos Forman, tells the story about a young working-class woman named Andula who lives in a small town called Zruc in Czechoslovakia where the local men is outnumbered by the local female population. Andula is engaged with her boyfriend Tondo, but when she attends a social gathering with her friends Marie and Jana she meets a pianist named Milda and gets involved in a new romance.

This slow-paced romantic comedy from the mid-1960s is a brilliantly written and directed social satire which portrays a young woman`s non-conformist love life in a very low-keyed manner while making a sharp critique of notions of democracy during a period when the Czech government was still being ruled by a Communist regime. Slightly sad and charmingly humorous, this dialog-driven and condensed study of character from the Czechoslovak New Wave has a gifted cast primarily consisting of non-professional actors.

The efficient bittersweet atmosphere which sets the tone and which is reinforced by the fine black-and-white cinematography by Milos Forman`s frequent collaborator, Czech cinematographer Miroslav Ondríscek and the jazzy score by Czech composer Evzen Illín. Milos Forman`s vividly narrated film gained an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Language film in 1967, was nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1965 and is emphasized by Czech actress Hana Brejchová`s memorable and understated acting performance in her debut role as the charming Andula who is looking for love.
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