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Czech New Wave Gem,
This review is from: Intimate Lighting  [DVD]  (DVD)Taking his young city girlfriend along for the trip, a man visits old musical friends in a country village for a string quartet rehearsal.
This 1965 film has a number of connections with Milos Foreman's early docu-drama Rehearsal/Audition (also just released on DVD), but Intimate Lighting is a much more fully realized film. It's one of those quirky classics of the Czech New Wave: lots of understated humour & pathos & little surrealist touches or observations. It's beautifully conceived and realized; great cinematography & editing, making for a very quick-witted film (as opposed to merely comic) and having the uncontrived bittersweet quality that the best East European film, particularly Czech, had in the 1960s and which you rarely find elsewhere. Excellent DVD edition from Second Run (watch out Masters of Cinema!), including interview with director and an informative booklet. After finding out the background info concerning the main actor I realized the film was even more poignant, almost unbearably so. One other recommendation: this was one of Kieslowski's ten favourite films!