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  • Actors: Jirina Bohdalová, Radoslav Brzobohatý, Gustav Opocenský, Miroslav Holub, Lubor Tokos
  • Directors: Karel Kachyna
  • Writers: Karel Kachyna, Jan Procházka, Ladislav Winkelhöfer
  • Producers: Karel Vejrík
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Czech
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Second Run
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Oct. 2005
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ASALVA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,066 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Although made in 1970, The Ear (Ucho) was immediately banned by the Czech authorities and remained unseen for twenty years, being finally released only after the Velvet Revolution took place in Czechoslovakia . This landmark film is an extraordinary mix of one of the most direct indictments of life under an oppressive totalitarian system and a not-so-private examination of a disintegrating marital relationship.

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" By far the best of the Czech movies banned after Dubcek was toppled in 1969" -- Time Out

" Directed with awesome control... masterly" **** -- Radio Times

" The Ear is a surprisingly commercial thriller that tangles with dark undercurrents - a movie ripe for rediscovery" -- Philadelphia City

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At last available on DVD, possibly one of the greatest Czech films. In essence an examination of the disintigration of the fabric of life, the convictions and trust of marriage and the ideology of a communist party member who finds himself being spied on by the system he represents.

Tight script, tight direction and great acting make this film a truly memorable examination of Cold War paranoia from the "other" side. Worth every penny...
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This is a very enjoyable film which has not diminished in its intensity with the passing years. The events are perfectly believable as I am in my late 60s and recall growing up to regular news of the Iron Curtain. Perhaps the over - riding message is living within a state in fear and uncertainty. Prague is different now but this film deserves to act as a reminder of a darker recent history.
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Karel Kachyna's "The Ear" is a remarkable documentation of constant fear, the disintegration of privacy and the breaking down of minds. The inability to express one's self, trying to restrain emotion, but having it tumbling out from sheer exasperation. Simply put, the study of a house under watch during a totalitarian regime. Kachyna's fascinating insight into a disintegrating marriage is heightened by the setting of an oppressive system, making this an examination of anxiety for one's safety, as well an intense inspection of a failing relationship.

Kachyna's potent camerawork and brilliant composition, makes the viewer feel as if he/she are the eyes of the "Ears". The couple are constantly in fear of being over heard, being careful not to discuss certain matters in various rooms. Always referring to recording devices as "The Ear", they lower their voices and close doors before speaking. Cleverly, Kachyna has the characters dressed (for most of the film) in their night clothes, as the possibility of being seen has not crossed their minds. We, the viewer, feel like the unsuspected camera, recording their movements and body language as well as eves-dropping on their conversations.

The acting of the cast is superb, the leads Radoslav Brzobohatý and Jiřina Bohdalová both work brilliantly together. The characters are two extremes, drunken, loud and emotional Anna ( Bohdalova) and angry, cautious, impatient Ludvík, makes this study a captivating viewing. The cinematography, as I have already mentioned, is excellent, using black and white to the best of it's advantages. The effect that director Karel Kachyna causes makes me regret the accessibility of his other achievements, as this is his only film on DVD.
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