Those Wonderful Movie Cranks

Film, Comedy
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The cranks in question are pioneers of the Czech silent cinema - an opportunist travelling showman and his female entourage, a dopey documentarist, and a faded stage actress - vacillating over whether or not posterity deserves a record of the latter's histrionics. They are not wonderful. And the film, in its faux-naïf flatness, is not 'charming': it's leaden, slushy and slapdash, and ill serves the memory of silent cinema. Saddening, tedious, and intermittently annoying.

By: PT

Release details

Duration: 88 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Jirí Menzel
Screenwriter: Oldrich Vlcek, Jirí Menzel
Cast: Rudolf Hrusinsky
Vlasta Fabiánová
Blazena Holisová
Vladimir Mensik
Jirí Menzel
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