I Served the King of England
Time Out says
He looks back from the ’60s over a five-decade Schweik-ian career surviving the vissitudes of Czech history, from the 1920s, through wartime occupation, to his 15-year jail stint under communism. Menzel adds a little slapstick to Hrabal’s fond fantasia, giving free rein to Dite’s sexual nostalgia – showing, in echoes of ‘American Beauty’, Dite artfully decorating a succession of seemingly happy prostitutes in flowers and fruit.
This voyeurism can make it seem too much of an old man’s film – which it is. But its serene, humourous and distinctly Czech take on the ironies and predations of capitalism, socialism, invasion and social prostitution is finally surprisingly moving.
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