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The Ear (1990)

Ucho (original title)
After coming home from a Party gathering one night, a Czechoslovakian official becomes convinced that he is about to be the subject of a political purge and tries to do damage control, while also dealing with his turbulent marriage.

Director:

Karel Kachyna

Writers:

Karel Kachyna, Jan Procházka (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jirina Bohdalová ... Anna
Radoslav Brzobohatý ... Ludvik - námestek ministra
Gustav Opocenský ... Soudruh
Miroslav Holub ... Generál
Lubor Tokos ... Ministr
Borivoj Navrátil ... Cejnar
Jirí Císler ... Standa
Jaroslav Moucka ... Vagera
Karel Vasicek Karel Vasicek ... Básník
Ladislav Krivácek Ladislav Krivácek ... Tajný
Frantisek Nemec ... Tajný
Jan Teplý ... Tajný
Josef Sulc Josef Sulc ... Tajný
Bronislav Poloczek ... Tajný
Alois Mottl Alois Mottl ... Tajný
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Storyline

Husband (senior ministry official) and wife find their house is riddled with listening devices put there by his own ministry. A harrowing night follows (reminiscent of 'Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf'), and the resolution is _worse_ than being carted off to jail... Written by Stephen Simmonds <ssimmond@extro.ucc.su.oz.au>

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Drama | Thriller

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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech | Russian

Release Date:

18 October 1990 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

La oreja See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Vladimír Brabec, Miroslav Zounar, Josef Vinklár, Josef Somr, Eduard Cupák and Ludek Munzar auditioned part of Ludvík, eventually played by Radoslav Brzobohatý. See more »

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chilling perfection
24 March 2004 | by manfromgreenSee all my reviews

I've seen this a couple of days ago in a tribute to Karel Kachyna who died recently. It is simply amazing. A well connected party/government (same thing) aparatchik and wife get driven back to their villa from a state reception to find their keys missing, house unlocked, without electricity, working telephone. They are being snippy with each other to start with, but when the man starts getting a little paranoid about the situation and starts getting little flashbacks from the reception (his immediate boss - a minister - and several colleagues are not present there, some ppl express mild suprise he is there himself, he is obviously not privy to certain hush-hush information, their chaffeur is missing and the place is full of "cliftons" i.e. secret police (get me a salmon, that's the red thing:)) they both really deteriorate into panic, accusssations, dragging long-forgotten things into open... The point is they know they are being listened to, but their safe haven are the toilets, the bathroom and the kitchen where the bugging devices are not ordinarily placed... but not for long I cannot imagine how did Mr. K imagine this thing would be released ever. It's a miracle it only got shelved and can remind us nowadays how bad it really was...It is one of the most thruthfull portrayals of uncertanities of love and life back then


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