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Tomas is a doctor and a lady-killer in 1960s Czechoslovakia, an apolitical man who is struck with love for the bookish country girl Tereza; his more sophisticated sometime lover Sabina eventually accepts their relationship and the two women form an electric friendship. The three are caught up in the events of the Prague Spring (1968), until the Soviet tanks crush the non-violent rebels; their illusions are shattered and their lives change forever.Written by
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The sequence depicting the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia incorporates real documentary footage of the era shot by students of Prague Film School with new scenes recreated for the movie. One of the film students, Jan Nemec, has a small role as a cameraman who is beaten and has his film confiscated by the Soviet police. See more »
When Tomas drives to the spa town to perform an operation in the beginning of the film, he is shown driving a light blue sedan with an aluminum roof rack. After meeting Tereza and then leaving to drive back back to Prague, he is seen driving off in a car of a darker shade of blue with no roof rack. See more »
First Title Card:
In Prague, in 1968, there lived a young doctor named Tomas...
Take off your clothes.
[line recurs several times during film]
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I know this is considered one great picture but I am one of the people who's attention was lost early on. I have read on here, people complaining about the length but it wasn't only the almost unbearable running time that didn't do it for me, it was also the extremely slow lackluster pace. If a movie moves at a brisk pace and is enjoyable to watch the length may not even be felt. I wanted to like this because I felt I SHOULD like this because it's considered such an intellectual film that it's almost like you HAVE to like it. But I didn't.I'm not saying it's not an interesting film just not for everyone. The characters themsleves, lost me early on and there was such a slow buildup it was maddening. Add to that, the almost unbearable length of the picture and it's really hard to sit through.
I know this film has it's fans but reading the comments here it looks like I'm not alone in my thoughts on this. This is the type of movie you watch to have long, deep analytical discussions about after but in my case the only discussion I could come up with is: turn it off.
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