The Loves Of A Blonde

The Loves of a Blonde

Milos Forman is one of the most prominent names of Czech New Wave cinema. His second feature film, The Loves of a Blonde, made in 1965, is the story of a young woman trying to find herself amidst the difficult conditions of Czechoslovakia under Communist rule. Andula is one among hundreds of women working in a shoe factory. Many factories in Czechoslovakia in that period were organized according to gender and Andula lives in a dormitory with her other female coworkers. The bosses worry about the well-being of these women saying “there is no one to love them, to hold them”; the women work during the day and in the evening they have nothing else to do but to go back to their dorms. Just like the other women, Andula’s life revolves around men she has seen from afar, men she has spoken with or seen but once.When the bosses of the factory organize a dance so that the women can meet some men, Andula catches the eye of Milda who is playing the piano on stage. She later agrees to spend the night with him. For Milda this is a one-night stand, nothing new, but Andula believes she has found true love. In the weeks following the dance, Andula decides to create a new life for herself and to follow her heart. She packs her belongings and gets on the first truck to Prague, to surprise Milda at his house. Unfortunately when she gets there late at night, she finds that he isn’t home and that his parents haven’t even heard of her. Meanwhile, Milda’s parents are worried that their son might have to marry “this girl”, it doesn’t make matters any better for Andula, when Milda comes home and tells his parents that “No, he did not invite this girl home!” The Loves of a Blonde was nominated for an Oscar in 1967 and received the Best European Film Award at the Bodil Festival the same year. In this film, Forman illustrates the sometimes absurd results of central planning on social life in Czechoslovakia in that period. The film tells us that it is impossible to plan social life, no matter how well meaning everyone is. On the other hand, Forman does not let what he wants to say overshadow the story. A seemingly light story about a blonde woman and her love life is intertwined with the criticism of the communist system; they overlap and become inseparable. Even though the film tells a very specific story, set in a very specific time, it manages to become universal and timeless. This is a film that chills and warms one’s heart and one that isn’t forgotten easily. Zarife Öztürk

Czech Republic
88'
1965

Director
Milos Forman

Script
Ivan Passer
Jaroslav Papousek
Milos Forman
Václav Sasek

Cinematography
Miroslav Ondříček

Editing
Miroslav Hajek

Production
Barrandov Studio

Cast
Antonin Blazejovsky
Hana Brejchová
Ivan Kheil
Jana Novakova
Josef Sebanek
Marie Salacova
Milada Jezková
Vladimir Mensik
Vladimir Pucholt

Music
Evzen Illin

Awards
1967
Best European Film
Bodil

Festivals
5th Festival on Wheels
BEST OF EUROPE