The End Of Good Old Times

The End of Good Old Times

The story starts after the First World War when with the breakdown of the Austria-Hungarian Empire, Europe is being reshaped and on October 28, 1918 the Czechoslovak Republic is founded. A duke is forced to flee and a regent is appointed for the management of his estate. In other words, as Visconti points out in his famous film, leopards have been replaced by jackals. Menzel, as in his previous films in comedy form, tells us about people dizzied with their greed, tricking each other for more land, more money. He reveals their hypocracies, their fears in a Colorful mockery. The Czech author Vaclav Havel who believes the left / right polarities of the Cold War to be meaningless, points out the importance of the rehabilitation of values like trust, clearness, responsibility, solidarity, love. A man suddenly appearing in the film, we do not know who he is or where he comes from, symbolizes all these values. The only light of hope that flic kers in the film is the transfer of these values to the young ones. Prof. Dr. Oğuz Onaran

Czech Republic
85'
1989

Director
Jiri Menzel

Script
Jirí Blazek
Jirí Menzel (Vladislav Vancura'nın romanından)

Cinematography
Jaromir Sofre

Editing
Jiri Brozek

Production
Barrandov Studio

Cast
Barbora Leichnerová
Jan Hartl
Jan Hrusinski
Jaromir Hanzlik
Jirí Adamira
Josef Abrhám
Marián Labuda
Rudolf Hrusinsky

Music
Jiri Sust

Awards
Best Director
Best Film
Los Angeles 1990
Montreal 1989

Festivals
5th Festival on Wheels
USTA RESPECT: Jiri Menzel