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Intimate Lighting


Comedy / Drama / Music



One of the most important images of the Czech New Wave 60s, which was ranked among the top ten domestic films of all time. Feature debut screenwriter and director Ivan Passer is currently his only feature-length film, which was shot in Czechoslovakia. In this original sad comedy in a small town after ten years encounter two classmates - musicians: one is a member of the regional symphony orchestra, the other made it to the director of local music school puts family villa, playing at funerals ...


Ivan Passer

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Reviewed by ebbets-field 10 /10

A little-known gem

This virtually perfect little movie, shot inexpensively and even using some amateurs in the cast, deserves far greater exposure -- it's not even on video. Here is a wry yet sympathetic look at the human condition, and also the great role that music (in many forms) can play in life. If only the US film industry could recast itself to be able to produce truly genuine works like Intimate Lighting.

Reviewed by mangoloid N/A

Intimate Lighting

I'm assuming that if you've stumbled across this review, you have some interest in "Intimate Lighting", to which I might also add you probably know something or other about the Czech New Wave. This film is squarely in the Czech New Wave, but I must say I detest the use of the phrase "New Wave" (those ruinous French again).

Anyway, if I assume these things (which I'm certainly not allowed to), I submit that this film is a Must-See.

This is a film of remarkable simplicity. The camera is detached from any character's point of view and approaches the characters objectively, no judgment, which gives the film a bit of silliness (in an entirely humane way). Its simplicity and silliness are almost profound in their subtle implications of life.

And the ending -- oh, the ending! -- is what will likely vault the film high in a viewer's memory. The film is short (I love short films), so the ending springs on you almost unexpectedly. I won't ruin it, of course, but the ending is a masterpiece of subtlety (as a certain idol of mine might call it, a "moment") that lays bare (to the astute viewer) the simplicity and absurdity of humanity and our habits.

Key word: simplicity. I'm sure you're tired of my using it, but this is what gives "Intimate Lighting" (and some other CNW films) its power. And in its spirit, I've kept this review as simple as possible and hope that those of you reading this who express interest in seeing this film see it as soon as you can. If you have seen it, share your thoughts and encourage others to watch it. It is a must-see.

Reviewed by morrison-dylan-fan 8 /10

"People prefer to have a good cry than a good laugh."

With the Eastern European viewing challenge being in full flow on ICM,I decided to go searching on eBay for titles from UK company Second Run (SR). Aware of his name in connection to the work of Milos Forman, I was happy to stumble on a SR DVD of Ivan Passer's film,which led to me dimming the lights.

View on the film:

His lone Czech title before he fled the title for the US,co-writer/(with Jaroslav Papousek and Václav Sasek) director Ivan Passer plates up a delightful slice of tale, trimmed with Czech New Wave (CNW) stylisation. Going down to a small village, Passer casts an affectionate atmosphere in the fading white colouring making the film look like fading photos, and giddy whip-pans following the humours antics of the locals.Taking a different path to the usual "City man goes to rural town" set-up, the writers keep the comedy richly Folk music flavoured, in wit coming from the small town musicians trying to perform professionally and the mishaps of locals during daily routines. Keeping quiet from the crew that he was ill, (he passed away 6 weeks after filming) Karel Blazek brings a wonderful hearty humane quality to Bambas,which pours out as he and Peter (a very good Zdenek Bezusek) share their love of music under intimate lighting.

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