Cutting It Short

Czechoslovakia 1980 / 93 min. /  DCP & Blu-ray

Director → Jiří Menzel / Screenplay → Bohumil Hrabal, Jiří Menzel / Director of Photography → Jaromír Šofr / Editor → Jiří Brožek / Set Designer → Zbyněk Hloch / zvuk → Karel Jaroš / Sound Designer → Jiří Šust / Cast → Magda Vašáryová, Jiří Schmitzer, Jaromír Hanzlík, Rudolf Hrušínský, Petr Čepek

Jiří Menzel is renowned for a number of adaptations of the works of the Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal. Cutting it Short is Hrabal’s nostalgic reminiscence of the beery idyll of inter-war Czechoslovakia, conveyed by Jiří Menzel with a perfect pitch for its sensibility, both human and aesthetic. The film is a celebration of a hedonistic approach to life, peopled with both major and minor characters and their intertwining paths.