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A Report on the Party and Guests (1966)

O slavnosti a hostech (original title)
A small group of adult bourgeois friends are on a day outing in the country, that outing which includes having a picnic. While they are going for a walk after the picnic, they encounter a ... See full summary »

Director:

Jan Nemec

Writers:

Ester Krumbachová (screenplay), Ester Krumbachová (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ivan Vyskocil Ivan Vyskocil ... Hostitel
Jan Klusák ... Rudolf
Jiri Nemec Jiri Nemec ... Josef
Pavel Bosek Pavel Bosek ... Frantisek
Karel Mares Karel Mares ... Karel
Evald Schorm ... Manzel
Jana Pracharová Jana Pracharová ... Paní
Zdena Skvorecka Zdena Skvorecka ... Eva
Milon Novotny Milon Novotny ... Zenich (as Milon Novotný)
Helena Pejsková Helena Pejsková ... Marta (as H. Pejsková)
Dana Nemcova Dana Nemcova ... nevesta Olinka
Antonin Prazak Antonin Prazak ... Antonín (as Antonín Prazák)
Josef Skvorecký ... Guest #1
Adolf Siroký Adolf Siroký ... Host
Václav Vodák Václav Vodák ... Host (as Dr. V. Vodák)
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A small group of adult bourgeois friends are on a day outing in the country, that outing which includes having a picnic. While they are going for a walk after the picnic, they encounter a group of officious looking men who commandeer them to a small clearing. Although there is no direct threat and the picnickers are not scared, they nonetheless feel the need to do what the men say. The men, led by one called Rudolph, set the rules of "the game". Ultimately, the picnickers learn that Rudolph was supposed to invite them to a party nearby. Much like the game, the party's host sets the rules for the party to which the picnickers and all the other guests must abide. Order in the eyes of the host seems to be paramount. Although the picnickers and the other guests enjoy many aspects of the party, some just do not want to be there, such thinking which cannot be tolerated. Written by Huggo

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Famous as being "banned forever" in Czechoslovakia after the Soviet invasion. See more »

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Wife: I quite enjoy being alone. I always wash my underwear. I like things to be nice and cared for.
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Another Masterpiece of the Czech New Wave
25 November 2003 | by iheartkpSee all my reviews

'A Report on the Party and the Guests' is not just a biting political allegory on Communism, it is also one of the most astute observations on human nature I have ever seen- which is what makes it universal.

The "plot" revolves around a group of friends who are having a picnic in the park one afternoon, but are eventually forced into going to a birthday celebration for a man they do not know. In order to gain his favor, some of the group betray a friend who left the party. The plot is actually loosely structured after the manner that Czechoslovakia was taken over by the Communists in the 50's, and the way the Czechs allowed it to happen. Interestingly for a film that was "banned forever" by the Communists, I found it to be more scathing in its depiction of the people who were seduced into the situation, and then collaborated with the party overseeres.

In a film with a surrealist plot, the acting is surprisingly realistic. The situation is so bizarre, but the film poses the question: if you were there would you have acted any different? The situation, after all, was very bizarre in real life too. The acting is excellent, the cinemetography is excellent, and Jan Nemec (whose Holocaust film 'Diamonds of the Night' I found to be disappointing) directs with a bold hand. This is a great film, and it's not just a history lesson. There's humor in it too, and it's very interesting from a psychological perspective. 10/10


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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

11 September 1968 (France) See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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