Jiri Menzel

Closely Observed Trains; Larks on a String

Czech Republic

Voted in the directors’ poll

Voted for

Amarcord

1972

Federico Fellini

Citizen Kane

1941

Orson Welles

Crimes and Misdemeanors

1989

Woody Allen

Divorce Italian Style

1961

Pietro Germi

Dog's Life, A

1918

Charles Chaplin

Earth

1930

Aleksandr Dovzhenko

Firemans Ball

1967

Milos Forman

Nights of Cabiria

1957

Federico Fellini

Partie de campagne

1936

Jean Renoir

strada, La

1954

Federico Fellini

Comments

Partie de campagne was the first film that lighted on my head and showed me how should a very good film look.

The Fireman’s Ball very cleverly, briefly, with humour and friendly cruelty, tells about the character of Czech people.

All Chaplin’s early films assured me that the comedy can say in grotesque way much more about people’s characters than serious films, which after a certain time fade away and became ridiculous. Good comedy is immortal.

Earth shows how beautifully you can narrate by image, in black-and-white, without sound.

Crimes and Misdemeanors is American Anton Chekhov.

In the same way as many other Italian comedies, Divorce Italian Style knows how to look with a smile on different human deficiencies.

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