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Jiří Menzel is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and First Assistant Director Tchecoslovaque born on 23 february 1938 at Prague (Republique tcheque)

Jiří Menzel

Jiří Menzel
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Nationality Tchecoslovaquie
Birth 23 february 1938 at Prague (Republique tcheque)
Death 5 september 2020 (at 82 years)

Jiří Menzel ([ˈjɪr̝iː ˈmɛntsl̩]) (born February 23, 1938, Prague) is a Czech film director, theatre director, actor, and screenwriter. His films often combine a humanistic view of the world with sarcasm and provocative cinematography. Some of these films are adapted from works by Czech writers such as Bohumil Hrabal and Vladislav Vančura.

He became famous in 1967, when his first feature film, Closely Watched Trains, won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. His controversial film Larks on a String was filmed in 1969, but was initially banned by the [Czechoslovakia] government. It was finally released in 1990 after the fall of the Communist regime. The film won the Golden Bear at the 40th Berlin International Film Festival.

Menzel was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film again in 1986 with his dark comedy My Sweet Little Village. In 1987, he was a member of the jury at the 37th Berlin International Film Festival. In 1989 he was a member of the jury at the 16th Moscow International Film Festival. In 1995 he was a member of the jury at the 19th Moscow International Film Festival. He would be conferred with Lifetime Achievement Award at IFFI in November 2013.


Son père, Jozef Menzel, est scénariste et écrivain. Jiří se rend célèbre dans les années 1960 en devenant le représentant de la Nouvelle Vague tchèque avec des chefs-d'œuvre comme Trains étroitement surveillés, inspiré d'un texte de Bohumil Hrabal qui reçoit l'Oscar du meilleur film en langue étrangère en 1968 ou Mon cher petit village nommé aux Oscars en 1986.

Best films

My Sweet Little Village (1985)

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Filmography of Jiří Menzel (33 films)

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The Sunken Cemetery
Genres Thriller, Horror
Actors Jiří Menzel, Ksenija Pajic, Mirko Boman
Roles Doktor Javorski
Rating63% 3.1827953.1827953.1827953.1827953.182795
All My Loved Ones, 1h31
Directed by Matej Mináč
Genres Drama, War
Themes Films about religion, Political films, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Rupert Graves, Josef Abrhám, Jiří Bartoška, Libuše Šafránková, Krzysztof Kolberger, Krzysztof Kowalewski
Rating72% 3.6343453.6343453.6343453.6343453.634345
It is the story of an upwardly-mobile Jewish-Czech family before Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia. After initial denial about the looming danger, the family is unable to find a way out of the country upon realizing the reality of the imminent Nazi threat. An uncle in the family meets Nicholas Winton, the (real life) British humanitarian who, just before the start of the Second World War, organized the rescue of several hundred Jewish children from German-occupied Czechoslovakia and likely death in the Holocaust. The operation was later known as the Czech Kindertransport. The storyline focuses heavily on Silberstein family members, with Nicholas Winton (portrayed by Rupert Graves) appearing briefly in key scenes near the end of the film.
The Little Apocalypse, 1h50
Directed by Costa-Gavras
Origin France
Genres Comedy
Themes Politique, Films about suicide
Actors André Dussollier, Pierre Arditi, Jiří Menzel, Anna Romantowska, Maurice Bénichou, Henryk Bista
Roles Stan
Rating61% 3.0979153.0979153.0979153.0979153.097915
Barbara et Henri organisent une fête à laquelle sont conviés d'anciens camarades signataires de pétitions. Parmi les invités se trouve Stan, l'ex-mari de Barbara, émigré polonais comme elle. Stan fuit vite l'ennui de cette fête d'anciens combattants et se réfugie dans la chambre de bonne délabrée de ses hôtes. En voulant changer une ampoule grillée, il provoque une véritable catastrophe et ses amis, alertés par le bruit, le retrouvent à terre entortillé dans les fils électriques. Tous croient à une tentative de suicide...
Everything I Like, 1h30
Directed by Martin Šulík
Genres Drama
Actors Juraj Nvota, Gina Bellman, Zdena Studenková, Jiří Menzel
Roles Vasek
Rating67% 3.3764653.3764653.3764653.3764653.376465
Un film sur les incertitudes auxquelles est confronté un homme de la Slovaquie post-communiste, sa relation avec son fils adolescent et sa petite amie professeur d'anglais qui rentrera bientôt en Angleterre.
The Elementary School, 1h40
Directed by Jan Svěrák
Origin Tchecoslovaquie
Genres Drama, War, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about education
Actors Jan Tříska, Zdeněk Svěrák, Libuše Šafránková, Rudolf Hrušínský, Eva Holubová, Petr Čepek
Rating78% 3.9433053.9433053.9433053.9433053.943305
The film is set shortly after the World War II (1945 and 1946) in one of the suburbs of Prague (it was shot in Michle). The main character Eda Souček (Václav Jakoubek) attends a boys' elementary school where he belongs to a class with a complete lack of discipline. After their teacher Maxová (Daniela Kolářová) goes insane during one of her classes, the schoolmaster (Rudolf Hrušínský) has to implement special measures. He employs a new male teacher Igor Hnízdo (Jan Tříska), who is said to be a great war hero. Authoritative Hnízdo immediately introduces corporal punishment which, as he explains, is not normally allowed but the school has received an exception from the Ministry of Education as a result of their dreadful behaviour. Despite his strict methods, the boys soon become charmed by the man. They love his battlefront stories and the fact that he is always armed and wears a uniform. Eda sees him as the very opposite of his own father (Zdeněk Svěrák) whom he considers to be too cowardly. Hnízdo makes the same positive impression on all people he meets (including Eda's mother portrayed by Libuše Šafránková). Nevertheless, his persona is also surrounded by many controversies. For example his war heroism is disputed as he is unable to provide any accurate information about his military service. There is even an unconfirmed rumour that Hnízdo was only guarding goats during the war. But the boys from his class ignore all negative comments and even fight those who are spreading the rumours. Hnízdo's reputation suffers after he is accused of having a sexual relationship with local twins who attend a girls' school in the same area. He is forced to leave because this is not the first time he has been involved in a similar affair. The formerly unmanageable boys begin to defend Hnízdo and call for his return. The accusation is finally withdrawn and Hnízdo comes back to the class. He states that the way they were dealing with the accusation is a proof that the physical punishments are no longer necessary.
Larks on a String, 1h36
Directed by Jiří Menzel
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Romance
Actors Rudolf Hrušínský, Vlastimil Brodský, Václav Neckář, Jaroslav Satoranský, Jiří Menzel, Vera Ferbasová
Roles Convict
Rating73% 3.6933753.6933753.6933753.6933753.693375
À la fin des années 1940 ou au début des années 1950, des bourgeois sont envoyés dans une décharge de ferraille afin de perdre leurs vieux réflexes et être réhabilités selon les critères du régime communiste. Ils étaient médecin, philosophe, saxophoniste... Cependant rien ne les atteint et ils continuent dans une joyeuse nonchalance à s'entretenir du monde.
Martha and I
Origin German
Genres Drama
Themes Films about religion, Political films, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Marianne Sägebrecht, Michel Piccoli, Klaus Grünberg, Božidara Turzonovová, Jiří Menzel
Roles Doctor Benda
Rating66% 3.317783.317783.317783.317783.31778
Dans les années 1930, à Prague, un riche médecin épouse sa servante, Martha. Leur vie va être bouleversée par l'arrivée des Nazis au pouvoir.
Ferat Vampire
Directed by Juraj Herz
Origin Tchecoslovaquie
Genres Science fiction, Horror
Actors Jiří Menzel, Petr Čepek, Blanka Waleská, Juraj Herz
Roles Dr. Marek
Rating58% 2.9083952.9083952.9083952.9083952.908395
Doctor Marek (Jiří Menzel) is shocked when his beloved nurse, Mima (Dagmar Veškrnová), signs a contract with foreign car manufacturer Ferat to work as a rally-driver. Rumours abound that the Ferat sports car runs not on petrol, but on human blood.
The Cremator, 1h35
Directed by Juraj Herz
Origin Tchecoslovaquie
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Horror
Actors Rudolf Hrušínský, František Smolík, Míla Myslíková, Jiří Menzel, Eduard Kohout, Vladimír Menšík
Roles Dvořák
Rating79% 3.996533.996533.996533.996533.99653
The movie takes place against the backdrop of the political radicalization of Europe during the 1930s, more specifically the demise of the golden era of the First Czechoslovak Republic and the establishment of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia under Nazi Germany. Spiritually, the movie takes place in the aftermath of the death of Thubten Gyatso, the 13th Dalai Lama in 1933.
Capricious Summer, 1h14
Directed by Jiří Menzel
Origin Tchecoslovaquie
Genres Comedy, Romance
Actors Rudolf Hrušínský, Vlastimil Brodský, Míla Myslíková, Jiří Menzel
Roles Arnoštek
Rating69% 3.494823.494823.494823.494823.49482
L'histoire humoristique du major Hugo, du prêtre Roch et du gardien de bain Antonín Dura durant des journées d'été pluvieuses.