Presented from new HD materials, Second Run presents a special Blu-ray edition of one of its most enduringly popular titles – Ivan Passer’s Intimate Lighting.
This wonderfully subtle comedy of provincial life is the debut film of a great director and one of the signature works of the Czech New Wave. Ivan Passer’s film concerns the dreams of two musician friends, one of whom, having left their small hometown to become successful, returns to visit the other who stayed behind to become a local music teacher.
Focussing on the humour of the ordinary and routine and stunningly shot by Miroslav Ondrícek (A Blonde in Love, Amadeus), the film shows true affection and understanding for all its characters to become that very rare thing in comedy – a work of great originality and universal acceptance.
One of the most important films of the Czech New Wave, and which was ranked among the top ten domestic films of all time, Intimate Lighting is a beautifully observed drama of the everyday.
"[One] of the ten films which have most affected me"
- Krzysztof Kieslowski
"Ivan Passer's film is a small one but pristine. It is sincere, no pretending. I consider it as one of the best Czech films."
- Jiří Menzel
"Intimate Lighting is one of the best European films of the 1960s"
- Roger Ebert
"It loses none of its charm, to age or to repeated viewing. It is one of those very special movies that does not so much reveal new secrets each time you see it as confirm a justness and good humour that was never hidden"
- New York Times
"A moving, sympathetically directed study of belonging, place and the pleasures of friendship... Wistful, gently comic and affecting"
- Time Out
"This 1965 gem stands as one of the finest works of the short-lived Czech New Wave... Passer has forged something funny and rare: a genuine comedy of melancholy"
- Chicago Reader
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