In Karel Kachyňa's remarkable The Ear, a Communist Party functionary and wife find their house under surveillance and riddled with listening devices put there by his own ministry, and a harrowing night of dread and paranoia ensues.
One of the most courageous and innovative films of its time, fearlessly referring to many taboo subjects of the Stalinist era, The Ear was banned by the Czech authorities, and remained unseen for twenty years. This landmark film is an extraordinary mix of one of the most direct indictments of life under an oppressive totalitarian system and a not-so-private examination of a disintegrating marital relationship.
“By far the best of the Czech movies banned when Dubček was toppled in 1969... the bitterest and most scathing account of what it takes to get ahead in a Communist bureaucracy"Time Out
"One of the most politically incendiary films to emerge from the Czechoslovak New Wave”
- East European Film Bulletin
“A boldfaced, haunting satire in the vein of Juraj Herz’s wicked, legendary The Cremator, Karel Kachyna’s Czech New Wave classic is as arresting as early Cassavetes and as paranoid as The Conversation, which came four years later”
1990 Cannes Film Festival / Palme d’Or nomination.
1990 Plzeň Film Festival / Winner: Golden Kingfisher
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