Jiří Menzel

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Jiří Menzel
Jiří Menzel.jpg
Jiří Menzel in 2007
Born (1938-02-23) 23 February 1938 (age 80)
Occupation Film director

Jiří Menzel (Czech: [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.

Menzel, a member of the Czech New Wave, became internationally famous in 1967, when his first feature film, Closely Watched Trains, won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[1] His controversial film Larks on a String was filmed in 1969, but was initially banned by the Czechoslovakian 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.[2]

Menzel was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film again in 1986 with his dark comedy My Sweet Little Village.[3] In 1987, he was a member of the jury at the 37th Berlin International Film Festival.[4] In 1989 he was a member of the jury at the 16th Moscow International Film Festival.[5] In 1995 he was a member of the jury at the 19th Moscow International Film Festival.[6] He would be conferred with Lifetime Achievement Award at IFFI in November 2013.[7]

Filmography as director

Year English title Original title Notes
1960 Prefabricated Houses Domy z panelů School film
1963 Our Mr. Foerster Died Umřel nám pan Foerster School film
1965 Concert '65 Koncert 65 Short documentary
1965 Crime at the Girls School Zločin v dívčí škole Segment "Crime at the Girls School"
1966 Pearls from the Deep Perličky na dně Segment "Smrt pana Baltazara" (The Death of Mr. Balthazar)
1966 Closely Watched Trains Ostře sledované vlaky Academy Award winner
1968 Crime in a Music Hall Zločin v šantánu
1968 Capricious Summer Rozmarné léto
1969 Larks on a String Skřivánci na niti Banned and not released until 1990
1974 Altered Landscapes Proměny krajiny Short documentary
1974 Who Looks for Gold? Kdo hledá zlaté dno
1976 Seclusion Near a Forest Na samotě u lesa
1978 Those Wonderful Movie Cranks Báječní muži s klikou
1980 Cutting It Short Postřižiny
1981 Tři v tom TV theatre
1982 Krasosmutnění TV film
Dr. Johann Faust, Praha II., Karlovo nám. 40 TV theatre
1984 The Snowdrop Festival Slavnosti sněženek
1985 My Sweet Little Village Vesničko má středisková Nominated for Academy Award
1986 Chocolate Cop Die Schokoladenschnüffler
1989 End of Old Times Konec starých časů
1981 Audience TV film
1991 Beggar's Opera Žebrácká opera
1993 Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin Život a neobyčejná dobrodružství vojáka Ivana Čonkina
1998 Jacobowski a plukovník TV film
2002 Ten Minutes Older Segment "One Moment"
2006 I Served the King of England Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále
2013 The Don Juans[8] Donšajni[9]

TV series

  • Hospoda (The Pub) (1996). A sitcom where Menzel played a psychiatrist, who came everyday to one Prague pub. He made lots of fun with his friends.


  • Škvorecký J. Jiří Menzel and the history of the "Closely Watched Trains". Boulder: East European Monographs, 1982


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  6. "19th Moscow International Film Festival (1995)". MIFF. Retrieved 2013-03-16.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "IFFI 2013 to open with Malayalam Film Kanyaka Talkies". Biharprabha News. Retrieved 17 November 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "IMDb: Skirt Chasers". http://www.imdb.com. Retrieved 14 September 2013. External link in |website= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Česko-Slovenská filmová databáze: Donšajni". http://www.csfd.cz. Retrieved 14 September 2013. External link in |website= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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