I served the king of England

I served the king of England

DVD - 2009 | Czech
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A young restaurant worker does whatever it takes to become a millionaire, only to realize that by accomplishing his goal he has wound up in prison.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Classics : [Distrbuted by] Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, c2009
ISBN: 9781435938380
Branch Call Number: DVD I
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 119 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Froster Nov 29, 2014

Yeah, it's just fine, but it is only a slight progression from Menzel's first big movie, "Closely Watched Trains", made...what?..over 40 YEARS ago. Like that one, we have a Czech Everyman caught up in the crunch of Czech history. And like that one, the tone is satirical with snatches of dyspeptic philosophy. One major annoyance (still) is his treatment of women, which hasn't progressed during those 40 years past the "giggling, jiggling bunny" variety. What has clearly improved however, is the cinematography and art direction, which is at points absolutely breathtaking. Watch both these Menzel movies back-to-back and you decide how far he's come.

Dec 29, 2012

A surprising gem of a Czech movie, black but very humorous comedy at its best, very well plotted, well scripted, and superbly acted and photographed.

The story concerns the rise, fall and ultimate redemption of an ambitious young man, a waiter, whose only ambition is to become filthy rich and own his own luxurious hotel. His character, though amoral, is a imminently likeable scamp. (It also has some serious moments of introspective judgment.)


May 27, 2012

This sexual film kept me interest from start to finish. At first, I wasn't sure that I would enjoy it but the story-telling of one man's pursuit of money and a dream before, during and after the second World War was interesting.

conrad2 Mar 24, 2012

Aa series of picaresque erotic advantures that promise more than they yield. Fun, but not profound film-making.

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