08 19 Oct '24

Jaromil Jires

Zert (The Joke)

Edition 1990
80' - 1969 - Drama - Dialogue: Czech
Director: Jaromil Jires Composer: Zdenek Pololanik With: Josef Somr, Jana Dítetová, Ludek Munzar
Milan Kundera's novel tells the story of Ludvik, a student who is in love with Marketa, a cheerful college gin who joins the socialist euphoria after the foundation of the Republic in 1949 by spending her holiday joining the brick workers. Ludvik is skeptical about all this and he sends an ironic postcard telling her that "Optimism is opium for the people. Enthusiasm smells of stupidity. Long live Trotsky!" Soon he is sent away from the university and forced to do military service on the suspicion of Trotskism. 15 years later, Ludvlk hopes to take revenge on Pavel Zemanek, the fellow student who caused him years of misery, by making love to Pavel's wife...

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Credits

Director

Jaromil Jires

Composer

Zdenek Pololanik

With

Josef Somr, Jana Dítetová, Ludek Munzar

Scenario

Jaromil Jires, Milan Kundera, Zdenek Bláha

Director of Photography

Jan Curik

Editor

Josef Valuciak

Producer

Milos Stejskal

More information

Dialogue

Czech

Countries of production

Czechoslovakia

Screenplay based on

Milan Kundera's novelle

Year

1969

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