Movie Night: Ucho (1970)


Who is afraid of Big Brother? – Sunday November 24th 2013, Movie night, Ucho (The Ear) from Karel Kachyna, Czechoslovakia, 1970, in Czech language with English subtitles. Writers: Karel Kachyna, Jan Procházka (screenplay), starring Jirina Bohdalová, Radoslav Brzobohatý, Gustav Opocenský. Door opens at 20:00, film begins at 21:00.

This highly-charged political satire from Czechoslovakia was banned for 20 years. It is the chronicle of a miserable marriage between a provincial bureaucrat and the boozy daughter of a pub-owner who find trouble when they learn through the grapevine that one of the husband’s superior’s has been arrested. Now the husband fears that a major purge is in the offing. Their fears are not allayed by the fact that their house keys have disappeared, nor can they shake the feeling that someone is watching them. Things don’t get any better when they finally get into the house and find signs that someone has been in there.

Initially noted for its brave political stance, Ucho is now just as remarkable for its pared-down aesthetics and unsparing view of a personal relationship in an Orwellian state.

Film night at Joe’s Garage, warm and cozy cinema! Doors open at 8pm, film begins at 9pm, free entrance. You want to play a movie, let us know: joe [at] squat [dot] net