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With: Rudolf Hrusínský, Vlastimil Brodský, Frantisek Rehák, Míla Mysl�ková, Jana Preissová, Jirí Menzel
Written by: Vladimír Kalina, Jan Libora, Jirí Menzel, Václav Nývlt, based on the novel by Vladislav Vancura
Directed by: Jirí Menzel
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Language: Czech with English subtitles
Running Time: 74
Date: 03/19/2013

Capricious Summer (1967)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

'Summer' Spell

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

A year after his international hit Closely Watched Trains, Czech director Jiri Menzel returned with another lighthearted comedy, Capricious Summer (1967, Facets Video). In it, three middle-aged friends love nothing more than to drink and discuss Deep Thoughts while dangling their toes in a run-down swimming hole. When a cut-rate circus performer (Menzel himself) shows up with a beautiful blonde assistant, the friends' world gets turned upside down. The color photography only accentuates the dreariness of this overcast summer, and the end result is not quite as engaging as Closely Watched Trains, but it certainly proves that Menzel was not a one-hit wonder.

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