Otakar Vávra is widely considered the father of Czech cinema, with a career spanning the best part of the twentieth century and a bit, including some of the most turbulent years in the country’s history. But his most famous work is his 1966 drama “Romance pro kridlovku” [Eng. Title: Romance for Bugle], made during a relatively liberal period in Czechoslovakia, leading up to the Prague Spring. The film is based on an epic poem by Frantisek Hrubin, who also worked on the screenplay.
Most of the film is told through flashback as Vojta, a middle aged teacher back in his village after many years, recognises a bugler at the bar. They get talking until he enquires about Terina, a fairground girl with whom he’d fallen deeply in love as a youth during school holidays many decades ago. The film takes us back to that summer, their romance in between his duties tending to an ailing grandfather, and his persistent rivalry with the bugler for Terina’s affections.
Ahh for sweet Nostalgia! 🙂
The film is a charming, bitter-sweet romance told with an air of nostalgia while also reminding us of their reality, including class divisions. Beautifully shot with some amazing visuals, it is one of those films that stick with you long after you’ve put the DVD away. Needless to say, this black and white gem is Recommended Viewing..!
The Nudity: Miriam Kantorková
There is a special scene where Tonka, a slightly older local lass, beckons Vojta to the spot in the river where she’s bathing. After trying not to notice her at first, the boy gives in, and leaves his grandfather to join Tonka for some fun and frolic. The woman is played by a voluptuous Miriam Kantorková.