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Larks on a String

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Original title
Skrivánci na niti (Larks on a String)
Year
Running time
94 min.
Country
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
Director
Screenwriter
Jirí Menzel (Novel: Bohumil Hrabal)
Music
Jirí Sust
Cinematography
Jaromír Sofr
Cast
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Producer
Filmové Studio Barrandov
Genre
Comedy. Drama
Synopsis / Plot
Prague in the early 1950's. Bourgeois elements are being re-educated by working in a scrapyard full of the detritus of industrial society. The volunteer workers comprise a professor of literature, a public prosecutor, a dairyman, a saxophonist, a barber, and a young cook. Also working in the yard are a number of female prisoners serving a year for trying to defect... A camera crew arrives with potted plants and other props. An idyllic scene is created; the prisoners star briefly in a pro-North Korean newsreel before going back to work... The volunteers are striking because the scrapyard work quotas have risen without consultation. A union rep arrives to persuade them otherwise... The guard for the female prisoners gets married but the gypsy musicians make a mess at his reception. The cook flirts with one of the pretty prisoners and finally proposes...
Awards
1990: Berlin Film Festival: Golden Bear, FIPRESCI (Honourable Mention)
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