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The Unbearable Lightness of Being

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Original title
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Running time
164 min.
United States United States
Jean-Claude Carrière, Philip Kaufman (Novel: Milan Kundera)
Mark Adler
Sven Nykvist
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Saul Zaentz production
Drama | Erotic. 1960s
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Milan Kundera Adaptations
Synopsis / Plot
Based on the acclaimed novel by Milan Kundera, Kaufman’s film explores the highly active love life of a charming Czech surgeon (Day-Lewis) against the backdrop of the Prague Spring of 1968 and the subsequent Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. Real footage of the military crackdown and street violence is woven into the humorous, voyeuristic tale of a man who lives “light” (his request to “take off your clothes” becomes the film’s mantra) but is inevitably brought into contact with the seriousness of the times. Nykvist earned an Academy Award nomination for his cinematography in this intelligent and richly ambitious work.
1988: 2 Nominations for Oscar: Best Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography
1989: Golden Globes: Nominated Best Picture & Supp. Actress (Olin)
1988: BAFTA Awards: Best Screenplay - Adapted
1988: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Film & Best Cinematography
1988: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay
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