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DVD: A Blonde in Love

DVD: A Blonde in Love

Miloš Forman’s Czech New Wave classic comes up fresh in a welcome reissue

An iconic scene from the Czech New Wave: Vladimir Pucholt and Hana Brejchová in 'A Blonde in Love'

Miloš Forman’s second feature, from 1965, catches the absurd atmosphere of the director’s native Czechoslovakia with both quiet desperation and raw tenderness. Heroine Andula (Hana Brejchová) works in a shoe factory in a town where women outnumber men by 16 times – until it is announced that an army division is to be relocated there, to the excitement of the local girls. But it turns out they are reservists and considerably older and plumper than expected. Forman excels himself in the dance-party sequence which shows the clumsiness and vulnerability of both the would-be seducers and their targets.

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