The Ear

Direction
Year 
1969
Country
  • Czech Republic
Runtime
96min 
Audio Tracks 
Subtitles 

The Ear is a skilfully made psychological drama, scathingly critical of totalitarianism in all forms. Essentially, just two people feature in this intimate picture – husband and wife Ludvík and Anna, who have grown accustomed to the authorities monitoring them through a prying “ear” in their home. One evening, the couple is gripped by panic, deducing that Ludvík is to be arrested. An anxious and desperate night ensues as the couple breaks down their relationship, one evidently full of compromise and disappointment, and lacking in love. While the film can be viewed as a comment on the oppression of the Stalinist 1950s, its rich style elevates The Ear to a more abstract and timeless critique of the ideologies of total control.

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Details

  • Original Title
    Ucho
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Jan Procházka, Karel Kachyňa
  • Cast
    Radoslav Brzobohatý, Jiřina Bohdalová, Jiří Císler, Miloslav Holub, Milica Kolofíková, Jaroslav Moučka, Ladislav Křiváček, Alois Mottl
  • Cinematography
    Josef Illík
  • Editing
    Miroslav Hájek
  • Runtime
    96 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
    1969
  • Country
    • Czech Republic
  • Format
    • Black & White
  • Distribution

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