‘Oldřich Lipský, the director of some iconic Czech comedies of the sixties, joined forces with the screenwriter Jiří Brdečka and together they created a true legend of Czechoslovak cinematography. It really is a paradox that one of the best Western parodies was made in Czechoslovakia during the period of Communist drabness and conformism. Even though the film draws a lot on the original use of language, which could complicate its reception on the international scene, there can be no doubt about its formal qualities. Lipský proved himself to be a bold experimenter with the camera work, editing and scenography. Music plays a crucial role in this film and is in fact such a powerful element that most of the songs caught on. The plot, which begins almost like a Shakespearian family drama, shows the creators’ great admiration and understanding of the genre of the Western and the entire Wild West mythology. The evil is eventually overcome by the Kolaloka lemonade and the well-aimed blows of the main hero who spreads the evangelism of abstinence among the Wild West brutes as well as the delicate ladies of the American borderland.
Doors will open 30 minutes before the start of the programme. The cinema is accessible through the reception of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in London. Please note the entrance is on Bayswater Road. The film will be screened with English subtitles.
There will be a western-style dress-up party with live music following the screening. A western-style costume is not compulsory but we will award three best-dressed guests with a small present.’ (CC)