Hear “The Ear” (1970)

© Filmed in 1970, but only released in 1989, introducing Karel Kachyna’s experimental masterpiece “The Ear” (1970).
It tells the story of Ludvík (Radoslav Brzobohatý), a communist senior ministry official & his alcoholic wife Anna (Jiřina Bohdalová). The tale plays out over night while Ludvík continuously imagines atrocious things, that he is suspected of treason and will be arrested. The psychological warfare commences while he tries to find evidence that “Big Brother” is eavesdropping on them.

Stylistically, the film exquisitely alternates between scenes shot in complete darkness (lit only by small torches or candlelight, very film-noir) & overexposure while Ludvík recalls the events of the night before & his associations with famous officials.

Find below my still shots from the film. All rights go to the author.

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Hanin aka Kinofrau: 27 and counting, Ph.D in Film Theory & Art History in progress, from the Middle-(B)east, a specter that haunts Europe, equal-opportunity offender.

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