Cinema: Cracking the Code

It may be time to stop the Czechs. Having established their consummate skill at making tragic and comic cinema using home-grown themes, they have now cracked the code of the West with a solid slapstick spoof, Lemonade Joe. The film is from the same bag as such American satires as Cat Ballon. Yet it holds its own by offering an uncompromisingly wild style and a woolly scenario, plus some of the most unlikely and unmotivated songs since Gene Autry hung up his guitar.

The doors are not the only items that swing in the film's...

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