Cinema: Czech New Wave

Not too long ago, the idea of a Czechoslovak Film Festival would have seemed as unlikely as a yacht regatta in Peking. When Ján Kadár's The Shop on Main Street was shown at New York's Lincoln Center Film Festival in 1965, it had no U.S. theater bookings; neither did Miloš Forman's Loves of a Blonde, when it opened the festival the following year. Shop went on to win an Oscar as the year's best foreign-language film, while Blonde, accompanied by delighted reviews, eventually proved a profitable box-office success. Czech movies may soon be as much a staple on the art-house circuit...

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