Audition / Talent Competition – If Only They Ain't Had Them Bands, Audition

Konkurs - Kdyby ty muziky nebyly, Konkurs

The first part of the film “Audition” takes us to the rehearsal of a provincial brass band. The authoritarian band master orders his company of amateur musicians around. Among them is Vlada, a shy, young trombonist who is thinking of skipping an upcoming orchestra festival because he wants to watch a motorcycle race that is going to take place at the same time.

The second part of the film follows several teenage singers as they audition for the Semafor Theatre along with hundreds of other teenage girls.

Black Peter / Peter and Pavla

Černý Petr

Peter is a 16 year old trainee at a supermarket, who has to look out for shoplifters when he would rather lie by the pool and look out for girls. Peter starts having problems at work when he doesn’t stop a suspicious looking customer. At home, his pedantic father constantly lectures him, and his girlfriend starts paying a lot of attention to another male friend.

The film “Black Peter” captures the essence of an ordinary summer in a small Czech town in the early sixties. This is accomplished with the help of non-actors and Jan Nemecek’s poetic camera. With this film, Forman also expresses the feelings of arising rebellions among the youth in the eastern bloc just a few years before the beginning of The Prague Spring.


Loves of a Blonde

Lásky jedné plavovlásky

This film’s seemingly banal plot follows an episode from the life of a naive trainee from an all-girls boarding school as she is seduced by a pianist called Milda at a small town dance. After spending the night with him, she travels to Prague to visit. Unfortunately, there is no one is waiting for her there.

This bittersweet story points out the tragicomic absurdities of socialism in 1960s communist Czechoslovakia. It also offers insight into the more universal subject of the fragility of post-pubescent youth and the helplessness of their parents.


A Well Paid Walk (TV)

Dobře placená procházka

Uli and Vanilka are about to get divorced, when they receive a message from their aunt in Liverpool that informs them that she has left one million pounds to their future child. This future fortune makes their problems seem unimportant. This TV adaptation of the jazz opera “A Well Paid Walk” by Jiri Slitr and Jiri Suchy was originally performed at the Semafor Theatre in Prague in the sixties.


The Firemen’s Ball

Hoří, má panenko

“The Firemen’s Ball” tells the story of a volunteer firemen’s ball in a provincial town. The film is a satire on a town under the communist regime, and a parable about a community where one person’s failure can decide the fate of others. Forman’s sarcasm doesn’t spare anybody or anything. For this reason, “The Firemen’s Ball” reveals human stupidity, dullness and arrogance, as well as the empty rhetoric of questionable authority.


Taking Off

“Taking Off” is set in the United States in the late 1960s. Young Jeannie runs away from home to New York City with the hopes of becoming a singer. In New York City she meets a community of hippies and bohemians. Meanwhile Jeannie’s suburban parents search for their missing daughter. The parents’ effort to find and understand their daughter turns into a series of tragicomic and embarrassing situations.

I Miss Sonja Henie

Nedostaje mi Sonja Henie / Manjka mi Sonja Henie

One camera in one setting, one attic and eight young directors – the result is a unique Dadaistic collage of seven short sketches. The original task for each filmmaker was to keep each short under three minutes, to set it in one hotel room, and to include the sentence “I miss Sonja Henie." This experimental film was shot over a single night at the international film festival FEST in Beograd in 1971.


Visions of Eight: The Decathlon

A collective documentary created as a tribute to the Olympic Games in Munich in 1972. The games are seen through the eyes of eight great directors who tried to make not only a journalistic reportage of the sporting event, but to also emphasize their personal point of view in order to show the pain and disappointment that comes with euphoria.


One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

After being convicted of the statutory rape of a 15-year-old girl, Randle McMurphy pretends to be insane in order to avoid prison. However, McMurphy soon learns that the institution is the worst prison he could have chosen. The film, which was awarded five Oscars, tells the tragedy of a conflict between an individual and a totalitarian regime.



Claude, a farm boy from Oklahoma “believes in God, and believes that God believes in Claude.” Claude travels to New York as a patriot to join the Vietnam War. However, in Central Park he meets a group of hippies. Claude discovers freedom, drugs and his first love Sheila. He gradually stops believing in everything he used to consider “right.” This film is an anti-war parable full of hippie tenderness, psychedelic fantasies, and outstanding music. “Hair”was written in the decade after the 1960s, when the revolutionary spirit of that time had become a nostalgic memory.



The film “Ragtime”is a tragicomic mosaic that follows several characters, including the black pianist Coalhouse Walker Jr. When a group of white firemen attack and ruin Walker Jr.’s car, he unsuccessfully attempts to attain justice.

In order to defend his race’s dignity, Walker Jr. decides to ignore the advice of the police and take matters into his own hands. The film is set in the United States at the beginning of 20th century, which was a time full of hope and tragedy. This was a time when the American people were a melting pot of immigrants, groups of adventurers, artists and dreamers, and the nation was on the verge of becoming a world power.



This biography about the ungovernable genius who was ruined by human ordinariness and envy was awarded eight Oscars. Milos Forman returned  to  socialist Czechoslovakia after a more than ten-year exile to shoot a movie about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s life as seen by his jealous rival Antonio Salieri. He made a unique historical epic, which doesn’t glorify a legend, but depicts a real man with his talent as well as his mistakes.



Whose revenge is more devastating? The revenge of a man, or the revenge of a woman? How do people pay for playing around with the feelings of others? The charming widow the Marquise de Merteuil starts an unscrupulous game of revenge with her ageing lover Gercourt who is leaving her to marry her own cousin, the young Cecile who was raised in a convent.

The Marquise’s friend, the court seducer Vicomte de Valmont becomes the tool of her revenge. In order to punish Gercourt - who hankers after Cecile’s virginity - Vicomte is supposed to seduce Cecile before her wedding thus robbing Gercourt of his prize.

Forman’s adaptation of the famous novel “Les Liaisons Dangereuses“ by Choderlos de Laclos focuses on the author’s reflection of French high society at the end of 18th century, and also considers the concept of absolute freedom, which can only be achieved through the separation from basic human values, loneliness, or death.


The People vs. Larry Flynt

“Larry Flynt is a devil with angel’s wings. Half the man is just sleaze and smut, but the other half is very noble and admirable,“ says filmmaker Milos Forman. This biography about the famous pornography magnate spans 25 years, and follows the rise of the man who started as an operator in a striptease joint, and ended up as the publisher of the controversial pornographic magazine Hustler.

“The People vs. Larry Flynt” tells the true story of a man who challenged the borderline of public taste, and whose trial started a raging debate with defenders of morality about the First Amendment.


Man on the Moon

“Man on the Moon stars Jim Carrey as the controversial comedian Andy Kaufman who is famous for his unconventional sense of humour, scandals, and endless mystifications. The film follows Kaufman from his first stand-up performances in local clubs, to his role in the sitcom “Taxi” and the shocking wrestling show, and ends with his last joke at his own funeral.


Amadeus: The Director's Cut

This biography about the ungovernable genius who was ruined by human ordinariness and envy was awarded eight Oscars. Milos Forman came back to  socialist Czechoslovakia after a more than ten-year exile to shoot a movie about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s life as seen by his jealous rival Antonio Salieri. He made a unique historical epic, which doesn’t glorify a legend, but depicts a real man with his talent as well as his mistakes.


Goya’s Ghosts

Near the turn of the 18th century, the court painter Francisco de Goya is accused by The Inquisition of making pictorial representations of sensuality and evil, and has to defend himself in front of the Church court. In the end, the painter is spared, and he goes unpunished. However, a different fabricated case brought by Brother Lorenzo involves a very young Inés who was a model for the painter.

Inés, a wealthy merchant’s daughter, is tortured in jail to confess to a crime against Christianity. During this time, her family is not given any information about her. Fifteen years later, the Spanish Inquisition is abolished, but Napoleon is marching into the country. In Napoleon’s service is the fanatical (but this time secular) former Brother Lorenzo.


A Walk Worthwhile

(film record of a theatre musical)
Dobře placená procházka

“A Walk Worthwhile” is a charming musical comedy about a divorcing young couple who is surprised by a message that an aunt in Liverpool has left their future child a large inheritance. Is one million pounds for their future child a good enough reason to forget their problems?

The movie is a recording of the theatre performance by Jiri Suchy and Jiri Slitr’s jazz opera “A well Paid Walk”, which Milos Forman directed in 2007 in Prague National Theatre.