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The Ear (1970)

Ucho (original title)
Husband (senior ministry official) and wife find their house is riddled with listening devices put there by his own ministry. A harrowing night follows (reminiscent of 'Who's Afraid Of ... See full summary »

Director:

Karel Kachyna

Writers:

Karel Kachyna, Jan Procházka (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jirina Bohdalová ... Anna
Radoslav Brzobohatý ... Ludvik
Gustav Opocenský
Miroslav Holub
Lubor Tokos
Borivoj Navrátil ... Cejnar
Jirí Císler
Jaroslav Moucka
Karel Vasicek Karel Vasicek ... Poet
Ladislav Krivácek Ladislav Krivácek
Frantisek Nemec
Jan Teplý
Josef Sulc Josef Sulc ... Secret
Bronislav Poloczek
Alois Mottl Alois Mottl
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Storyline

Husband (senior ministry official) and wife find their house is riddled with listening devices put there by his own ministry. A harrowing night follows (reminiscent of 'Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf'), and the resolution is _worse_ than being carted off to jail... Written by Stephen Simmonds <ssimmond@extro.ucc.su.oz.au>

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Drama | Thriller

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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech | Russian

Release Date:

1 June 1970 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

Also Known As:

La oreja See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Director's first choice for the part of Ludvík was Vladimír Brabec and Jirina Jirásková was supposed to play Anna, his wife. Finally Karel Kachyna casted Radoslav Brzobohatý and Jirina Bohdalová, who were real-life couple at the time. See more »

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Featured in Neobycejné zivoty: Jirina Bohdalová (2009) See more »

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The insanity of communism.
19 May 2019 | by Benjamin-M-WeilertSee all my reviews

In a world where communism is really a threat to people's privacy, suspicion can drive you mad. Not only are you endlessly going over all your interactions with everyone you know, but you'll start to suspect those closest to you as well. This can build to a crescendo, until you actually find that you are being listened to. The lighting early on in this film is a great technique to build the suspense, which just adds to the insanity of communism.


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