- Manoj Kulkarni
Today is 80th birthday of renowned Czech Filmmaker, Screenwriter & Actor..Jiri Menzel!
|Renowned Czech Filmmaker Jiri Menzel at young age!|
I first got introduction of Jiri Menzel's genre of Czeck cinema through his retrospective in 'MAMI's '3rd International Film Festival' at Mumbai in 2000. There I watched his all important films and impressed by his cinematic excellence!
Basically an actor of stage & film..Jiri Menzel studied direction in 'Prague Film School' during 1958 to 1962..the time which produced a generation of Czech New Wave filmmakers! He started working at 'Kratky Film Prague' as assistant to prominent filmmaker Vera Chytilova..and then in 'Barrandov Film Studios'!
|Famous scene of Jiri Menzel's 'Oscar' winner 'Closely Watched Trains' (1966).|
|Novel based Menzel's film 'Capricious Summer' (1968).|
|Romantic scene of Menzel's Czech Film 'Larks on a String' (1969).|
He made films with different subjects but related to human life like social 'Who looks for God?' (1974), on ordinary family life 'Seclusion Near a Forest' (1976), focusing survival of people 'Cutting It Short' (1980) and on lives, hobbies & relationship 'The Snowdrop Festival' (1984) in which writer Hrabal also played small part! In this popular 'My Sweet Little Village' (1985) was a comedy about the people who inhabit a small town!
|Funny scene of Film 'My Sweet Little Village' (1985).|
|Menzel's Film 'The Don Juans' (2013).|
Jiri Menzel was a member of the jury at prestigious international film festivals like Berlin & Moscow! In 2013 after 'IIFA' he was honoured with 'Lifetime Achievement Award' in our '44th International Film Festival of India', Goa..And that time I had a nice interaction with him in the informal meeting at the festival dinner party!
Best Wishes and Regards for the good health to Mr. Jiri Menzel!!
- Manoj Kulkarni
[Chitrasrushti', Pune, India']
I am with renowned Czech Filmmaker Jiri Menzel in the dinner party of our '44th International Film Festival of India' at Goa!