Larks on a String is a Czech film directed by Jiří Menzel. The movie was banned by the Czechoslovak government. It saw release in 1990 after the fall of the Communist regime. Menzel tells the stories of various characters considered bourgeois by Czechoslovakia's communist government in the 1950s, who have been forced to work in a junkyard for the purposes of re-education.

Original Title Lerchen am Faden
German Title Lerchen am Faden
French Title Alouettes, le fil à la patte
Other Titles Allodole sul filo - Larks on a Thread - Skrivánci na niti
Directed by Jiri Menzel
Country Czech Republic
Available Formats Blu-ray, DCP
Screenplay Jirí Menzel, d'après/nach Bohumil Hrabal
Film Editing Jirina Lukesová
Soundtrack Stepán Konícek
Cinematography Jaromír Sofr
Sound Jirí Pavlik
Décors Oldrich Bosák
Costumes Dagmar Krausova
Production Karel Kochman
Runtime 94 Min.
Language Tschechisch/d/f oder it.
Rudolf Hrusínský Trustee
Vlastimil Brodský Professor
Václav Neckár Pavel Hvezdár
Jitka Zelenohorská Jitka
Jaroslav Satoranský Guard Andel
Vladimír Smeral Minister
Ferdinand Kruta Kudla
Jirí Menzel Convict

Berlinale 1990: Goldener Bär

«Auf der Berlinale 1990 bekam Jiri Menzel den Goldenen Bären. Für einen Film, den er in dem Jahr drehte, das nach dem Prager Frühling kam. Es war „Lerchen am Faden“, einer der schönsten MenzelFilme, eine Satire über die „Umerziehung arbeitsscheuer bourgeoiser Elemente“. „Lerchen am Faden“ hat den Regierenden auch nicht gefallen, weshalb er 1990 noch immer nagelneu war. Das ist das Gute an Verboten.» Tagesspiegel Berlin

«Ein Film, der dem Totalitarismus direkt in die Augen schaut und, statt ihm ins Gesicht zu spucken, ihn laut auslacht.» Austin Chronicle


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