Joke, The

Facets Video   (1968) / Region 1
Joke, The

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An Ironic, Sexy, and Sour Comedy

A brilliant adaptation of Milan Kundera's (Unbearable Lightness of Being) great novel, this tragicomedy directed by Jaromil Jires revolves around a single joke: a professor, who is also an unrepentant ladies' man, is sentenced to six years hard labor for an irreverent postcard he sends to a woman he's trying to seduce.

This ironic, sexy, sour, black-and-white film is a stunning vision of life in Czechoslovakia during the Stalinist 50's, and a tour-de-f-rce by director Jars.

Czech New Wave:

One of the greatest of all film movements, the Czech New Wave emerged during the 1960's, crested to extraordinary heights, then was savagely repressed by the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. This series continues Facets' commitment to one of the most exciting film movements of all time.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Oct 29 2001
  • Production Year 1968
  • Empire SKU 42117
  • UPC Code 736899008338
  • Studio  Facets Video
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-SL
  • Subtitles English


Full Chapterization
Fimography of Jaromil Jires
Biographical sketches of Jires and Milan Kundera


  • Audio
    Czech Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 B&W

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