Jiří Menzel (nacido en Praga, el 23 de febrero de 1938) es un director de cine checo. Ganó un Óscar a la mejor película extranjera por Trenes rigurosamente vigilados, de 1966, basada en una novela homónima del escritor Bohumil Hrabal.
Jiří Menzel (born in Prague on February 23, 1938) is a Czech film director. He won an Oscar for best foreign film for Closely Watched Trains, 1966, based on a novel by writer Bohumil Hrabal
“Good comedy should be about serious things, If you start to talk about serious things too seriously, you end up being ridiculous.”
Copies of books by Hrabal, Kundera, Skvorecky and others, were taken out of libraries and printers to be pulped. “But Hrabal’s wife worked at the recycling plant,” Menzel says, laughing, “so she stored these books and distributed them secretly to friends. I have many at home.”
“I was not alone – my whole generation fell in love with Hrabal.”
There’s a very key sentence that actually isn’t in the book but that occurs here [in the film], that “We Czechs do not make war.” That’s probably a pretty important leitmotif in Czech history.
It really seems like an appreciation of the good life at the worst of times.
Menzel: This is a wild contrast. If you want to draw someone’s attention to things that are black, you have to put them on a white background.
“Apart from being a genius, modesty is my only character flaw.”
” In my country there are no heroes, there are people who survive”
“never not so sad to not be merry”