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獨立焦點:捷克電影新浪潮
Indie focus:Czech New Wave

玩笑
The Joke

同場加映 Screening with

大數據MV
Algo-rhythm

2/5(日Sun) 4:30pm

香港藝術中心古天樂電影院
Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre

購票 Ticketing
導演 Director
耶路米.伊里殊 Jaromil Jireš
捷克 Czech|1969|81分鐘min|黑白B&W
捷克語對白,英文字幕 In Czech with English subtitles

一句戲言,一生驟毁,從此被驅逐至時代和世界邊際以外。電影攝於「布拉格之春」時期,改編自民主運動文藝界旗手米蘭昆德拉的同名小說。1950年代的共產捷克,大學生路德維克給愛人寫下一句笑話,結果被愛人「篤灰」。路德維克十五年後從布拉格回鄉,睥睨一切,決心「復仇」。導演耶路米‧伊里殊工整地把主人翁當年的屈辱和今天回鄉浪盪街頭平行剪接互為呼應,教人目睹偽善搭起的「民主」、以及意識形態的糖衣包裝下,泯滅人性的瞬間,如何成為了終生創痛的烙印。而精心計算的復仇大計,也不過淪為一場新的玩笑。這和戲中後革命年輕一代追求小資,把史大林共產主義拋諸腦後同樣諷刺。

Who could have imagined a little quip has the power to destroy a man’s life? Shot during the Prague Spring, the film is an adaptation of Milan Kundera’s novel of the same name. Set in 1950s Czechoslovakia during the Communist regime, university student Ludvík writes a joke for his lover, who reports him to the Communist party. When Ludvík returns to Prague fifteen years later, he vows to avenge those who have wronged him. Director Jaromil Jireš uses precise cross-cuts of the protagonist’s harrowing past and his present-day revisit, illustrating how the hypocritical “democracy” built with a phony façade has allowed a malevolent moment that causes lifelong trauma. Perhaps the meticulously calculated revenge plot has been reduced to a new joke. This is as ironic as the post-revolutionary generation’s abandonment of Stalin's communism for their pursuit of a petty bourgeois lifestyle.

導演介紹 Director Biography
耶路米.伊里殊 Jaromil Jireš

1935年生於布拉迪斯拉發(現斯洛伐克),2001年於布拉格逝世。同樣畢業 於捷克電影電視學院(FAMU),但礙於當時嚴謹的審查制度,未如其他新浪潮導演多產。60年代時只獲許拍攝兩部長片,卻不阻其作品受到國際關注。畢業後首作The Cry(1963) 即入圍法國康城影展,而其最為享負盛名的作品《玩笑》(1969)改編自米蘭・昆德拉的首本長篇小說,因旗幟鮮明地控訴極權主義,於短暫上映後旋即遭到政府封禁長達二十年。70年的作品《瓦萊莉和她的奇跡一週》即被認為是捷克新浪潮的最後一部作品,蘇聯入侵後選擇留國發展,及後的職業生涯仍熱衷創作,但將重心轉移於藝術紀錄片與電視劇。

Jaromil Jireš was born in 1935 in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (Now the Slovakia Republic) and passed away in 2001 in Prague. Also an alumnus of FAMU, he was, however, less fortunate than his fellow schoolmates in terms of gaining approval from the authority. As a result, he was only able to produce two features in the 60s. Yet it did not stop the world from noticing his creative prowess. His first feature, The Cry (1963), made its debut at the 1964 Cannes Film Festival. The Joke (1969), adapted from the novel of the renowned Czech writer, Milan Kundera, was widely recognised as one of the hallmarks of the Czech New Wave. The film’s unapologetic criticism towards the totalitarian regime led to a 20-year ban after its short-lived release. His later work, Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970), arguably the last film of the Czech New Wave, was produced after the Soviet invasion. After which, he had stayed in the country to carry on his filmmaking career, as well as working on arts documentaries and television works.