VenueWalter Reade Theater
Ticket holders on September 21 invited to reception starting at 6pm, featuring Czech beer, courtesy of the Czech Center.
Milos Forman’s first narrative feature is one of the foundational works of the Czechoslovak New Wave, setting the stage for the artistic flowering to come with its air of brash irreverence and youthful abandon. Set over the course of a lazy summer, it follows aimless teenager Peter as he starts a new job as a (too timid) supermarket security guard, flirts awkwardly at the beach and on the dance floor, and finds himself increasingly disenchanted with his old-school father’s lectures on personal responsibility. Mixing vérité-like naturalism, puckish humor, and freewheeling stylistic touches, Forman fashions a wry, sensitive snapshot of stumbling, bumbling adolescence. New digital restoration courtesy of the Czech National Film Archive.