sw01Romantic comedy wherein a provincial factory girl follows a pianist to Prague.
(1965, b/w; Lásky jedné plavovlásky, Czech). A reserve military unit is sent to the provincial town of Zruc where young factory girls, relocated by the Communist government, outnumber the male population sixteen to one. Three soldiers send a bottle of wine over to three girls at a dance mixer, but the waiter initially delivers it to the wrong table, before correcting his mistake. One of the men, accidentally dropping his wedding ring on the floor, retrieves it by crawling under the table where the bottle had originally been sent. Retreating to the ladies room after spending some time dancing with the soldiers & visiting at their table, having been asked to accompany them for some fun, Jana (Jana Nováková) says to Marie (Marie Salačová: “I’m not going. Those old geezers will try to drag us to the woods.” The third girl, Andula (Hanu Brejchovou), chats with the young pianist, Milda ((Vladimir Pucholta), who while reading her palm remarks on her long life line & a scar. Andula confesses to once having attempted suicide. He induces the coy girl up to his room & cleverly – ostensibly while demonstrating methods of how to defend herself from someone being a nuisance – gets her to disrobe. In bed with him, she asks him to pull down the window shade, initiating a comic routine.
Behind the iron curtain in this romantic comedy from director & co-screenwriter Milos Forman – with Jaroslav Papousek, Ivan Passer, & Václav Sasek – Andula says to Milda, “I don’t trust you,” & then she does with her entire heart. Repeatedly Milda assures her: “I don’t have a girl in Prague.” He compliments her as having an angular figure like a guitar in a Picasso painting.
At the conclusion of their weekend together, Milda returns to Prague & Andula to the shoe factory. Her previous boyfriend, Tonda (Antonin Blazejovsky), after a month’s absence, shows up, demanding that she wear or return the gold ring with a diamond that he gave her. Andula refuses: “You’re disgusting like a beast.” If they want to win a decent boy who will become the husband who will love & cherish them forever, a female comrade instructor exhorts the factory girls that they must hold onto their personal honor while earning respect from the boys by not going out with someone different every time. They all pledge to improve their conduct. Andula, catching a ride on a truck to Prague, appears in the evening at the home of Milda’s parents with suitcase in hand. Informed by Milda’s father (Josef Sebánek) that he doesn’t keep track of his son’s whereabouts, she asks if she may leave her suitcase while she goes out looking for him. “Incredible,” exclaims Milda’s mother (Milda Jezková) when her husband relates the unexpected appearance of a girl asking for Milda: “I’m worried about him.”
Unable to leave the building because the exit door is locked, Andula returns to ask to be let out. Instead, Milda’s mother insists on the girl’s coming inside, asking her about why she has made an appearance with apparent intention of spending the night. While his wife worries about what the neighbors will think, Milda’s father says: “We’ll fix up a bed for her. We can’t throw her out.” When Milda returns after midnight from an evening of playing piano & enjoying female company, he tells his father he didn’t invite anyone to come see him, until he recognizes Andula.


Loves of a Blonde is available at UW’s Coe Library.

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