Cutting It Short

The manager of a small-town brewery tries to impress the board. But his temperamental wife and eccentric brother will make it all the more painful for him.

Czechoslovakia 1980
  • English
93 min.
  • This film is available in the following territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

Francin (Jirí Schmitzer), manager of a small-town brewery, has a charming wife whose abundant blonde locks are an adornment to the town. Maryska (Magda Vásáryová) looks ethereal but loves meat and beer, while Francin is an ascetic. The strict members of the brewery board of directors come to audit the accounts, but are diverted from concentrating on Francin's detailed reports by Maryska, who has organized a pig-killing feast and is ably assisting the butcher. When she invites the old curmudgeons on the board to enjoy the fresh pork, they are too happy to agree. Francin doesn't know whether he is going to get a permanent contract. To make things worse his brother Pepin (Jaromír Hanzlík) – eccentric, noisy and garrulous – turns up on an indefinite visit.

Digitally restored version of the film.

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Director: Jiří Menzel
Based on: Bohumil Hrabal
Screenplay: Bohumil Hrabal, Jiří Menzel
Cinematography: Jaromír Šofr
Music: Jiří Šust
Sound: Karel Jaroš
Editing: Jiří Brožek
Production Design: Zbyněk Hloch
Producer: Jan Šuster
Costumes: Theodor Pištěk ml.
Cast: Magda Vášáryová, Jiří Schmitzer, Jaromír Hanzlík, Rudolf Hrušínský, Petr Čepek, Oldřich Vlach, František Řehák, Miloslav Štibich

Venice Film Festival

1981 – Jiří Menzel (Special Mention)

  • This film is available in the following territories: Czechia, Slovakia.