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I Served The King Of England

Jan Dite is short in height, but high in ambition. To put it bluntly, the young provincial waiter wants to become a millionaire. And he knows just how to do it: by hearing everything, seeing everything, and using what he heard and saw. Armed with this knowledge and an irrepressible wish to please, he soon leaves his first place of employment, a pub, for a luxury brothel and, finally, an elegant Art Nouveau Prague restaurant. But by now it's the late 1930s, and things are changing: Hitler has taken the Sudetenland and is breaking apart Czechoslovakia. Jan falls in love with Lisa, a Sudeten German proud of her Aryan blood. They marry, and when Lisa returns from the front, she has a fortune in rare stamps that Jews had "left behind"... Jan sells the stamps and becomes ... a millionaire. But he only has three years to enjoy his fortune: the new Communist regime puts him behind bars for 15 years, one for each of his millions... Upon his release from jail, Jan is sent to live in a decrepit border town that was abandoned by the Germans. Here he finally finds the leisure to think about the events that shaped his life � and to reflect on what might have happened if he had played a different role in these events... �Hrabal�s sense of humor and his colorful way of narrating many episodes from a life of an ambitious trainee offered a lot of moments that were my pleasure to shoot. However, it would not be Hrabal�s writing were not for a judgement over the Czech character and all the somersaults of the local history hidden under the seemingly mischievous storytelling. This judgement is also the key idea of the film �I Served the King of England�.� (Jiři Menzel)

2hrs long
M Contains nudity and sex scenes

Oldrich Kaiser
Martin Huba
Julia Jentsch
Jiri Menzel
Ivan Barnev