Wine Working

Václav Vorlíček, 1975

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The “Wine Trilogy” by director Václav Vorlíček and screenwriter Miloš Macourek represents a distinctive chapter in the experienced duo’s filmography – even when it comes to the cinematography of the entire “normalisation” period. The 1981 comedies Bouřlivé víno (Wine Working) and Zralé víno (Mature Wine), along with Mladé víno (Young Wine, 1986), represent an attempt at systematically evaluating mistakes of the nation’s recent past as well as more present missteps along the road to building a new socialist state. While there is an endeavour within the trilogy to address then current affairs, Bouřlivé víno takes place in 1968, the “sensitive” year of the Warsaw Pact invasion. The protagonist, Janák, chairman of a collective farm in the fictional Southern Moravian village of Pálavice, encounters resistance from avaricious winemakers who are secretly trying to return to capitalism through private enterprise. The appeal of the picture, a true tribute to the canons of “normalisation” cinematography, is greatly enhanced by the cast, with Vladimír Menšík in the lead role.
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Production year 1975
Countries Czechoslovakia
Categories film
Genres comedy
Form feature
Duration 135 min
Director Václav Vorlíček
Cast Vladimír Menšík, Božidara Turzonovová, Jiří Vala, Čestmír Řanda
Director of photography Josef Illík
Screenplay Jan Kozák, Miloš Macourek, Václav Vorlíček
Editor Miroslav Hájek
Production designer Oldřich Bosák
Music Karel Svoboda
Sound designer František Fabián