The Joke The Joke
  • Czechoslovakia
  • 1969
  • 81 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Czech
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Jaromil Jireš’s brilliant adaptation of Milan Kundera’s novel tells the fragmentary tale of a man expelled from the Communist Party because of a political joke. After “rehabilitation” in the mines and a stint in prison, he hatches a revenge plot against the former friend who betrayed him. Made near the end of the Czech New Wave, The Joke is acknowledged as one of its greatest works.

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