The Ear

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Directed byKarel Kachyňa
Produced byKarel Vejrík
Screenplay byKarel Kachyňa
Jan Procházka
Story byJan Procházka
StarringJiřina Bohdalová
Radoslav Brzobohatý
Music bySvatopluk Havelka
CinematographyJosef Illík
Edited byMiroslav Hájek
Distributed byInternational Film Exchange
Release date
Running time
94 minutes

Ucho (The Ear) is a Czech language film by Karel Kachyňa, completed in 1970. This film was banned by the nation's ruling Communist party (who were supported by the occupying Soviet forces).[1] It wasn't released until late 1989, around the time of Czechoslovakia's first democratic elections in over 40 years.


The film is about a bitter married couple that consists of Ludvik, a senior official of Prague's ruling Communist regime, and his alcoholic wife Anna. They return home after attending a political party dinner and notice their home has been broken into. Several strange occurrences, including the disappearance of their spare house keys and dead phone lines, lead them to believe that they are under surveillance by their own government. As the night progresses, the flaws of their marriage and of each other are exposed.



1990 Cannes Film Festival - Nominated for the Golden Palm for Karel Kachyňa.[2]

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  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Ucho". Retrieved 2009-08-07.

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