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I Served the King of England

After serving 15 years in a Czechoslovakian prison, Jan Díte; (Ivan Barnev) looks back on his life as an aspiring millionaire. As a young man, Jan comes to believe that wealth and prestige are the ultimate source of happiness. He works his way up from a lowly train attendant to a series of jobs in prominent hotels with wealthy guests. While in constant pursuit of money, Jan has a string of affairs and a relationship with a fanatical Nazi that lead him towards temptation and social ruin.

Ivan Barnev Jan Díte, young
Oldrich Kaiser Jan Díte, old
Julia Jentsch Liza
Martin Huba Skrivanek
Marian Labuda Walden
Milan Lasica Professor
Zuzana Fialova Marcela
Josef Abrham Hotelier Brandejs
Jiri Labus Chief Hotel
Jaromír Dulava Karel the waiter

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October 10, 2008 - Triangle.com - By Phillip Francis, The News & Observer

"I Served the King of England" is at once a semi-fantastical encapsulation of Czech history and a Chaplinesque fable of a hapless antihero swept along by fate and selfishly adapting to the whims of power and wealth.

Directed and written by Jirí Menzel and based on a book by famous Czech novelist Bohumil Hrabal, "I Served the King of England" is an award-winning minor masterpiece that harks back to some of the true foreign classics of '70s European and Eastern European cinema.

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(no rating) Sep 05, 2008 - Chicago Tribune
Oct 11, 2008 - DDOOLAN on I Served the King of England
I Served The King Of England ... wet dreams?

Serving Soft Porn...

Mr. Francis, in his laudatory review, makes no reference to the extensive, and extended, scenes of female nudity in " I Served the King of England". The film relentlessly lapses into soft porn, to a degree and extent that the movie is dominated by it. Too bad. Women attend films, too, Mr. Francis. Had your review contained some indication of the wet dream quality of the filmmaker's work, I, and other women at the showing I attended, would have stayed away. Memorable, alright. Be forewarned, ladies.

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