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Jiří Menzel (born February 23, 1938, Prague) is a Czech film director, theatre director, actor, and scriptwriter. His films often combine a humanistic view of the world with sarcasm. Some of them are adapted from works by Czech writers such as Bohumil Hrabal and Vladislav Vančura.

He became famous in 1967, when his first feature film Closely Watched Trains (based on the novel by Hrabal) won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. His film Larks on a String was filmed in 1969, but was initially banned by the Czech government. It was finally released in 1990 after the fall of the Communist regime. Menzel was nominated for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film again in the same category in 1986 with his dark comedy My Sweet Little Village.


  • Umřel nám pan Foerster (1963)
  • Perličky na dně (1965)
  • Zločin v dívčí škole (1965)
  • Ostře sledované vlaky (Closely Observed Trains / Closely Watched Trains) (1966)
  • Zločin v šantánu (1968)
  • Rozmarné léto (Capricious Summer) (1968)
  • Skřivánci na niti (Larks on a String) (1969)
  • Kdo hledá zlaté dno (1974)
  • Na samotě u lesa (1976)
  • Báječní muži s klikou (1978)
  • Postřižiny (1980)
  • Slavnosti sněženek (1983)
  • Vesničko má středisková (My Sweet Little Village) (1985)
  • Konec starých časů (End of Old Times) (1989)
  • Žebrácká opera (Beggar's Opera) (1990)
  • Život a neobyčejná dobrodružství vojáka Ivana Čonkina (1994)
  • Dalších deset minut II (2002)
  • Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále (I Served the King of England) (2006)

TV series

  • Hospoda (The Pub) (1996). A sitcom where Menzel played a psychiatrist, who came everyday to one Prague pub. He made lots of fun with his friends.

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