Before Tonight is Over (1965)

“…On the surface, Before Tonight is Over stands apart from its Czech New Wave contemporaries; the singular nightclub setting is certainly unusual and distinctive enough, whilst the seemingly carefree high-life of an evening on the town – a universal experience to be sure – is one that initially does not appear to be exploring life under the Communist regime in any great deal. The characters aren’t the kind of positive role models one would expect the censors – who, let’s remember, answered to Russia – to happily endorse either. But scratch that surface and you’ll see that what Solan has to say here about life in 1960s Czechoslovakia is just as important and insightful as that of Miloš Forman, Jiří Menzel, Vojtěch Jasný, Věra Chytilová and any other of his peers you’d care to name and who are now rightly regarded as giants of the Czech New Wave movement. The nightclub setting actually allows Solan to explore a cross-section of Czech society in great detail, and finds a group of people whose lives are unmistakably affected by the regime they live under, brushing up against its stifling restraints with the tantalising allure of life in the West and all that Capitalism seems to offer…”

Read my review at The Geek Show

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