Recently, I’ve been revisiting vintage films that have become celebrated as seminal, classic cinema. Milos Forman’s 1965 comedy “Loves of a Blonde” completely blows me away with its simplicity and raw honesty.
In the story, an impressionable young woman Andula (Hana Brejchova) has a one-night stand with Milda (Vladimir Pucholt), a young but worldly jazz pianist she meets at a dance in her small working class town. The next day, Milda returns to his home in Prague. But Andula is so taken with him and his talent for poetic flattery–I mean, this dude really pours it on–that she goes looking for him, and shows up unannounced at his crowded little apartment where he’s still living with his parents.
Milda is not there at first and much to the displeasure of his parents, Andula waits for him. But by the time their son gets home it’s too late to send her away and the parents insist that she stay the night. Milda, of course, has no interest in Andula anymore and is mortified that she’s there.
The scene where Milda squeezes uninvited into the middle of a crowded bed with his disgruntled parents because he doesn’t want to be near Andula and because there’s nowhere else to sleep, is one of the funniest moments I have ever seen in a film. It’s also one of the most heartbreaking moments, because the whole time Milda is in bed bickering with his parents, he’s also bad mouthing Andula. She can easily hear them from the other room and she’s humiliated.
If you enjoy comedies that explore humor in realistic human relationships as much as I do, you should definitely add “Loves of a Blonde” to your viewing library.