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Cult Vault #16: Ken Loach on A Blonde in Love

Concern with ordinary life: Ken Loach finds inspiration in 60s Prague.

Taken from the July 2011 issue of Dazed & Confused: 

The social-realist director best known for his 1969 classic Kes, Ken Loach has recently released Route Irish, a thriller revolving around the shady world of private contract workers in Iraq. He chose an early Milos Forman film for our Cult Vault, a black-and-white film made in Prague before the director moved to Hollywood and picked up five Oscars for the celebrated asylum drama One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest with Jack Nicholson. 


“I’d choose Blonde in Love by Milos Forman if I had to choose one film – it’s a Czech film made in Prague in the 60s, about the romance between a pianist and a small-town factory girl. Because of the shooting, the lighting, the performances, the pacing of it, the concern with ordinary lives, the respect and the lack of melodrama… the humanity of it, really. Forman’s approach makes it far more touching than something souped-up, over-lit and over-acted with too much music.”