Picks and Pans Review: The Apple Game

updated 01/28/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/28/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST

The Czechoslovakian film industry was in high form before the Russian crackdown in 1968. This, the first release in the U.S. since then, shows that the Czechs have not lost their sense of humor, at least. Set in the maternity ward of a large Prague hospital, it is the story of a nurse-chasing obstetrician who lusts after a new import from the provinces. The opening scenes go by in a blur, and the pace seldom slows down, leaving the audience little time to reflect on the underlying pathos of the doctor's preoccupation. Dagmar Blahova, who plays the young nurse, has one of those faces the camera loves—not quite beautiful, but nonetheless sexy and enchanting. If she were American, she'd be a Woody Allen regular. Director Véra Chytilová, a leading Czech feminist, has infused the work with nervous energy to the point of frenzy. If she had calmed things down just a little, the film might have been even better. (In Czech with English subtitles) (Not rated)

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