Intimate Lighting (1965)

Intimate Lighting (1965)

“No more concerts; it’s funerals for me.”

A cellist (Zdenek Bezusek) and his girlfriend (Vera Kresadlova) visit Bezusek’s friend Bambas (Karel Blazek) in his country house, where life follows a leisurely and family-driven pace.

Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:

  • Eastern European Films
  • Musicians

Czech New Wave filmmaker Ivan Passer’s directorial debut was this hour+-long glimpse into an overnight stay at a country house, filled with music:

… laughter:

… eating and drinking:

… animals:

… children:

… wandering the grounds:

and sexual longing.

There truly doesn’t seem to be much point to any of it, which may be exactly the point; however, I’ll admit to feeling restless and waiting for a narrative hook of some kind (which never came). Given that I’m not a fan of at least two of Passer’s later American-made films — Born to Win (1971) and Law and Disorder (1974) — I’m not all that surprised I found this earlier work to be a disappointment, though it’s lauded by many.

Notable Performances, Qualities, and Moments:

  • Fine cinematography

Must See?
No, though of course fans of Eastern European cinema will definitely want to check it out.


One thought on “Intimate Lighting (1965)

  1. First viewing. Skip it.

    An odd, eccentric, confusing little thing. There’s some nice classical music but, otherwise, WTF?

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