In his younger days the Czech film director Jiří Menzel was a tightrope walker, once giving moviegoers a glimpse of his skill when he played an acrobat in his own Capricious Summer (1968). Back then he walked another kind of tightrope, a political one, by making movies, such as Larks on a String, that satirized the Communist state. Forced to recant, he toppled into the safety net of apolitical filmmaking. Now, with I Served the King of England...
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