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Film / The Loves of a Blonde

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The Loves of a Blonde, also known as A Blonde in Love (original Czech title: Lásky jedné plavovlásky) is a 1965 Czech film directed by Miloš Forman, in his early days before he emigrated to the USA.

Very Loosely Based on a True Story, The Loves of a Blonde tells the story of a young woman named Andula (played by Hana Brejchová), who has a routine job in a shoe factory in provincial Czechoslovakia. When the army holds maneuvers near her home town, the factory supervisor organizes a mixer for the largely female workforce and the all-male soldiers. This dance proves a mixed success: Many of the soldiers, who are middle-aged reservists, and many of the factory workers, who are inexperienced young women with idealized views of romance, are confused by and disappointed with their potential dancing partners. The film's protagonist, though, does meet an attractive young man named Milda (played by Vladimír Pucholt) who plays in the dance band and has a one-night fling with him, and decides to travel to the capital city where he lives in order to resume their romance.


The movie was quite successful in its home country, and is still regarded as a high point of the Czech New Wave.

This movie contains examples of:

  • All Men Are Perverts: Both the soldiers and Milda don't waste any time when they have any chance to hit on a girl.
  • All Women Are Lustful: All the women in the factory desperately crave for any kind of relationship with a man. Justified, as they barely see any man whatsoever.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Both Milda's father and mother fit the trope.
  • Bookends: The movie opens and ends with a girl singing and playing an acoustic guitar, and the chit-chat between the girls in the dormitory.
  • Backhanded Compliment: Milda says Andula is "angular". After spending the night together, she asks him what does he mean. His answer? A woman is shaped like a guitar, and she is shaped like a guitar as well... only painted by Pablo Picasso.
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  • Break the Cutie: What happens to Andula during her trip to the capital, with her hopes of having a new relationship there being quickly shattered.
  • Bumbling Dad: Milda's father is an oaf who barely cares about Andula being in the living room and just wants everyone to shut up and be quiet so that he can watch TV (or sleep) undisturbed.
  • Casanova Wannabe: When it comes to hitting on girls, Milda is far less successful in Prague than he is in a small provincial town.
  • Crapsack World: Small-town Communist Czechoslovakia is not a nice place to live: ugly towns, dreary jobs, precious little fun. And the big city is not nice, either.
  • Dirty Old Man: The middle-aged soldiers at the dance don't seem to care about the factory girls being half their age, or themselves being married.
  • Fanservice: In one scene, Andula is lying on a bed naked (her lap and breasts are covered, though).
  • Groin Attack: The result of Milda teaching Andula how to defend herself from an aggressor.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Andula is the titular blonde and is as sweet as it gets.
  • The Ingenue: The factory workers just don't know their way around men.
  • Lack of Empathy: Milda's parents talk about Andula like she's not even in the same room with them.
  • Minor Flaw, Major Breakup: Andula breaks up with her boyfriend Tonda over pretty much... well, just her having found someone else.
  • Moment Killer: Milda's mother cockblocking him while he's on the couch with Andula.
  • My Beloved Smother: Milda's mother would rather have him sleeping with her and her husband rather than with Andula, and basically cockblocks him.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: After spending the night with Milda and breaking up with her boyfriend, Andula goes to the capital to meet her new flame, at the address he left her. She then meets his parents, who have never heard of her and make it quite clear that she's not welcome. She then returns to her hometown, and resumes her job.
  • Stepford Smiler: By the ending, Andula has very likely become one. It's best shown when she pretends to be happy about her visit to the capital.