(Milos Forman, 1964)
A criminally overlooked adolescent/coming-of-age gem of a film which is also one of my two favorite Forman films. If you like Show Me Love
, The 400 Blows
, Gregory's Girl
, Il Posto
(by my count only roujin and I have seen that gem; shame of you, folks, calling yourselves film lovers!), or Flirting
, you need to give Forman's film a chance. Whenever I watch it, it transports me to my teenage years. It's also a funny film that puts a huge smile on my face. The "Ahoy" sequence is one of the funniest I've ever seen. The DVD subtitles are off or dropped on occasion, but not so much that watching the film is a ruined experience. Might return with some screenshots of my own. And who can turn down watching a film with a dancing sequence like this?:
I have five films that I'm considering for my second nominee. I'd love to campaign for all five, but they would just get lost in the flood.