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The Joke

1969 Czechoslovakian film

The Joke

Released 1969 (53 years, 10 months ago)

Director Jaromil Jireš
Genre film adaptation
Composer Zdeněk Pololáník
Country of origin Czechoslovakia
Screenwriter Milan Kundera

About The Joke

The Joke (Czech: Žert) is a 1969 Czechoslovakian film by director Jaromil Jireš. It is considered one of the last films of the Czech New Wave movement.

Based on Milan Kundera's novel of the same name, The Joke tells the story of Ludvík Jahn, a man expelled from the Czechoslovakian Communist Party for an idle joke to his girlfriend, and the revenge he later seeks through adultery. The film was produced during the political liberalization of the 1968 Prague Spring and contains many scenes which satirize and criticize the country's communist leadership. Amos Vogel wrote that the film was "possibly the most shattering indictment of totalitarianism to come out of a Communist country".

Cast and crew

Cast and crew listed below. See if you can find out who is who from the stats below.


88 years, 6 months, 27 days


71 years, 6 months, 28 days

Born first

20 March 1933

Died first

21 January 2017

Born last

12 July 1947

Died last

16 October 2022