Schweik's New Adventures

  • 1943
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, War

Basically a sequel to Jaroslav Hasek's famed comic novel The Good Soldier Schweik, but without a British-made forerunner (a German production, THE GOOD SOLDIER SCHWEIK, was made later and released in the US in 1963), this updated the silly-shrewd soldier's adventures to WW II, with the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Nazis. Hasek had actually published...read more

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Basically a sequel to Jaroslav Hasek's famed comic novel The Good Soldier Schweik, but without a British-made forerunner (a German production, THE GOOD SOLDIER SCHWEIK, was made later and released in the US in 1963), this updated the silly-shrewd soldier's adventures to WW II, with the

invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Nazis. Hasek had actually published a pamphlet subsequent to the occupation of his country which bore the title "How to Speak German." Inside, the pamphlet contained the story "Schweik Against the Gestapo." It was a best-seller in the occupied land. The film is

introduced by Czech elder statesman Masaryk, who explains that the low slapstick tone is intentional, planned to make the invaders seem less than invincible. Pearson, as Schweik, is detailed to locate a playing card that will pinpoint the position of a German ammunition dump. He gets a job as

butler to besotted Gestapo chief Mitchell and, after numerous pratfalls and perils, does what he set out to do. All of the players, with the sole exception of statesman Masaryk, are extremely British in this flawed attempt at wartime political satire.

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  • Review: Basically a sequel to Jaroslav Hasek's famed comic novel The Good Soldier Schweik, but without a British-made forerunner (a German production, THE GOOD SOLDIER SCHWEIK, was made later and released in the US in 1963), this updated the silly-shrewd soldier's… (more)

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