If a Thousand Clarinets (1965)

  |  Comedy, Fantasy, Musical

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A military base. An awkward soldier. A statue of Bach. And suddenly all guns in the area change into music instruments. Great mystery is immediately found by TV station. And soon the military base becomes a stage for huge TV show.


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25 February 2020 | Tonino101
| Silliness Prevails
This combination of fantasy, musical, extravaganza and silliness doesn't really work. It could be a brilliant satire, a "The Good Soldier Svejk"-like grotesque; it could be something similar to Milos Forman's "The Firemen's Ball", but, unfortunately, it isn't. The basic premise had the potential; the idea of turning guns into clarinets and vice versa was a good one. However, the directors were too obsessed with playing it safe in Communist Czechoslovakia and making the viewers "have a good time". In the end, silliness prevails, and the film doesn't live up to its cult status.


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Comedy | Fantasy | Musical


Release Date:

29 January 1965



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