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Lemonade Joe

Limonádový Joe
Director: Oldřich Lipský

Czechoslovakia, Comedy, 1964, 98 min

Joe is an agent for a company producing the soft drink ‘Colaloca’ and is trying therefore to enforce a prohibition of alcohol in the town and keeps running up against Dago, the owner of a bar/ brothel, home of drinking-bouts and card games. Two local ladies, the fragile and tender Winifred and the dark-haired bar singer Tornado Lou, fall in love with Joe. Even though “Lemonade Joe” doesn’t really belong to the Czechoslovak New Wave known for its aesthetic innovations, but the choice to parody the Westerns and comedy genres provide to this film some unexpectedly humorous novelty.

 
Awards:
 
1964 – Silver Seashell award at the 12th International San Sebastian Film Festival (Spain).
 
About the director:
 
Oldřich Lipsky (1924–1986) was a Prague-born film maker who specialised in comedies. He was a great lover of the circus and made several films and TV series about circus life. His film “It’s All Einstein's Fault” (Muz z prvního století, 1961) was nominated for a Golden Palm award at the 15th Cannes Film Festival. Other films Lipsky is known for: “Circus” (Cirkus bude, 1954), “Happy End” (1966), “Dinner for Adele” (Adéla jeste nevecerela, 1977), “Great Robbery” (Velká filmová loupež, 1986).
 
Section: Red Westerns

Screenplay: Jiří Brdečka, Oldřich Lipský

Dir. of Photography: Vladimír Novotný

Music: Jan Rychlík, Vlastimil Hála

Cast: Karel Fiala, Miloš Kopecký, Květa Fialová, Olga Schoberová