Hiyah Kids, Hiyah, Hiyah! For this weeks installment of WTF? Wednesday, I've got a real snoozer of a movie for you out of 1960's cold war Czechoslovakia, that translates as something to the tune of "Late August At The Ozone Hotel", and if you are in the mood for a nap, then this movie is your Diphenhydramine HCI! I know, I know I promised you the 750 times more exciting "Robo-Vampire," but it just so happens that I lied! So, WTF? This is what you get!
To be fair, when you've been living on a steady diet of "Hellzapoppin," Mexican wrasslers, and the Three Stooges, and the testosterone level on an arty flick like this is way down there south of the border in the negativo departmento, what's a guy supposed to do, but rest his eyes for a little while?
I really had hoped the end of the world would be more exciting than this!!
Time and time again, we're faced with the same old question, just because it's the future, does it really qualify as Science Fiction?
You know, like in that famous film festival in the south of France!
There isn't much of a story line in this film, nuclear holocaust, with only a handful of survivors, just trying to get by, day by day by day by day by day, and it's basically the perennial snail going for a joyride on the back of a turtle, but seriously, a lot of people really like this film for it's starkness, desolation, and underlying overtones. A lot of people like to watch paint dry!
So what if it was in musical comedy in colour, and these two gals were Jayne Mansfield and Jane Russell, but the pace, and everything else was the same.........I dunno...probably wouldn't have been any better!
The composer of the music for "Konec Srpna V Hotelu Ozon" was a gentleman by the name of Jan Klusák, who had a nice career in film that ran from 1960 to 1991, composing music for Czechoslovakian movies like "Revenge," "Chasing The Cat," "Krik" and "Strop!"
I read somewhere that somebody said this lady had the most beautiful expressive face they'd ever seen, and I agree, but is that really enough to base a movie on? I guess!
It's the end of the world, why should it be anything but slow and depressing, there's just not a whole Helluva lot to do! At least they have horses, and they do eventually meet an older male of the species still surviving, but it takes a lot of patience to get that far into the future!