‘I Served the King of England’ opens in the UK

Ivan Barnev is sublime as a resourceful waiter in Jiri Menzel’s Czech masterpiece

The best film I saw at the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival was called “I Served the King of England” and today it is released finally in the U.K., first at London’s Barbican Centre and then to select cinemas nationally.

Smart, ironic and surreal, like Bohumil Hrabal’s novel on which it’s based, “I Served the King of England,” is often flat-out hilarious. It was third on my Top 10 for 2007 behind only “The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford” and “The Band’s Visit.”

See my review of the film here: post

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