) is a Czech language film
by Karel Kachyňa
, completed in 1970
The film is about a bitter married couple that consists of Ludvik, a senior official of Prague's ruling Communist
regime, and his alcoholic wife Anna. They return home after attending a political party dinner and notice their home has been broken into. Several strange occurrences, including the disappearance of their spare house keys and dead phone lines, lead them to believe that they under surveillance by their own government. As the night progresses, the flaws of their marriage and of each other is exposed.
Cannes Film Festival
-Golden Palm nomination
for Karel Kachyňa
- This film was withheld from circulation by the nation's ruling Communist party (who were supported by the occupying Soviet forces). It wasn't released until late 1989, around the time of Czechoslovakia's first democratic elections in over 40 years.
- The Ear is often compared to the play and movie Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.