Dreaming of becoming a millionaire, a short but ambitious Czech works his way into a posh pre-war luxury spa, where his marriage to a Hitler-loving fräulein provides him with a golden opportunity to make his fondest wish come true.
I Served the King of England
treads lightly through a dark time--before, during, and after World War II in Eastern Europe. This cinematic fable follows an impish Czechoslovakian man who leads a modestly charmed life as a waiter at hotels and brothels, sleeping with prostitutes and chambermaids as he dreams of wealth and plays pranks on the rich and bourgeois. But when he falls in love with a fervent Nazi woman, glimpses of a bleak reality intrude into his whimsical life. I Served the King of England
doesn't delve in to the horrors of the concentration camps (though it does explore some strange, lesser-known corners of the Nazi psyche). This is the story of a man who leads a shallow life, who evades atrocity almost by accident, and who grows haunted by his lack of engagement and pursuit of meaningless goals--and yet, he survives while others do not. The movie's charm and humor are rich and multilayered (though it's unfortunate that its female characters are not as well-drawn as the men and the treatment of prostitution is, at best, glib). I Served the King of England
is a sweet and subtle movie with an erotic streak that will appeal more to men than to women. --Bret Fetzer
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