Lemonade Joe was made in 1964, during the exuberant period in Czechoslovakia filled with the hope that society was breaking free of the ideological grip of the 1950s and heading towards more freedom. The very choice of the Western and of satirical comedy was in itself already a step in opposition to the official presentation of the Western as 'a fallen and damaging genre'.
In a typical main street of a small town in the far West, a fight takes place between the handsome hero, Joe, and an ugly scoundrel. Joe is an agent for a company that produces the soft drink 'Kolaloka' and is trying to enforce the prohibition of alcohol.
The value of the film does not lie in its story; and five decades later, its slightly oppositionist undertone has disappeared. But its charm, bravura and humour ensured it 4.5 million viewers and the film is still regularly shown on Czech and Slovak TV stations.

Original title
Limonádovy Joe aneb Konská opera
Filmmaker
Oldrich Lipsky
Country
Czechoslovakia
Year
1964
Medium
35mm
Length
98’
Language
Czech
Production Company
Filmové studio Barrandov
Sales
Národní filmový archív
Writer
Oldrich Lipsky, Jiri Brdecka
Cinematography
Vladimir Novotny
Editor
Miroslav Hájek, Jitka Sulcova
Production Design
Karel Skvor
Sound Design
Josef Vlcek
Music
Vlastimil Hala, Jan Rychlík
Cast
Karel Fiala