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I Served the King of England (Czech: Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále) is a 2006 Czech film, directed by Jiří Menzel and based on the novel by Bohumil Hrabal. This film is Menzel's sixth adaptation of the works of Hrabal for film. The film was released in the UK and in the US in 2008.
Jan Dítě has been released from a Czech prison just before the very end of his 15-year sentence and is settling in a town near the border between Czechoslovakia and Germany. He occupies his time with rebuilding a deserted house, and begins to recall his past, where he says that his main wish in life was to be a millionaire. Jan begins his career as a frankfurter vendor at a railroad station, and quickly learns the power of money and the influence it exerts over people.
At one point during his reminiscences, a young woman, Marcela, and her older traveling companion, a professor, settle in the area. Jan and Marcela develop a mutual attraction, although it remains physically unconsumated. The movie...