Czech Republic

Juraj Herz – Panna a netvor aka Beauty and the Beast (1978)

A more horrific and gloomy version of The Beauty and the Beast. Julie, the youngest daughter of a bankrupt merchant, sacrifices her life in order to save her father. She goes to an enchanted castle in the woods and meets Netvor, a bird-like monster. As Netvor begins to fall in love with Julie, he must suppress his beastly urge to kill her. Read More »

Karel Kachyna – Ucho AKA The Ear (1970)

Karel Kachyna’s 1970 The Ear is a harrowing tale that interweaves marital discord and surveillance paranoia. With its portrait of a government functionary who spends a sleepless night wondering if he’ll be arrested before daybreak, it’s no wonder that The Ear had to wait until 1989 for its Czech premiere; the wonder is that it was made at all. The latter, at least, can be explained by the fact that Kachyna’s long-time collaborator, scenarist Jan Procházka, was a government official of some standing – which accounts, no doubt, for The Ear’s insider perspective, playing as it does with the couple’s knowledge of which rooms in their comfortable house are likely bugged and which aren’t. Read More »

Václav Marhoul – Tobruk (2008) (HD)

Nominated for eight Crystal Lions (the Czech Republic’s equivalent of the Oscars), and a substantial domestic hit, war film “Tobruk” reps a solid work of craftsmanship in every department. Story of a bunch of grunts who get shipped out during WWII to the North African frontline in Tobruk, Libya, doesn’t score many points for originality, but the pic tells its tale well, without sentimentality, and features vigorous, intense action sequences. In a healthier economic climate, writer-helmer Vaclav Marhoul’s sophomore feature might have flown the Czech flag in cinemas offshore, but these days its best shot is in ancillary pickups. Read More »

Stefan Uher – Slnko v sieti AKA The Sun in a Net (1962) (HD)

Oldrich “Fajolo” Fajták (Marián Bielik), a student who directs quasi-existentialist verbal abuse at his girlfriend Bela Blazejová (Jana Beláková), takes off to a formally volunteer summer work camp at a farm where he meets her grandfather. Read More »

Adolf Born & Jaroslav Doubrava & Milos Macourek – Mindrák AKA Inferiority Complex (1981)

A humorous criminal story about a dog that knew how to read, appreciated classical music and spoke a foreign language. His primitive master hates his dog’s superiority and tries to liquidate it physically. In the end he pays for it himself. Read More »

Adolf Born & Jaroslav Doubrava & Milos Macourek – O vodovodu ktery zpival v opere AKA About the tap who sang at the opera (1990)

Story about a hard way to the stage.

Our hero gives up his job in a restaurant to find fame on fortune at the opera. will he succeed? Read More »

Adolf Born & Jaroslav Doubrava & Milos Macourek – O chlapeckovi, který se stal kredencí AKA The Boy who became a Cupboard (1989)

Parents of all children around the world held a congress to discuss how to deal with their misbehaving. All parents came together, only one was missing, parents of Silvester, the best boy in the world. The congress decided to go see him so he could lead the other children by example. Silvester was truly an exceptional child, but his “being good at all times and under all circumstances” somewhat got out of hand … Read More »