Tag Archives: Czech

Ondrej Trojan – Zelary (2003)

Synopsis:
A nurse and her surgeon-lover are part of a resistance movement in 1940s Czechoslovakia. When they are discovered, her lover flees and she must find a place to hide. A patient whose life she saved, a man from a remote mountain village where time stopped 150 years ago, agrees to hide her as his wife. Read More »

Frantisek Vlácil – Stín kapradiny AKA The Shadow of the Ferns (1986)

Synopsis
Somewhat reminiscent of Fassbinder, in particular QUERELLE, with characters appearing as the Angels of Death, this film could be titled HANSEL AND HANSEL. The story comes from the novel by Josef Capek, and is one of Vlacil’s wordiest, more philosophical films, as two young men are caught in the woods by the gameskeeper killing a deer So they kill him as well, still another senseless act, and spend the rest of the film running away, hiding in the woods, plagued by their crimes. The two talk incessantly, pledge to never leave one another, and enter into a homosexual bond which is never actually realized, as they rarely even touch, but they can’t exist without one another. As they get deeper in the woods, memories, fantasies, and hallucinations appear more prevalent. Read More »

Hynek Bocan – Cest a sláva AKA Honor and Glory (1968)

This historical film by Hynek Bočan touches upon the indecisiveness of the Czech nation, ready to bend the backbone in face of foreign rule. Situating the story at the close of the Thirty Year War enabled the depiction of the misery of the people that affects even an impoverished aristocratic milieu. Rudolf Hrušínský appears here in the role of an indecisive knight, persuaded for a long time and in vain to join the anti-Habsburg movement. The story does not only captivate through the depiction of manifold human characters, intrigues and sycophancy, but also through the circumstances ruling over the devastated farmstead, sunk in mud and crudeness. One of the best films with an updating tendency has come into being here, rightly being named along the such greats as Kladivo na čarodějnice (Witches’ Hammer). Read More »

Martin Fric – Zivot je pes AKA A Dog’s Life (1933)

Young music composer Viktor Honzl in vain looks for work. He is prevented from committing suicide by a technician of the gasworks who shortly beforehand has disconnected his gas due to past due bills. In the disguise of an older, serious, musical scholar Viktor obtains work in a music publishing house. So he may court Eva, publisher Durdys’s daughter, who he likes quite a bit, he recommends to the owner that he also employ his nephew. Understandably, this is he himself, in his every-day form. For Viktor, however, this becomes an extremely complicated situation as he switches in the place of business from the clothes of the uncle and then back again from the clothes of Viktor the nephew. Read More »

Borivoj Zeman – Fantom Morrisvillu AKA The Phantom of Morrisville (1966)

The Phantom of Morrisville is parody upon cheap crime mystery books. The story takes place on old mysterious english mansion. Its filled with typical pulp fiction characters who are grotesque just by themselves. The Movie starts in theatre where one of the musicians with easy part of Bizets Carmen opera reads crime story and identifies himself with noble Lord Hanibal Morris and his adventure. He is going to be married to beautiful Clarence but she has a terrible secret. Notorious villain Manuel Diaz is about to be executed but with help from his criminal buddys Dixi and Miki he is able to escape at the very last moment. Now he is on his way to Morrisville. Read More »

Jindrich Polák – Hra bez pravidel AKA A Game Without Rules (1967)

The rules are merciless: when a police detective kills a jewelry robber in self-defense, he doesn’t get any awards, but gets fired instead. He then keeps on surviving as a taxi-driver, and yet keeps on investigating in his case, which has not been closed even after many years… The film is an unique attempt at an action film in the Czech context. Read More »

Adolf Born & Jaroslav Doubrava & Milos Macourek – O Matylde s náhradní hlavou AKA Matylda and her Spare Head (1985)

Quote:
In one town there lives a little girl named Matylda, who likes to play, but doesn’t like to study – when she has to do, she remembers little. Her mom comes up with the idea to buy her some extra heads: one for Maths, one for poetry and so forth. Matylda gets all her heads together at home and everyone is happy. Until the day when her mother accidentally switches her head for a cabbage when Matylda is to recite a poem for her grandma. The family get-together is huge embarrassment. So Matylda and her mother realize that one head is more than enough. Read More »