1951-1960ArthouseCzech RepublicDramaFrantisek Vlácil

Frantisek Vlácil – Holubice AKA The White Dove (1960)

A poetic film about a dove getting lost on its way to Prague getting shot down by a paralyzed boy. An artist who finds the dove becomes friends with the boy. Together they take care of it bringing it back to recovery.

This is truly magnificent film that I can not recommend more. As per the Facets booklet: “Nearly wordless, the film is dependent on lighting and imagery to tell the story and evoke a melancholy mood. Vlacil worked on the script for over a year, continually paring down the dialogue to a bare minimum. The narrative consists of eleven ‘poetical parts’ as Vlacil referred to them, witheach part containing only a few scenes….. composed shots in a very deliberate way, making striking use of the landscape and architecture…… yet imagery is not merely an exercise in form and composition. Like good poetry, it evokes an emotional response and brings our the film’s humanism.”

Frantisek Vlacil’s debut feature, poetically photographed by Jan Curik, helped to establish the Czech New Wave as a vital force in world cinema in the 1960s. A metaphor for freedom, the inspirational drama follows the journey of an innocent carrier pigeon that affects the life of everyone it encounters in its quest to return home to its owner. Along the way, the pigeon receives care and love from a variety of individuals, all of whom are drawn to the bird’s mysteriously powerful energy.


Container:  	Matroska
Runtime: 	1 h 10 min
Size: 	1.10 GiB
Codec: 	x264
Resolution: 	694x576 ~> 740x576
Aspect ratio:  	1.285
Frame rate: 	24.000 fps
Bit rate: 	2 000 kb/s
BPP: 	0.208
#1:  	Czech 1.0ch AC-3 @ 256 kb/s




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