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Films From Czechoslovakia

The possibilities, and the impossibility, of dialogue are explored in this brilliant animated film. ... Read more
A scientific film, typical of its kind, from a series on chemical engineering; it shows experiments on the surface tension of fluids. Czech commentary. ... Read more
... ... A landmark in the history of the erotic film genre, Ecstasy has been known more for the scandal it provoked rather than as a fascinating and definitive work of Czech modernism. ... ... ... Originally titled Symphonic der Uebe (supposedly renamed by the producer when at the initial ... Read more
This is a fascinating, brightly costumed sequence from an ancient Chinese folk opera. Athletic dancing to the original Chinese music is a feature of this vigorous display. ... Read more
WITH HIS LATEST FILM, Jiri Menzel takes us to a time not so long ago but worlds away, to a beautifully appointed country estate in Southern Bohemia after the First World War. ... The End Of Old Times recounts the sudden arrival and fortuitous adventures of the myste¬rious Duke Alexey ... Read more
... ... A seldom seen silent gem, Erotikon is an earli­er work in the same lyrical quartet on love and eros as Gustav Machaty's more widely known Ecstasy. Though very different, its explicit­ly erotic theme and portrayal of a complex mod­ern heroine make it a definite forerunner and a ... Read more
The film takes the form of a two-part sketch book on army life. The first, The Heel of Achilles, shows a tough corporal and a raw recurit, sent from then barracks for a medical check-up in town, filling in time between trains. The emptiness of such a day—gazing at shop windows, drinking yet ... Read more
Shows in humorous form the possibility ot using free time by cutting out pictures and making collages. ... Read more
'Boy, you've got to carry that weight a long time'. An animated comment on life's ironies. Prize-winner, Berlin Film Festival. ... Read more
A film record of several traditional folk dances of Moravia based on a group of old folk songs. English captions explain the origin and significance of each of the dances. ... Every year in the Moravian town of Stranice, national festivals are held, which revive the beauty of folk dances, national ... Read more
Civilisation exists on the backs of starving mil­lions, but also at the expense of future genera­tions. Civilisation survives by stuffing itself at all costs with the cannibalising of culture and bureaucracy! Svankmajer creates another bizarre, visual feast. ... Read more
Four black-outs about topical themes. ... Read more
Pianos in all shapes and sizes play a history of music ... Read more
"An entrancing hippie-dippie oratorio on gender combat that doesn't retell Genesis so much as slip it a microdot." - Village Voice ... There have been few filmmakers as willing to completely carve apart the conventions of cinema as Czech pioneer of the feminist avant-garde Vera Chytilová ... Read more
This strange mixture of Latin, German and English is the name of a hen, or rather, a hen painted in an unconventional way and the film tells the story of a little boy who, with his head in the clouds, refuses to conform... ... Read more
Told entirely in visuals and music, this poetic tale of tbree generations of a tamily of aviators manage* to communicate man's yearning to conquer the skies. The lead Is a scruffy little boy, who, fascinated by the huge jet planes that land everyday in the nearby drome, is longing to My like his ... Read more
An adventure film based upon Jack London's tale about the influence of gold on human character. A lone gold &ndash: digger discovers gold in a deserted canyon. The moment he laboriously extracts it from the ground, he is treacherously shot at by his former partner. A fight for life and death starts ... Read more
A plea for the preservation of nature. ... Read more
Intended for instructional use in schools, this film is a popular science production studying the life and growth of green plants. ... Read more
A most moving little study of the relics of the children of the Teresian ghetto who were executed by the Nazis. With the typical imagination of children, they drew in pencil and colored crayons everything they remembered from their former lives, their dreams and longings, as well as the horror and ... Read more
Every sports fan understands by the word "hockey" a game full of tension, excitement and competition. Hardly anyone, however, knows the "back stage" life of this dynamic game; its demands on the physical and mental make-up of the players, and the work that goes into training a champion player. ... Read more
Through the use of animated relief and puppets, questions to do with human creation and creativity are vividly suggested. The story of medieval alchemist Homunculus. who created a "man", is developed into a broad allegory, in which finally we are made aware of the fragility of universal order. ... Read more
Baran is a sheep farmer who lives in an isolated house with his wife and tw children. His only trips away are to a nearby village for shopping. The post-war atmosphere is still tense as troops loyal to the Polish SS led by Bandera (hence their name Banderaites) are trying to make their way to ... Read more
A film about kindergarten education in painting, from the first attempts at graphic expression the child is taught to observe the world. The results of the children's education to art are shown at an exhibition and there is everything from the first scrawls to Mum or Dad's portrait. ... Read more
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