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Films From Czechoslovakia

A cartoon film about the adventures of two stray dogs. ... Read more
Alan Marshall's autobiographical novel of his own youthful fight against polio, has been transposed on to the screen by Czech director, Karel Kachylia. ... The setting has been transported from the Australian outback to the Tlumacov stud farm in Moravia, once the largest of its kind in the ... Read more
An animated film symbolically showing a petty-bourgeois who takes care only of himself. ... Read more
A satirical comment on human foibles, built around the theme of a man searching for his ideal. ... Read more
Team of well-known Czech animators have produced a succinct Czech variation on the theme of Bliss. With wit and verve, they draw their little everyman. oppressed by henpecking wife and haranguing boss, escaping into a pleasurable world of fantasy. ... Read more
Live action and animation combine to depict little girls encounter with fear down in the cellar, producing suspenseful and fantastic results . . . Jan Svankmajer has been making animation films since 1964, and is active in the Magic Lantern theatre of Prague. ... Read more
This film is dedicated to Czech glassworkers whose artistic products are world renowned. Figurines of blown glass come to life in delicate and sensitive colour. Skilful camera work and imagination are combined to create a charming fairy tale. ... Read more
Typical of the approach of Czecho­slovakia's new directors is this warm, human comedy by Ivan Passer. Almost free of plot, it snatches incidents from the brief encounter of two former schoolmates — Petr and Bambas — as they prepare for a small-town concert. By the time they have ... Read more
Puppet fairy-tale about a young fisherman who falls madly in love with his rather unusual catch, a little mermaid. But he ... loses his loved one through his own fault and before he can win her back his love is put to the test-a hard test. He has to ... wear out a pair of iron boots before he can ... Read more
This colourful film deals with the life of Jan Hus, reformer and preacher, who lived in Bohemia at the beginning of the 15th Century. It starts with the period when Hus preached his fiery sermons against the sale of pardons at the Bethlehem Chapel in Prague and ends with his death at the stake at ... Read more
Here is the Faust story told in the form of a tradi­tional Czech puppet play; it is also an experiment in widescreen techniques. Full of medieval magic and horror, the marvellous old puppet masks seem as effective today as at the time of their original use. The film is based on the medieval ... Read more
This is a tale, with Kafkaesque overtones, of a man who one day rents a cat from a state pet shop and when he wants lo return the animal finds that the shop is no longer there, and perhaps never was. ... Read more
A fossilised creature, millions of years old. is discovered by four young boys at the entrance to a cave. Their curiosity and imagination stimulated they decide to sail their boat down the river flowing from the cave. Down through the ages sails their little boat in search of the strange creature's ... Read more
The legend of the peacocks that saved the town of Kremnica from the Turkish invaders. ... Read more
A group of astronauts find mysterious eggs on an unknown planet, filled with treasure. They take them into their rocket, and while they doze off on their return journey to Earth, suffocating tentacles grow out of the eggs, not unlike the snakes in the tale about Lacoon. ... Read more
A bitter animated joke about the frustration of being an artist in pay of the bureaucracy. ... Read more
Here the Czechs have taken a classic American folk-form, the Western, and shot it full of holes. This is the story of a folk-hero named Lemonade Joe whose exploits would astonish those other great cowboys, Bronco Billy Anderson and William S. Hart, who rode the Purple Sage. ... It all begins with a ... Read more
A traditional song of love, won and tragically lost, is illustrated by graphics that evoke the essence of Czech folk culture. ... Grand Prix, Tours. ... Read more
A vivid re-enactment of life in a Moravian village towards the end of the last war. The cynicism of the story effectively conveys the sardonic humour of the villagers' efforts to protect their farms and valuables from the retreating Germans and the Russian liberators. The director has told the ... Read more
This sharp little anti-war film carries a surpisingly lasting after-effect, Between a prologue and epilogue of war, a bitterly humorous "thumb-nail''' history of weapons is given in an animated cartoon of unusual style and originality. ... Read more
Story of an engaging triumvirate: an inventor, his sweetheart, and an old general. ... Read more
A man tries to woo a woman. He holds a monologue, a love-sick tirade, he threatens, flatters, brags. But his efforts are in vain - the lady does not yield to him. He tries the same monologue - on another woman. ... Read more
A man tries to woo a woman. He holds a monologue, a lovesick tirade, he threatens, flatters and brags. But his efforts are in vain — the lady does not yield to him. He tries the same monologue — on another woman. ... Winner, Silver Bear, Berlin Film Festival, 1988. ... Read more
A social fresco set in Zizkov, a working-class suburb of Prague, between 1925 and 1939. The central idea of the narrative is the fate of the family of a small trader, Vincenc Bursik. He moved to Zizkov from the country. Already he had two sons and much hope that his cobbler's skill would sell ... Read more
The works of the Czech writer, Jan OtcenaSek, who was born in 1924, have already been used as the basis of the films Citizen Brych and Romeo, Juliet and Darkness. Lovers in Year One, directed by Jaroslav Balik, comes from Otcenasek's story and screen-play. The setting is Prague in 1945, immediately ... Read more
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