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Films From Czechoslovakia

An animated film, which demonstrates the immortality of the legend of Orpheus and Euridice. The artwork is based on the style of Pompeian frescoes; the music is by the renowned composer, Zdenek Liska. ... Best Student Film, Chicago ... Read more
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A continuation in the series of cartoons on a whimsical character called Mr. Koumal, who in this film tries, in an original way, to find what is 'personal courage'. ... Read more
The melodrama has been seen, by directors as disparate as Douglas Sirk and Orson Welles, as "the last form of tragedy in a bourgeois world". Whether or not we choose to accept such a claim, melodrama has for centuries provided theatre audiences with access to a world, where vice and virtue seem to ... Read more
The camera records, with good humour, the reacations of newcomers to the vast sea of mud outside their apartments, which form part of a new housing project, still under construction. ... Read more
Experimental animation elaborating a musical theme We begin with mundane BCW reality In all its drabness move into colour with the creation of the composition and See the vivid colours and wild shapes of the composers fantasy In the concert finale. ... Read more
A satirical cartoon about premature marriages. A fickle young woman changes her husband, hairstyle, and dress, so often that she has not even time to comb her little girl's hair. ... Read more
The famous American detective, Nick Carter, is summoned from his New York office by Chief of Police, Inspector Kaunitz of Prague to solve The Mystery of the Century. Countess Thunova's beloved Gert has disappeared! ... Following the clue afforded by a carnivorous plant, and quite undismayed by the ... Read more
A man prone to daydreaming suddenly loses his sight Overnight, the world becomes a frightening place. Luckily, an angel watches over him. ... Read more
A moral tale about a little boy who could make his phantasies materialise. ... Read more
It started at the turn of the century. In those days the first cycles were launched on the roads, cycles "which went under their own steam even uphill". These were the first motorcycles and soon after followed the first motorcars. This was an invention which was to change the course of history ... Read more
An Olympic runner carries the torch to the new games.The little man famous in Czech cartoons attempts to ... overcome obstacles whilst transporting the Olympic Flame. ... Read more
Karel Zeman once again returns to the science-fiction fantasy world of Jules Verne, this time in a French fort in North Africa at the turn of the century. ... A young lieutenant is saved from the sea by a beautiful maiden who has escaped from the ship of an arms dealer who brought her to a rebel ... Read more
A modern ballad of a passionate motorist. The hero of Jiri Trnka's puppet film was born with a craze for speed; this motif is recorded in six variations. ... Read more
Two tales by Edgar Allan Poe and Villiers de L'Isle Adam provided the inspiration for the story of human suffering and people's indomitable hope. The combined film method ... used and subtle art conception guarantee an unusual presentation of these classical literary works. ... Read more
Milos Forman's first feature-film has as its theme the trials and tribulations of a young boy: his first love, his relations with the adult world, his parents and the people with whom he comes in contact at work. His job in a shop is to see thai customers do not "abscntniindcdly slip goods into ... Read more
... ... This 1972 documentary was suppressed for 16 years by the censors in Slovakia because it dares to suggest that Czechoslovak society is imperfect, especially for old folks living in poverty in mountain villages. ... ... ... Despite their hardships and poor diets, these toothless men, formetly ... Read more
This is a documentary about the sources of inspiration of the art nouveau in Prague. The film shows art nouveau as an artistic style that penetrated into the everyday life of its time, and as an artistic process which opened new possibilities for modern creative art. ... Read more
A superb animated film commenting on modern architecture. ... Read more
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This documentary is a singularly unique history of the fortress and prison town of Terezin, which the Nazis converted into a concentration camp. ... Read more
A group of summer picnickers wandering through a wood are led by a genial host to a sumptuous alfresco birthday party, where candles burn on long tables in a setting like a vast outdoor banqueting hall. Then a woman discovers she is sitting in the wrong place, so everyone shuffles round. A man ... Read more
A documentary about the European Gymnastics Championships. ... Read more
A provocative episode about a gypsy girl who picks up an 18-year-old youth. Her chameleon-like changes leave him baffled and confused. ... Read more
A demonstration of the need for mutual understanding and tolerance in marriage. ... Read more
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