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Films From Czechoslovakia

Frantisek Krai returns home after several years abroad. Plastic surgery following a car accident changed his face to such an extent that even his wife fails to recognise him. This new "ego", together with his irresponsible nature, promote Krai's career as a spy. However, he is not essentially a ... Read more
This puppet film is a lively and effective parody of the false romanticism and shoddy adventure stories characteristic of Hollywood's fifth-rate Westerns. Jiri Trnka is one of the leading producers of puppet films in Europe, his work including both short films, such as the Song of the Prairie and ... Read more
A black and white look at a large and a small bird who become involved in some zany, allegorical adventures. ... International Critics' Award, Annecy Festival. ... Read more
Old records are sometimes incomplete. This animated film tells the true reason why the Great Moravian Empire crumbled. ... Read more
During the period 1947 to 1950, two young engineers tested the "Tatra 87", a Czechoslovakian automobile, on an extensive world tour through forty-eight countries. This film shows how the car used in the expedition was dismantled and searched for defects and wear after many thousands of miles ... Read more
A wry tribute to Messrs. Daimler and Lenoir, inventors of the motorcar. ... Read more
The Czechs have always had a fondness and talent for fantasy and in That Cat they have found a particularly intriguing central theme. A small town suddenly finds itself transformed by the magical powers of a cat which usually wears glasses because without them people are revealed in their true ... Read more
The film is meant as a warning against the mod­ern dependencies of people, very often the obiects of our daily life which surround us will change their characteristics and turn on us. ... Read more
A little moral tale about an apple and two men vying for it. ... Read more
A young nurse, Anna Simova, works at a Prague maternity hospital John (played by film director, Jin Menzel) a doctor with whom she works is cool and ironic He is single and has an affair with a married woman, Marta Anna meets the doctor by accident one day in the town, they have dinner together, he ... Read more
Almost forgotten people's songs and dances of Bohemia performed by the younger generation. ... Read more
This film is by one of Czechoslovakia's few women directors — part documentary, part acted. It is a skilful record of the development of a young uni­versity student who turns model, and gradually realises that her new career, with its intrigues and scepticism, can result in nothing but ... Read more
The film illustrates the creative achievements of the Czech artist-painter during the last fifty years and indicates his devotion to educate young promising artists. ... Read more
Based on the drawings of the famous French cartoonist. Jean Effel, the film tells the story of the first part of Genesis amusingly and with invention. Effel's gallic wit is carefully preserved and further enhanced by the versatile musical background. ... Read more
After Munich, when the Sudetcnland became part of Germany, an adept of Tibetan lore who is convinced that his work of cremating the dead sets people free for a better after-life, is convinced by a Nazi friend that he has a drop of German blood and is a member of the new master race. From being a ... Read more
This is a horror story about an odour which brings death The style of the animation combines the brutality of comics with the tenderness of folk art. ... Read more
Man as the blind victim of his own innate violence forms the link in this three-part allegory on the futility of violence and war. ... The opening sequence of the triptych (The Deserter), set during World War I, begins with the hunting down by the military of Kalman, a gypsy soldier, who deserts ... Read more
Twenty years after it was made and promptly banned, this deviously plotted Czech thriller remains fresh, incisive and mordantly funny about ambition, paranoia and conjugal bliss in the world of politics. ... Ludvik, a high-ranking bureaucrat and his wife Anna return home from a reception. She's ... Read more
This lavishly mounted and richly decorated Czech colour film is a blending of many diverse elements - fantasy, legend, satire and even political allegory. The film is linked with the Czech theatre through the person of Jan Werich, an outstanding actor and author of many Czech plays, who creates a ... Read more
A witty parallel demonstrating the fate of mankind through the individual fates of puppet gloves. ... Read more
Can one live with the truth? ... Eve in the Garden of Paradise listens to the Serpent. She is about to bite into the fruit of the Tree of Truth. ... In 1970, in the garden of the boarding-house where the same holiday makers meet every year, Eve hands the apple to her husband Joseph. He declines the ... Read more
Jirí Trnka's latest film tells how a potter is tormented by an enormous hand which constantly interferes with his efforts to create something of his own. ... Special Prize, Annecy Festival; First Prize, Bergamo Festival. ... Read more
We see an average family with two school-age children and small baby. Both parents work at jobs outside of the house. The wife puts in the same hours as her husband, but makes much less in wages. In addition, she has the traditional responsibility for household chores and taking care of the ... Read more
A science fiction parable on aggression. ... Read more
An animated puppet film whose "hero" is the obiect in the title. On returning home, a small boy finds his handkerchief with a knot in it which is to remind him of a job. He stuffs the handkerchief into his pocket and goes off to play. On the way, the knot slips from his pocket and makes off. . . ... Read more
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