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Films From Czechoslovakia

A winner of the Grand Prix at the International Festival of Animated Films at Annecy, this fable symbolizes the supremacy of true art over cruelty and violence. ... Read more
Placed in the world between reality and a dream, a small boy tries to reach through his loneliness by beating the drum with all his might. ... Read more
A puppet review which is a variant on the theme of inanimate objects that start moving at night under the direction of a strange sprite in top hat and frock coat. ... Read more
Awarded the Silver Rose at the Amsterdam Festival, The Loaf of Bread, made by Prague students, tells the story of a group of prisoners sitting by the side of their wagons while their train is halted. A group plot to steal a loaf of bread from a train across the sidings: how to evade the guards and ... Read more
During excavation for a new housing development, bits of film are discovered which, when examined prove to contain scenes from a long lost "glove civilization". ... Read more
The Loves of a Blonde confirms the exceptionally engaging talent of Milos Forman, revealed last year in his Peter and Pavla. The heroine, blonde Andula, all wide-eyed innocence, works in a factory and lives in a hostel; vulnerably romantic, she is picked up by a young jazz musician. The night they ... Read more
This is a vivid demonstration of the techniques used by Zeman in his fantasy films. ... Read more
Juraj Herz is Czechoslovakia's chief creator of fables, fairy stories and parables. His previous works seen at the festival include the grotesque joke called The Cremator and the mordant and elaborate good and evil story Morgiana. Herz has staked out a film-making territory that could be called a ... Read more
A brief anecdotal story of a fanatical orator who pro­duces and polishes a speech which evokes unexpected images in the minds of his listeners. ... Read more
Here THE PIED PIPER becomes elevated to a high moral tale using intricately carved puppets and sets reminiscent of German Expressionist films (16 walnut puppets and over 170 different sets were specially created for the film). Rats become an anarchic force outside the system of exchange they hoard ... Read more
It is still rare for a scientist of note to concern himself directly with films for popular education in science. Professor Jan Calabek is not only a scientist who appreciates the value of such popular education but also a most accomplished cinematographer. The result here is a beautifully made ... Read more
To obtain service, a little bribe can come in handy. ... Read more
The Proud Princess is based on the popular fairy-tale of Bozena Nemcova, a classic author. The film tells of a young prince who is loved by his subjects for his wisdom and who, disguised as a gardener, goes on a visit to a neighbouring country in order to correct the beautiful but spoiled princess ... Read more
Three short episodes involving puppets and their relationship with man. ... Read more
A documentary about a safe-cracker who became quite famous after the war, meeting the police inspector who arrested him 25 years ago. After serving his sentence, the safe-cracker became a guard and now lives a calm and orderly life. ... Read more
An episode in a serial about two little bears, in which one of the bears falls in love with their playmate, a panther-who is really a kitten. ... Read more
The sculptor of the statues of saints has a beautiful wife. The priest of the local church falls in love with her, but his pursuit of her leads to disappointment. ... Read more
An animated puppet film featuring the magical character Krakonos. ... Read more
Hermina Tvrlova, a Czech animator ranking in fame close to Jiri Trnka, uses her favourite material, wool, to tell the Bible story of the Star of Bethlehem. ... Read more
The war has ended, but a strange phantom returns to earth to recover a helmet. A brilliantly pointed allegory of the menace of militarism. ... Read more
A comic horror cartoon about a submarine. ... Read more
The Czechoslovak film industry celebrated its 80th birthday in 1978. Material preserved in film archives provides ample evidence that Czech filmmakers were in the vanguard of European cinematography during the first decade of the century, and Jifi Menzel's film, set in 1907, pays tribute to the ... Read more
By means of simple drawings, this anecdotal farce ridicules three lazy and quarrelsome men. Gold Medal Award from the Venice Festival. ... Read more
This production covers twenty four hours in the Czech ghetto of Theresienstadt, depicting the events and procedures before the departure of another transpoit for Auschwitz. The action involves various Jewish individuals and SS policemen; yet this isn't just another concentration camp film. ... Read more
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