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There are people, and there are walls - walls of ignorance, self-interest, mistrust, and only after these walls are torn down can we begin to live as human beings. This film was the winner of an international UNESCO competition on portrayal of the aims of the organisation. ... Read more
In 1946 Jan Drda, a 31-year-old writer, published a book of eleven stories called "The Silent Barricade", all dealing with the struggle against the Nazis. He had already written a number of books, of which the most popular, "A Pocket-sized Town", had been filmed. "The Silent Barricade" was actually ... Read more
Scientists attempt to solve the question of the existence of Martians. One of them appears to have found the right formula ... Read more
This satirical anti-war romance is set during the period of the Thirty Years' War. The action starts in 1625, when "press gongs" rounded up reluctant young men for the army, where they fought and often died for causes not of their own choosing. This story concerns two young men, Petr, who manages ... Read more
An animated film which employs a persistent rhythm, humour, and primitive visual symbols, to convey a message about two men trying to outwit each other for a place in a tiny patch of sunlight. ... Read more
An animated fantasy about a world of stones, that has much the same worries and joys as the world of human beings. ... Read more
A fable on the futility of progress for its own sake. Is the grass any greener for the helmeted astronaut than for the naked ape? ... Read more
This, the eleventh feature by Czech director Jan Kadar, was held up in production for more than two years— the initial shooting having been interrupted by the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, resulting in the dispersal of the cast and production unit. ... However, when the pressure ... Read more
The mainspring of the movement which swept Bohemia in the early 15th Century was a combination of a number of passionate ideals encompassing the religions which called for the reform of the Church and the national ideal which strove to lessen the influence of the dominating German minority. When ... Read more
From the musty archives of some supernatural Law Court a judge takes the dossier of a young girl accused of the crime of suicide. Gradually the evidence against her, her family, her fiance, her fiance's mother, her lover, her lover's wife and her fellow students is unfolded. Motives are analysed ... Read more
A lighthearted send up of man's battle with vending machines. ... Read more
A rocketship lands on the moon and the young astronaut Tonik meets there some heroes from the age of ihe Romantics - Cyrano de Bergerac, Barbican and Captain Nicol from Jules Verne's books, and the Baron Munchhausen. They think Tonik is an inhabitant of the moon and invite him to visit Earth. ... Read more
Animated version of a trying day in the life of modern man using the character and artwork of the famous Czech cartoonist Miroslav Bartak who could be a relative of our own Leunig. ... Read more
A magician changes one of his audience into a bird, then his powers fail . . . ... Read more
Filmed in the half-lit homes of its four participants, Blind Loves looks at the anxieties of falling in love when you can't see. ... Imagine being unable to clink a celebratory glass of champagne, or losing your partner on a crowded dance floor. Peeking into the minutiae of non-sighted existence ... Read more
Made as a co-production between Short Film Prague and the United Nations, the film underlines the vital need for disarmament The film was awarded the Special Prize of the Jury for Short Films at Cannes in 1979. ... Read more
In an atmosphere of placid leisure and late-middle-aged tedium vitae, three provincial gentlemen accept their lot with philosophical detachment. Enter an acrobat-magician and his beautiful blonde assistant. In the village priest, the retired army officer, and the lakeside boathouse owner, dormant ... Read more
A charming film, the action of which takes place in a village to which a mobile cinema has come; it is in fact a mobile dental surgery — the dentist rewards the children by showing them a film. ... Read more
The locale is a small railway station somewhere in Bohemia during the Second World War. Nothing much happens here, except that some shabby carriages come to a brief stop or, now and then, a German transport passes by. There are only a few people around: the old stationmaster, the assistant, and ... Read more
Conscience is the story of an office executive who, returning home in his car after a riotous night, accidentally runs down and kills a small boy. Apparently unobserved he flees from the scene. Later he confesses his crime to his wife but although troubled by conscience he has not the strength of ... Read more
6 wars, 10 recipes, 60,361,024 dead. ... If the cooks went on strike would there still be war? Pondering this question and looking at six of the greatest, bloodiest wars of Europe's past, Cooking History is a culinary excursion through the field kitchens of battles fought, lost and won. ... With ... Read more
Jiří Menzel, director of Closely Watched Trams, returns with this study of the world-wide trend for suburban dwellers to move out to the country, buying up weekenders and holiday houses. ... A middle-class, reasonably weil-to-do family, Mr and Mrs Lavicka and their two children, decide to buy ... Read more
Jiri Trnka's modern fairy story is an answer to the worship of technique to the exclusion of sensibility. ... Read more
The latest offering from the great Czech animator proves that the original is always the best. ... "With this body, senses and existence, a being fills an empty room, but this existence is unsteady and temporary. We will immerse into darkness again, in the same way we have emerged from it." ... Read more
More than three hours long, this film is a painstaking reconstruction of the days of the Munich crisis. One of Czechoslovakia's most distinguished film-makers. Otakar Vavra, has directed and scripted what is essentially a dramatised documentary. All the central characters from the period are played ... Read more
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