Directed by Milos Forman, 1963
The first feature by Milos Forman (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus
), this coming-of-age tale about a malcontent teen in love heralded the arrival of an important cinematic talent. Forman captures the minute details of awkward romance and teenage rebellion with a keen eye to create a vivid portrait of youth from the Czech New Wave. In Czech with English subtitles.
CODE NAME RUBY
Directed by Jan Nemec/1997
The search for the source of mystical knowledge is at the heart of this controversial feature from Czech New Wave veteran Jan Nemec (Diamonds of the Night
, A Report on the Party and the Guests
). The film combines documentary, archival footage, and fiction into an elliptical narrative in which two young lovers in Praguean ancient seat for the practice of alchemyfollow the trail for the philosopher's stone.
Directed by Alfred Radok, 1949
Banned for decades, this rediscovered classic of Holocaust Cinema was shot only three years after the war ended, making it one of the first films to deal with the Holocaust. Distant Journey
follows the struggles of Dr. Hannah Kaufman and her family from the time of the Nazi Occupation of Prague through her experiences in the transit camp of Theresienstadt (modern Terezin). In Czech with English subtitles.
THE END OF AUGUST AT THE HOTEL OZONE
Directed by Pavel Juracek, 1966
Nuclear war has destroyed most of civilization. A pack of wild girls search for males who can give them children. With its stark atmospheric settings, cinematograhper Jan Schmidt creates the perfect mood to complement Juracek's sci-fi tale about what awaits us after the end of the world. In Czech with English subtitles.
THE GOOD SOLDIER SCHWEIK
Directed by Karel Stekly, 1956
Acclaimed Czech actor Rudolf Hrusinsky stars as the cheerful Schweik, a good-natured buffoon with a story for every occasion. After getting drafted into the Czech army during WWI, Schweik becomes an assistant to high-ranking military officials, and unwittingly wreaks havoc on the leaders of the 91st infantry. In Czech with English subtitles.
THE GOOD SOLDIER SCHWEIK 2:
BEG TO REPORT, SIR
Directed by Karel Stekly, 1957
The popular sequel to Karel Stekly's definitive screen adaptation of Jaroslav Hasek's acclaimed novel. Beg to Report, Sir
stars Rudolf Hrusinsky as the cheerful soldier Schweik, blissfully ignorant of the sweeping changes taking place all around him. In Czech with English subtitles.
LATE NIGHT TALKS WITH MOTHER
Directed by Jan Nemec, 2001
More cinematic confession than documentary, this captivating, innovative film diary finds director Jan Nemec revisiting his life as he unravels the threads of his difficult relationship with his mother, who passed away many years ago. In Czech with English subtitles.
Directed by Oldrich Lipsky, 1964
This oddball spoof of the Western is set at the Trigger Whiskey Saloon, where bad girl Tornado Lou sings while the local temperance crusader, played by Playboy
covergirl Olga Schoberova, is menaced by hard-drinking baddies. Riding to the rescue is white-haired, tee-totaling Joe, the tough guy local lemonade salesman. In Czech with English subtitles.
Directed by Jana Sevcikova, 1984/1992/2001
In the outlands of Eastern Europe, acclaimed filmmaker Jana Sevcikova spent years chronicling the descendants of immigrants and exiles in these remote lands. The results are three poetic, intimate documentaries that capture the unique lives and customs of people unknown to most of the world. In Czech with English subtitles.
Directed by Jan Šikl, 2006
This remarkable eight-part series tells the
stories of ordinary people caught in the wheels of
Composed entirely of home movies, still
photographs, letters, and diaries dating from the
1920s to the 1960s, the series explores the
impact of sweeping historical events—war,
economic depression, and government
interference—on the private lives of normal
citizens. In the midst of political turbulence and
social change, they grow up, fall in love, get
married, and go on vacation. In Czech with English subtitles.
VALERIE AND HER WEEK OF WONDERS
Directed by Jaromil Jires, 1970
The line between fantasy and reality are blurred in this surreal and sexual horror tale from one of the Czech New Wave's top directors. After receiving a pair of bewitched earrings, a young girl's world is turned upside-down. Soon, vampires and carnal priests disrupt the girl's slumber, ravaging her innocence and awakening the woman within. Beautifully filmed. In Czech with English subtitles.
WHO WANTS TO KILL JESSIE?
Directed by Vaclav Vorlicek, 1966
In this trippy but charming comedy, a well-respected scientist creates a formula that can remove elements from dreams. But, what she doesn't know is that these dream images can manifest themselves in the real world. When she injects her husband with the formula, his dreams of Jessie-the blonde, voluptuous heroine of the comic strip "Who Wants to Kill Jessie?"-come crashing into their lives. In Czech with English subtitles.
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