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Pearls of the Czech New Wave

Series #32

Apr 24, 2012

Number of Discs: 4

  • 1.33:1 Standard
  • Czech Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • English subtitles

Pearls of the Czech New Wave

Directed By: Jiri Menzel, Vera Chytilová, Jan Nemec, Evald Schorm, Jaromil Jires
Licensor: The Czech State Fund

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Of all the cinematic New Waves that broke over the world in the 1960s, the one in Czechoslovakia was among the most fruitful, fascinating, and radical. With a wicked sense of humor and a healthy streak of surrealism, a group of fearless directors-including eventual Oscar winners Milos Forman and Ján Kadár-began to use film to speak out about the hypocrisy and absurdity of the Communist state. A defining work was the 1966 omnibus film Pearls of the Deep, which introduced five of the movement's essential voices: Vera Chytilová, Jaromil Jires, Jirí Menzel, Jan Nemec, and Evald Schorm. This series presents that title, along with five other crucial works that followed close on its heels, one from each of those filmmakers-some dazzlingly experimental, some arrestingly realistic, all singular expressions from a remarkable time and place.

  • Includes the films Pearls of the Deep, Daisies, A Report on the Party and Guests, Return of the Prodigal Son, Capricious Summer, and The Joke


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