104 All My Good Countrymen

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104 All My Good Countrymen

#1 Post by antnield » Sat Aug 22, 2015 6:16 am


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#2 Post by zedz » Sat Aug 22, 2015 9:48 pm

Wow! Now that's a major announcement.!

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#3 Post by swo17 » Sat Aug 22, 2015 9:55 pm

Criterion has the rights to this as well but I'm not holding my breath for them to put it out.

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#4 Post by RossyG » Sun Aug 23, 2015 4:45 am

Nice one! I shall be getting that.

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#5 Post by MichaelB » Sun Aug 23, 2015 4:55 am

An absolutely magnificent film. I flagged the restoration up to Arrow when it was premiered, but in truth it was always more of a Second Run title - it's a bit too obscure to risk a full-on dual-format release.

But you can blind-buy this one with complete confidence: it's one of the very best Czech films of the Sixties, which is saying something.

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#6 Post by What A Disgrace » Sun Aug 23, 2015 7:48 am

I'm not gonna wait for Criterion to release this masterpiece, and will instead buy it day one.

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#7 Post by jbeall » Sun Aug 23, 2015 9:23 am

Absolutely fantastic news. I own the Facets dvd, and while they did their level best to ruin the film, All My Good Countrymen is so beautiful and poignant that even Facets couldn't ruin it entirely. It'll be great to have a release from a company that does it right.

For folks who haven't seen it, this release is totally worth a blind-buy.


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#9 Post by antnield » Mon Oct 05, 2015 6:49 am

Press release notes an additional bonus:

Vojtěch Jasný’s 1969 short film Bohemian Rhadsopy (Česká věta)

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#10 Post by walsgrave » Tue Oct 06, 2015 5:32 am

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#11 Post by MichaelB » Tue Oct 06, 2015 7:22 am

Going "wow!" at a new Second Run cover is pretty much my default mode, but... wow!

I'm particularly impressed because this film is such a hard sell - it's a great, great film, but you really don't get that from a synopsis that makes it seem the epitome of the worthy but dull.

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#12 Post by swo17 » Tue Oct 06, 2015 10:46 am

Trying to lure in the Pat O'Neill crowd I see.

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#13 Post by AidanKing » Tue Oct 06, 2015 10:54 am

The still on the Second Run website (accessed through the link in the first post) makes the film look as if it may have been visually influential on both Terrence Malick and the Bill Douglas of Comrades, although that's probably not likely given its suppression.

If it's anything close to the calibre of the recent, fantastic run of Czechoslovak films Second Run have released (particularly Dragon's Return and Pictures of the Old World), it'll be a great addition to the collection.

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#14 Post by MichaelB » Tue Oct 06, 2015 11:25 am

Well, put it like this: in the famous 1998 Czech/Slovak critics' poll that voted Marketa Lazarova their national masterpiece, All My Good Countrymen came third.

And the first three entries were some distance ahead of the rest.

1. Marketa Lazarová [325 votes]
2. The Shop on the High Street [252]
3. All My Good Countrymen [222]
4. The Firemen's Ball [163]
5. Intimate Lighting [134]
6. Distant Journey [122]
7. Diamonds of the Night/Closely Observed Trains [121]
8. The Cremator [79]
9. The Case for the Young Hangman [71]
10. The Ear [68]

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#15 Post by Bikey » Mon Nov 02, 2015 9:46 am

Celebrating Vojtěch Jasný’s 90th birthday and lifetime achievements, the annual Made in Prague Czech Film Festival pays tribute to this great filmmaker, hailed as "the spiritual father of the Czech New Wave" by Miloš Forman.

On Saturday September 7th there is a special day of Vojtěch Jasný films at London's Regent Street Cinema:
4pm - Desire (1958)
6pm - When the Cat Comes (aka Cassandra Cat, 1963)
8.15pm - All My Good Countrymen, (1968)

The season trailer is here

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#16 Post by thirtyframesasecond » Mon Nov 02, 2015 1:45 pm

Oh damn, I've been desperate to see Cassandra Cat for years - have to see if I can make this!

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#17 Post by MichaelB » Mon Nov 02, 2015 1:50 pm

It's out on English-friendly DVD in the Czech Republic if you can't.

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#18 Post by thirtyframesasecond » Mon Nov 02, 2015 4:51 pm

MichaelB wrote:It's out on English-friendly DVD in the Czech Republic if you can't.
Brilliant! Do you have a link?

Is Jasny's 'Desire' available anywhere too?

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#19 Post by MichaelB » Mon Nov 02, 2015 4:56 pm

Both my former Czech suppliers seem to have gone out of business, but DVD Best in Slovakia (whose packaging would stop a tank) has it for €6.95.

And there's more good news too - although don't be tempted by the Czech disc of All My Good Countrymen: not only is it not the new restoration that Second Run is using but it definitely doesn't have English subtitles.

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#20 Post by thirtyframesasecond » Mon Nov 02, 2015 5:35 pm

MichaelB wrote:Both my former Czech suppliers seem to have gone out of business, but DVD Best in Slovakia (whose packaging would stop a tank) has it for €6.95.

And there's more good news too - although don't be tempted by the Czech disc of All My Good Countrymen: not only is it not the new restoration that Second Run is using but it definitely doesn't have English subtitles.
Great, thanks for that. Very reasonably priced. I'll have a look around for some other things too.

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#21 Post by Bikey » Mon Nov 16, 2015 8:31 am

Full details on this release now up at the Second Run website and available to order.

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#22 Post by L.A. » Tue Nov 17, 2015 11:05 am

Any chance this getting a Blu-ray as well?

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#23 Post by Bikey » Thu Nov 19, 2015 5:53 am

“It’s rare to see such sincere empathy in cinema... The film manages to compress all the breadth and scope of a TV serial into a sub-two hour runtime, revealing itself as one of Second Run DVD’s finest and most user-friendly releases”
David Jenkins reviews in the latest Little White Lies magazine

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#25 Post by Bikey » Tue Nov 24, 2015 6:37 am

"A bawdy, vital film... a whole mini-series worth of story packed into just short of two hours... there is just so much in here"
The latest Cinema Eclectica podcast on Jasný’s ALLL MY GOOD COUNTRYMEN - with warm, kind words about Second Run too! (from c.23:40 – 30:05)

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