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Czech and Slovakian movies I liked + Ones I have, but not seen.
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1.
The Deadly Invention (1958)
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An evil millionaire named Artigas plans to use a super-explosive device to conquer the world from his headquarters inside an enormous volcano. (78 mins.)
Director: Karel Zeman
 
2.
The Outrageous Baron Munchausen (1962)
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The outrageous Baron Munchausen tells of his many adventures, from meeting the Man in the Moon to defeating a Turkish army all by himself. (83 mins.)
Director: Karel Zeman
 
3.
Vásen (1963 Short Film)
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(9 mins.)
Director: Jirí Trnka
“ 7/10 ” - Caltiki05
 
4.
Archandel Gabriel a paní Husa (1965 Short Film)
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A joyful puppet film based on a story from Giovanni Boccaccio's Decameron. It is a story of a philandering... (28 mins.)
Director: Jirí Trnka
“ 8/10 ” - Caltiki05
 
5.
The Last Trick of Mr. Schwarcewallde and Mr. Edgar (1964 Short Film)
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Two magicians, Mr. Schwarzwald and Mr. Edgar, try to outdo each other in performing elaborate magic tricks, leading to a violent ending. (12 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
 
6.
Johann Sebastian Bach: Fantasia G-moll (1965 Short Film)
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A man plays the Bach piece of the title on the organ, accompanied by images of stone walls with cracks and holes that grow and shrink... (10 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
 
7.
Et Cetera (1967 Short Film)
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A small, animated figure learns how to use a whip, a pair of wings and a house. (8 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
 
8.
Ruka (1965 Short Film)
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A happy little potter is approached by a huge hand which wants him to sculpt its statue. The potter refuses... (18 mins.)
Director: Jirí Trnka
“ 10/10 ” - Caltiki05
 
9.
Historia Naturae, Suita (1967 Short Film)
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An eight-part portrait of animal species in the different biological classes, accompanied by a different style of music. Each animation mixes drawings, pictures, real animals and animated skeletons. (9 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
 
10.
Ukradená vzducholod (1967)
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(90 mins.)
Director: Karel Zeman
 
11.
Byt (1968 Short Film)
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A nondescript man is trapped in a sinister flat, where nothing seems to obey the laws of nature. (13 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
 
12.
Picknick mit Weismann (1969 Short Film)
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Various objects are having a sunny outing together in the nature. (11 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
 
13.
Punch and Judy (1966 Short Film)
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Two puppets, Punch and Joey, do battle to the death over the custody of a live guinea pig. (10 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
 
14.
The Garden (1968 Short Film)
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Josef shows his friend Frank his garden and his rabbits. Frank is most interested in the unsettling fact that Josef's garden fence is entirely made up of living people holding hands. (17 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
 
15.
Tichý týden v dome (1971 Short Film)
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A man, apparently on the run, takes shelter in a dilapidated house. Every day, he drills a hole through a wall and looks into one of the rooms... (20 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
 
16.
Don Sajn (1971 Short Film)
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The age-old story of Don Juan, played by giant puppets. (30 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
 
17.
The Ossuary (1970 Documentary)
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A non-narrative voyage round Sedlec Ossuary, which has been constructed from over 50,000 human skeletons (victims of the Black Death). (10 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
 
18.
Na komete (1970)
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When a comet passes the earth very closely, it pulls a small part of North Africa with it. Carried along is a bunch of people... (74 mins.)
Director: Karel Zeman
 
19.
Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970)
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Inspired by fairy-tales such as Alice in Wonderland and Little Red-Riding Hood, "Valerie and her Week of Wonders" is a surreal tale in which love, fear, sex and religion merge into one fantastic world. (77 mins.)
Director: Jaromil Jires
“ 10/10 ” - Caltiki05
 
20.
Castle of Otranto (1977 Short Film)
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A mockumentary-style adaptation of the gothic 1764 novel of the same name, which includes Terry Gilliam-like animations throughout. (17 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
 
21.
Diskzokej (1980 Short Film)
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An alarm clock wakes a man who washes his face, has breakfast, drives his car to work, spins records... (10 mins.)
Director: Jirí Barta
“ 8/10 ” - Caltiki05
 
22.
Projekt (1981 Short Film)
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(6 mins.)
Director: Jirí Barta
“ 8/10 ” - Caltiki05
 
23.
Zánik domu Usheru (1982 Short Film)
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In this animated version of Edgar Allan Poe's story, a traveller arrives at the Usher mansion to find... (15 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
Stars: Petr Cepek
 
24.
The Ballad of the Green Wood (1983 Short Film)
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Cycles of life, with fantasy elements. An ax splits wood. Bits of split wood move in stop-motion; one piece has a woman's face near the top... (8 mins.)
Director: Jirí Barta
“ 8/10 ” - Caltiki05
 
25.
Do pivnice (1983 Short Film)
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A little girl goes down to the basement cellar to fetch some potatoes, and finds all her hidden fears about the cellar depicted in animated form. (15 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
 
26.
Dimensions of Dialogue (1983 Short Film)
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A three-part depiction of various forms of communication. 'Factual Discussion' depicts three heads (made up of fruit... (12 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
“ 9/10 ” - Caltiki05
 
27.
The Vanished World of Gloves (1982 Short Film)
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Using an array of gloves in different styles and from different historical periods, the film is a short history of the cinema... (16 mins.)
Director: Jirí Barta
“ 9/10 ” - Caltiki05
 
28.
Kyvadlo, jáma a nadeje (1984 Short Film)
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A horrifying, surrealist version of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum" directed by the masterful animator Jan Svankmajer. (15 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
Stars: Jan Zácek
 
29.
The Pied Piper (1986)
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The story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin with a twist. (53 mins.)
Director: Jirí Barta
“ 10/10 ” - Caltiki05
 
30.
Manly Games (1989 Short Film)
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A man sits down to watch a football match, which seems to consist of the players being violently mutilated in various inventive ways... (14 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
 
31.
Alice (1987)
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A surrealistic revision of Alice in Wonderland. (86 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
“ 7/10 ” - Caltiki05
 
32.
The Club of the Laid Off (1989 Short Film)
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Laid-off old mannequins spend their cracked and broken lives in an old, abandoned warehouse. New mannequins are brought to the warehouse... (25 mins.)
Director: Jirí Barta
“ 9/10 ” - Caltiki05
 
33.
The Last Theft (1987 Short Film)
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A sarcastic story about a thief who becomes the victim of his own victims. His victims come from the... (21 mins.)
Director: Jirí Barta
“ 10/10 ” - Caltiki05
 
34.
Darkness Light Darkness (1989 Short Film)
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A human body gradually reconstructs itself as its various component parts crowd themselves into a small room and eventually... (6 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
 
35.
Food (1993 Short Film)
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BREAKFAST: After eating breakfast, a man is transformed into an elaborate dumb-waiter-style breakfast dispenser... (17 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
 
36.
Lesson Faust (1994)
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A very free adaptation of Marlowe's 'Doctor Faustus', Goethe's 'Faust' and various other treatments... (97 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
“ 8/10 ” - Caltiki05
 
37.
Conspirators of Pleasure (1996)
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Six outwardly average individuals have elaborate fetishes they indulge with surreptitious care. A mousy... (85 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
“ 9/10 ” - Caltiki05
 
38.
Greedy Guts (2000)
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When a childless couple learn that they cannot have children, it causes great distress. To ease his wife's pain, the man finds a piece of root in the backyard and chops it and varnishes it into the shape of a child. However the woman takes the root as her baby and starts to pretend that it is real. When the root takes life they seem to have gained a child; but its appetite is much greater than a normal child. (132 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
“ 8/10 ” - Caltiki05
 
39.
Lunacy (2005)
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A man takes up residence with a mysterious marquis and is soon persuaded to enter into an asylum for preventative therapy. Things are not what they seem, and the marquis may be even more sinister than what the young man may've predicted. (118 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
“ 9/10 ” - Caltiki05
 
40.
The Garden (1995)
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Jakub's life arrived at a dead-end. He leaves his job, and gets into conflict with his father. The trouble... (99 mins.)
Director: Martin Sulík
“ 8/8 ” - Caltiki05
 
41.
Marketa Lazarová (1967)
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A minor Czech clan falls afoul of the King in medieval times, against the backdrop of Christianity replacing Paganism. (162 mins.)