Czech and Slovak Cinema

Czech, Slovak, or Czechoslovak movies that I've seen, enjoyed, and think others would enjoy
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1.
Closely Watched Trains (1966)
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An apprentice train dispatcher at a village station seeks his first sexual encounter and becomes despondent when he is unable to perform. (93 mins.)
Director: Jirí Menzel
“ Featuring Masha, one of the coolest girlfriends in movie history ” - PsychoDingo
 
2.
Happy End (1967)
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A dark comedy about a murder and its consequences presented in a backwards manner, where death is actually a rebirth... (71 mins.)
Director: Oldrich Lipský
“ Quite possibly the most brilliantly constructed film you will ever see. ” - PsychoDingo
 
3.
Lemonade Joe (1964)
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Straight shooting Lemonade Joe cleans up Stetson City, in this musical parody of early Westerns, after shooting the pants off villain Old Pistol... (98 mins.)
Director: Oldrich Lipský
“ Czech spoof of an American western, set in Arizona. ” - PsychoDingo
 
4.
Carriage to Vienna (1966)
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A WW2 story of a young Austrian soldier running from the Russian army and a woman whom he forces to come along in order to save his wounded mate. (115 mins.)
Director: Karel Kachyna
“ The title sounds elegant, but the movie is dark and gritty. ” - PsychoDingo
 
5.
The Ear (1990)
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Husband (senior ministry official) and wife find their house is riddled with listening devices put there by his own ministry... (94 mins.)
Director: Karel Kachyna
“ A more fun movie about communist spying would be hard to come by. ” - PsychoDingo
 
6.
Birds, Orphans and Fools (1969)
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Three adolescent war orphans seclude themselves in an anarchic and playful existence of denial and juvenile joy. (78 mins.)
Director: Juraj Jakubisko
“ actually starts to makes sense in the second half ” - PsychoDingo
 
7.
Romeo, Julie a tma (1960)
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Pavel, a young student living in Prague in 1942, hides a Jewish girl in his apartment building's attic... (92 mins.)
Director: Jirí Weiss
“ hiding a Jewish girl in an apartment complex during nazi occupation ” - PsychoDingo
 
8.
The Cremator (1969)
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Follows a demented cremator during the brink of WWII, who believes cremation relieves earthly suffering and sets out to save the world. (95 mins.)
Director: Juraj Herz
 
9.
Morgiana (1972)
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Klara and Viktoria are sisters. Their father dies, leaving most of his property to Klara. When Klara becomes involved with a man that her sister loves, Viktoria begins to plot her murder. (100 mins.)
Director: Juraj Herz
“ Atmosphere, drama, big hair, makeup, psychedelia, and a cat ” - PsychoDingo
 
10.
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
“ dreamlike tale of a girl on her first period ” - PsychoDingo
 
11.
Adelheid (1970)
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In the aftermath of World War II, a former Czech soldier takes charge of a manor formerly owned by a German family... (99 mins.)
“ Masterful photographic composition ” - PsychoDingo
 
12.
Long Live the Republic (1965)
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It is the spring 1945 and the front line is getting closer to the small Moravian village of Nesovice... (134 mins.)
Director: Karel Kachyna
 
13.
The Shop on Main Street (1965)
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Slovakia during WW2. Tono lives a poor life, but the authorities offer him to take over the Jewish widow Lautman's little shop for sewing material... (128 mins.)
 
14.
The Firemen's Ball (1967)
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The fire department in a small town is having a big party when the ex-boss of the department celebrates his 86th birthday... (71 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
 
15.
The Loves of a Blonde (1965)
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A factory manager in rural Czechoslovakia bargains with the army to send men to the area, to boost the morale of his young female workers... (90 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
“ romance of the young and naive ” - PsychoDingo
 
16.
Fruit of Paradise (1970)
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An experimental retelling of the story of Adam and Eve which then progresses into an allegorical depiction of loss of innocence. (99 mins.)
Director: Vera Chytilová
“ utterly unique example of Czech cinema as high art ” - PsychoDingo
 
17.
Daisies (1966)
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Two girls try to understand the meaning of the world and their life. (74 mins.)
Director: Vera Chytilová
“ can I get a WTF? ” - PsychoDingo
 
18.
Diamonds of the Night (1964)
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Diamonds in the night is the tense, brutal story of two Jewish boys who escape from a train transporting them from one concentration camp to another... (63 mins.)
Director: Jan Nemec
“ young Jewish guys running in the mountains to escape nazis ” - PsychoDingo
 
19.
Valley of the Bees (1968)
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Ondrej, a young boy who loves bees and bats, is introduced to his new mother, a woman much younger than his father... (97 mins.)
“ medieval drama pitting a rural manor against Christian knights ” - PsychoDingo
 
20.
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.)
 
21.
Larks on a String (1990)
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Set in the late 1940s, the film concerns the treatment of suspect "bourgeois elements", a professor, a saxophonist, and a milkman, who are put to work in a junkyard for rehabilitation. (94 mins.)
Director: Jirí Menzel
“ scrap yard romance + all out critical assault of communist takeover ” - PsychoDingo
 
22.
I Served the King of England (2006)
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A look at the glamorous life at an old-world Prague hotel. (113 mins.)
Director: Jirí Menzel
“ This is simply an erotic, darkly-comic, dramatic, history, restaurant movie verging on tragedy. ” - PsychoDingo
 
23.
Dark Blue World (2001)
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The friendship of two men becomes tested when they both fall for the same woman. (112 mins.)
Director: Jan Sverák
“ It's a war movie, a romance, a comedy, a tragedy, and a fairly accurate historical account of Czechoslovak airmen flying in Britain's Royal Air Force ” - PsychoDingo
 
24.
All My Compatriots (1969)
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Various scenes in the life of a tight-knit community in Czechoslovakia exploring the human spirit in the backdrop of the political changes that they experience. (114 mins.)
Director: Vojtech Jasný
“ Communism vs. Rural Agrarian Village ” - PsychoDingo
 
25.
When the Cat Comes (1963)
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Some people with a strange cat arrive in a small village. The cat wears glasses, and when someone takes them off... (91 mins.)
Director: Vojtech Jasný
“ A magic cat shows people's true colors, complete with old school special effects. ” - PsychoDingo
 
26.
Case for a Rookie Hangman (1970)
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Lemuel Gulliver (Lubomír Kostelka) has had a car accident and continues his journey across the unknown countryside on foot... (102 mins.)
Director: Pavel Jurácek
“ This movie is out there...WAY OUT THERE...heavy surrealism to be sure ” - PsychoDingo
 
27.
The Fabulous 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
“ Baron Munchausen presented as a mix of live action and animation with some old school special effects ” - PsychoDingo
 
28.
Audition (1964 Documentary)
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Two closely related episodes. Youths make problems for two local orchestras about to compete nationally, and in a talent competition a young girl gets stage fright, while another lies to her boss to compete. (47 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
“ This "feature" film is actually two shorts, both about musical performances ” - PsychoDingo
 
29.
Jára Cimrman Lying, Sleeping (1983)
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Czechoslovak comedy film about the fictional national hero Jára Cimrman (universal genius, inventor, sportsman, criminalist, poet, writer and philosopher). (81 mins.)
“ Jára Cimrman, a legendary character who was coincidentally quite helpful. ” - PsychoDingo
 
30.
Autumn Spring (2001)
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Terminal prankster Frantisek Hána refuses to grow up and take certain responsibilities, despite his wife Emilie's constant badgering to do so... (100 mins.)
 
31.
Divided We Fall (2000)
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In Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia, a childless couple agree to hide a Jewish friend at great personal risk of discovery and execution. (120 mins.)
Director: Jan Hrebejk
“ life during the nazi occupation ” - PsychoDingo
 
32.
Zelary (2003)
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A nurse and her surgeon-lover are part of a resistance movement in 1940s Czechoslovakia. When they are discovered... (150 mins.)
Director: Ondrej Trojan
“ big city woman hides out in small village during WWII ” - PsychoDingo
 
33.
And Give My Love to the Swallows (1972)
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Towards the end of 1942 a young prisoner Maruska (Magda Vásáryová) awaits in her cell in prison in Breslau (after war Polish Wroclaw) her execution... (90 mins.)
Director: Jaromil Jires
“ prison film that inspires empathy and compassion for the convicted ” - PsychoDingo
 
34.
A Report on the Party and the Guests (1966)
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A small group of adult bourgeois friends are on a day outing in the country, that outing which includes having a picnic... (71 mins.)
Director: Jan Nemec
“ This is a collection of metaphors that must to be untangled before the film will make much sense ” - PsychoDingo
 
35.
The Devil's Trap (1962)
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(85 mins.)
“ feudal lord and priest team up to crush a free man ” - PsychoDingo
 
36.
Witchhammer (1970)
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A very popular movie on the medieval persecution of witches (inquisition). (103 mins.)
Director: Otakar Vávra
“ witch hunting: not just for Massachusetts anymore ” - PsychoDingo
 
37.
Black Peter (1964)
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Reality movie of a few days in the life of a Czechoslovak teenager when he starts work. (85 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
 
38.
Cosy Dens (1999)
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Two families, Sebkovi and Krausovi, are celebrating christmas, but not everyone is in a good mood. Teenage kids think their fathers are totaly stupid... (115 mins.)
Director: Jan Hrebejk
“ families gather at Christmas and hilarity ensues ” - PsychoDingo
 
39.
...and the Fifth Horseman Is Fear (1965)
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A Jewish doctor in Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia risks his life and attempts to regain his identity by assisting a wounded political fugitive. (100 mins.)
Director: Zbynek Brynych
“ those don't look like nazis...and they're not ” - PsychoDingo
 
40.
The Fabulous World of Jules Verne (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
“ animation meets live action for sci-fi adventure ” - PsychoDingo
 
41.
The Joke (1969)
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In the 1950's, Ludvik Jahn was expelled from the Communist Party and the University by his fellow students... (80 mins.)
Director: Jaromil Jires
“ having to explain one's jokes is never a good thing ” - PsychoDingo
 
42.
My Sweet Little Village (1985)
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Comedy about the people who inhabit a small town. For years the overbearing Pavek has endured Otik,... (98 mins.)
Director: Jirí Menzel
 
43.
Accumulator 1 (1994)
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In this movie, TV sets are full of life. If a person is in TV (e.g. because it was filmed on the street) it has a double that's right in the TV set... (102 mins.)
Director: Jan Sverák
“ before there was Pleasantville... ” - PsychoDingo
 
44.
Kolya (1996)
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Franta Louka is a concert cellist in Soviet-occupied Czechoslovakia, a confirmed bachelor and a lady's man... (105 mins.)
Director: Jan Sverák
“ older man gets stuck with a kid that isn't his ” - PsychoDingo
 
45.
Prace (1960)
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A young Czech boy is freed from a concentration camp and ends up working for the army against the Germans. (84 mins.)
Director: Karel Kachyna
“ young boy joins the army ” - PsychoDingo
 
46.
You Are a Widow, Sir! (1971)
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After a soldier cuts off the arm of king's cousin, king decides to deactivate the army. Of course, generals... (97 mins.)
“ making paradox possible ” - PsychoDingo
 
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48.
The Three Veterans (1984)
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Three veterans are given magic artifacts by elves that can magically create gold, servants and any other object. They encounter greedy characters and one of them falls in love with a princess. (96 mins.)
Director: Oldrich Lipský
 
49.
Mandragora (1997)
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(126 mins.)
Director: Wiktor Grodecki
“ teenage male prostitutes in Prague (graphic and disturbing) ” - PsychoDingo
 
50.
The Nun's Night (1967)
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One day of autumn 1950, during the forced collectivization, the farmers lead their cattle into the common stables of the new cooperative... (90 mins.)
Director: Karel Kachyna
 
51.
Bláznova kronika (1964)
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(82 mins.)
Director: Karel Zeman
“ not entirely unlike Robin Hood ” - PsychoDingo
 
52.
The Merry Wives (1939)
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A morally questionable lord comes to the aid of a working class man who is to be executed for speaking out about thieving rich scoundrels sticking it to the poor (85 mins.)
Director: Otakar Vávra
“ infamous lord stands up for common men and lays down with privileged women ” - PsychoDingo
 
53.
A Journey to the Beginning of Time (1955)
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For Czech version: Youngest of four boys one day finds a fossil of trilobite. So his older friend take him on journey through prehistory, up to beginning of time, to see real live trilobites. (93 mins.)
“ Land of the Lost for smart kids, 19 years before Land of the Lost actually existed ” - PsychoDingo
 
54.
The Golden Fern (1963)
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Czech fairy tale about a shepherd who finds a golden fern with magical powers. He can ensure his continued happiness if he does the right thing, but will he? (115 mins.)
Director: Jirí Weiss
“ Czech fairy tale ” - PsychoDingo
 
55.
Calamity (1982)
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Funny banter about love, sex, social status, and other ideals, while a new railway employee is trained and sent on his first run as driver (96 mins.)
Director: Vera Chytilová
 
56.
Empties (2007)
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A comic love story about a man who refuses to accept that old age is empty of love, meaning and value to society. (104 mins.)
Director: Jan Sverák
 
57.
Dita Saxová (1968)
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A beautiful, underachieving, 18 year old orphan considers various suitors, ponders philosophy, and takes a young girl under her wing. (103 mins.)
 
58.
Against All (1958)
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(112 mins.)
Director: Otakar Vávra