The best of Czech cinema

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1.
The Ear (1970)
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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
 
2.
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
 
3.
The Firemen's Ball (1967)
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The volunteer fire department in a small town is having a big party when the ex-boss of the department celebrates his 86th birthday... (73 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
 
4.
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
 
5.
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
 
6.
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
 
7.
Cremator (1969)
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Set in World War II, a demented cremator believes cremation relieves earthly suffering and sets out to save the world. (95 mins.)
Director: Juraj Herz
 
8.
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
 
9.
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
 
10.
Shortcuts (1981)
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An evocation of the childhood memories of Bohumil Hrabal in his provincial town of Nymburk, dominated by the local brewery. (93 mins.)
Director: Jirí Menzel
 
11.
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
 
12.
Hogo fogo Homolka (1971)
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The Homolka family celebrates a great occasion: they were finally able to buy a car. They immediately begin to drive for small trips to Hradcany... (78 mins.)
 
13.
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. (78 mins.)
Director: Karel Kachyna
 
14.
Na samote u lesa (1976)
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The Lavicka's, a Czech family from the city, rents a house in the country with the option to buy. However, old Mr Komarek seems reluctant to sell the house as they agreed. (95 mins.)
Director: Jirí Menzel
 
15.
Slavnosti snezenek (1984)
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(83 mins.)
Director: Jirí Menzel
 
16.
Behold Homolka (1970)
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It is a beautiful Sunday and the Homolka family are having a picnic in a forest not far from Prague... (83 mins.)
 
17.
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
 
18.
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.)
 
19.
Svetáci (1969)
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Skopec, Prouza, Petrtýl are three country plasterers who are working on the renovation of houses in Prague... (98 mins.)
 
20.
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
 
21.
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
 
22.
Alice (1987)
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A surrealistic revision of Alice in Wonderland. (86 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
 
23.
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.)
 
24.
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... (95 mins.)
Director: Oldrich Lipský
 
25.
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
 
26.
Daisies (1966)
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Two girls try to understand the meaning of the world and their life. (74 mins.)
Director: Vera Chytilová
 
27.
Dobrý voják Svejk (1957)
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Mrs Müllerova (E. Svobodova) informs her tenant Svejk (R. Hrusinsky) about the recent assassination of Archduke Ferdinand... (108 mins.)
Director: Karel Steklý
 
28.
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
 
29.
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
 
30.
Sekal Has to Die (1998)
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Baran, a protestant blacksmith arrives in the little village of Lakotice to kill Sekal, a cruel Nazi collaborator. (109 mins.)
 
31.
Sunday League - Pepik Hnatek's Final Match (2012)
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The film Sunday League is set just before the beginning of the TV series Okresni prebor). The film's... (104 mins.)