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Marketa Lazarová (1967)

A minor Czech clan falls afoul of the King in medieval times, against the backdrop of Christianity replacing Paganism.

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Kozlík
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Nada Hejna ...
Katerina
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Jan
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Mikolás
Karel Vasicek ...
Jirí
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Adam 'One-handed'
Martin Mrazek ...
Václav
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Simon
Pavla Polaskova ...
Alexandria
Alena Pavlíková ...
Drahuse
Michal Kozuch ...
Lazar
Zdenek Lipovcan ...
Jakub
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Old Count Kristián
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Young Count Kristián
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Mikolás and his brother Adam rob travelers for their tyrannical father Kozlík. During one of their "jobs" they end up with a young German hostage whose father escapes to return news of the kidnapping and robbery to the King. Kozlik prepares for the wrath of the King, and sends Mikolás to pressure his neighbor Lazar to join him in war. Persuasion fails, and in vengeance Mikolás abducts Lazar's daughter Marketa, just as she was about to join a convent. The King, meantime, dispatches an army and the religious Lazar will be called upon to join hands against Kozlik. Stripped-down, surreal, and relentlessly grimy account of the shift from Paganism to Christianity. Written by Joyojeet Pal <joyojeet@hotmail.com>

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24 November 1967 (Czechoslovakia)  »

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Malgorzata, córka Lazarza  »

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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

In a scene where Marketa observes a reindeer in the forest, you can see a director Frantisek Vlacil in jacket in the left of the frame. He was actually trying to scare deers, because they didn't want to move. This could be seen only on some of the Blu-Ray and DVD versions. See more »

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For lovers of the later films of Sergei Paradzhanov
12 December 2000 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Set in medieval times when paganism was still strong, follows the violent exploits of a small, well off clan.

Unlike most Hollywood 'history', the film does not just put modern people in ancient times, but attempts to reconstruct the society and lifestyle. Very fluid and poetic camera work.

This is not a film for everyone.


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