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Witchhammer (1970)
"Kladivo na carodejnice" (original title)

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A very popular movie on the medieval persecution of witches (inquisition).

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Vladimír Smeral ...
Boblig
Elo Romancik ...
Lautner
Josef Kemr ...
Ignác
Sona Valentová ...
Zuzana
Blanka Waleská ...
Countess de Galle
Lola Skrbková ...
Maryna
Jirina Stepnicková ...
Dorota Groerová
Marie Nademlejnská ...
Davidka
Miriam Kantorková ...
Tobiásová
Eduard Cupák ...
Parish Priest Schmidt
Martin Ruzek ...
Bishop
Cestmír Randa ...
Winkler
Ilja Prachar ...
Reeve
Gustav Opocenský ...
Secretary
Václav Lohniský ...
Monk
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A very popular movie on the medieval persecution of witches (inquisition).

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Bleak, dark and allegorical
7 June 2013 | by (Czech Republic) – See all my reviews

While the setting and the historical source of the movie is that of the late 17th century, don't be fooled, this is a movie about communism. More accurately, about the wretched logic the communist justice system has used to imprison and kill hundreds of people in the Czechoslovakian 50s. The forced confessions, self-accusal, torture and naming of innocent accomplices were all part of communist processes in which such as Milada Horáková perished.

There are plenty of analogies in the movie which I don't intend to spoil. The atmosphere is crafted masterfully, giving the film a bleak and dark look and amplifying the effects of its story. The performances are very good, however I don't know how well does the original czech translate into the subtitles. What keeps this from being a 10 out of 10 is the pacing. In a certain point of the movie, the end becomes obvious and the rest is just a hammer that drives the nail of absolute despair into your brain.


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