Seven seemingly unconnected fairy tales - glued together only by folklore, mood, color and light - make up this Czech collection of visual poetry. The original piece of literature, written ...
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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. Joe's endorsement of Kolaloka (Crazy Cola) ... See full summary »
A nurse and her surgeon-lover are part of a resistance movement in 1940s Czechoslovakia. When they are discovered, her lover flees and she must find a place to hide. A patient whose life ... See full summary »
When the famous detective Nick Carter visits Prague, he becomes involved in strange case of a missing dog and even stranger carnivorous plant. He becomes convinced that he is standing ... See full summary »
Rudolph II, the Holy Roman Emperor, does not have a simple life. And yet he manages to complicate it even more with his frequent outbursts of anger. While he searches for a mythical Golem, ... See full summary »
A selfish self-centered widowed ruler, barely tolerated by his subjects and called appropriately enough, 'King Myself, First' asks his three daughters to name the measure of their love for ... See full summary »
The film is based on the book of the same title (A Sanguinary Novel) by the very individual Czech painter, typographer, author and philosopher Josef Vachal, who squeezed adventure, love, ... See full summary »
A historic mega-film, one family saga, three generations (1887 -1917) assimilated to the bee community in the hive. The queen bee serves as a big mother that symbolizes the family and ... See full summary »
In 1897, in a castle near the town of Werewolfville in the Carpathians, a slightly deranged Professor Orfanik experiments with his new inventions which include, even at this early date, television and a film camera.
Kopfrkingl enjoys his job at a crematorium in Czechoslovakia in the late 1930s. He likes reading the Tibetan book of the dead, and espouses the view that cremation relieves earthly ... See full summary »
Seven seemingly unconnected fairy tales - glued together only by folklore, mood, color and light - make up this Czech collection of visual poetry. The original piece of literature, written by Karel Jaromír Erben in 1853, contained twelve tales. Written by
I'd been looking forward to seeing this film. Everyone'd been telling me how wonderful it was and that I should see it. Maybe you ought to bear that in mind when reading that I was greatly underwhelmed by this film. I felt it tried desperately to be more than it was. Unfortunately, the classic Czech book on which it's based blows it out of the water. Perhaps I was tired of all the young female characters behaving like idiots and the old female characters behaving reprehensibly. Perhaps it was the flimsy linking device-a cute child shrilly piping away on a tin whistle. That brat popped up often enough to get a groan out of the audience. I can say one, and only one thing, to recommend this film. It was filmed beautifully. However,the cinematography can't carry the whole show. If you're looking for good Czech (or Central European) films, I'd recommend Pelisky, Je Treba Zabit Sekala, Closely Watched Trains, Pytlakova Schovanka or Krvavy Roman. The list could go on.
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