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Ovoce stromu rajských jíme (1970)

An experimental retelling of the story of Adam and Eve which then progresses into an allegorical depiction of loss of innocence.

Director:

Vera Chytilová

Writers:

Vera Chytilová (dialogue), Ester Krumbachová
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jitka Nováková Jitka Nováková ... Eva (as Jitka Novákova)
Karel Novak Karel Novak ... Josef
Jan Schmid ... Robert
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Storyline

In the garden of a pension, Eva and her husband Josef are enjoying a siesta. Here, they meet with the lonesome, mysterious-looking Robert. During play, a key falls out of Robert's pocket. The curious Eva picks it up and sets off on an expedition. In Robert's room, she finds a briefcase soiled with mud, which Robert had forgotten by her parsley patch before, and in it, a date-stamp. Soon afterwards, she learns that another victim of an unknown murderer of women has been found, with a number and date stamped on her forehead. Eva concludes that the murderer must be Robert. Written by NFA.cz

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Country:

Czechoslovakia | Belgium

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

31 July 1970 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

Also Known As:

A paradicsomi fák gyümölcsét esszük See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Iva Janzurová was considered for the part in the film, eventually played by Jitka Nováková. See more »

Quotes

Choir: [repeatedly] Tell me the truth!
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Even more bizarre than "Daisies"!
25 July 2006 | by NateManDSee all my reviews

"The Fruit of Paradise" is a breathtaking experimental film from Vera Chytilova. Well known for her surreal feminist comedy "Daisies" (1966), Chytlova uses many of the same hallucinatory camera tricks for "The Fruit of Paradise". I used to think that the film "Begotten" was original until I saw the "Fruit of Paradise". The film's first 15 minutes is highly psychedelic as it tells the story of creation. There are layers of image on top of image with fast camera cuts. The film almost made my head spin with it's fast pace, use of color and bizarre experimental sound effects. Then it breaks out into a song about Adam & Eve, which is hauntingly catchy. Now if only I could learn Czech. Then the story of Adam and Eve goes to a modern setting. The devil is portrayed as creepy man of middle age; a persistent stalker and serial killer of women. Eva and her boyfriend go on vacation to a health spa, where they encounter temptation. The devil gets Eva to eat the forbidden fruit. Then the film becomes very comical throughout, as the Devil chases adorable Eva everywhere she goes. Very deep, surreal and philosophical, "The Fruit of Paradise" is another underrated masterpiece to Czech out! This lost classic is finally available at www.facets.org or Amazon.com if you want to save money.


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