DVD - 2012 | Czech
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O slavnosti a hostech: A group of happy picnickers are accosted by a group of strangers led by a bullying sadist who has an unbreakable hold over his followers. After he interrogates one of them, a stranger then invites everyone to a nonsensical, but elegant and formal banquet outdoors. A political thriller that was 'banned forever' from the Czech Republic due to satirizing unquestioning conformity.
Sedmikrasky: Two teenage girls decide that since the world is spoiled they will be spoiled as well; accordingly they embark on a series of destructive pranks in which they consume and destroy the world about them.


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May 05, 2015

The 1960s was a golden age for international cinema, which incredibly fertile periods in France, Italy, Japan, and Great Britain, to name just a few. Perhaps a little less obviously, there was a burst of interesting films from Czechoslovakia, a movement often called the "Czech New Wave." Milos Forman, who left his native country to make bigger films like "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and "Amadeus" was by the far the most famous, if not the best, director to emerge from this period and his "Fireman's Ball," "Black Peter," and "Loves of a Blonde" are his major Czech films. The always awesome Criterion collection has release a 4-disc, 6-film set called "Pearls of the Czech New Wave," which is an excellent introduction/overview to the films of this time. This volume includes the gleefully anarchic "Daisies," which is one of the most wild and fun films of the CNW and the more obscure "A Report on the Party and Guests." The latter displays the deadpan absurdism the Czechs excelled at (Kafka's from there, after all). If you're attached to strong narrative and clear meaning, you may find it frustrating, but if you like adventurous and allegorical films with a touch of Bunuel (esp. "Exterminating Angel"), this is an absorbing, unusual film. Some other Czechs films to watch: "Valerie and her Week of Wonders," "The Shop on Main Street," "Closely Watched Trains," anything by Jan Svankmajer.


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