Friday, May 9

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Marketa Lazarová

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(1967) dir František Vláčil w/Josef Kemr, Magda Vasaryova, Nada Hejna [165 min]
In its native land, František Vláčil’s MARKETA LAZAROVA has been hailed as the greatest Czech film ever made; for many U.S. viewers, it will be a revelation. Based on a novel by Vladislav Vančura, this stirring and poetic depiction of a feud between two rival medieval clans is a fierce, epic, and meticulously designed evocation of the clashes between Christianity and paganism, humankind and nature, love and violence. Vláčil’s approach was to re-create the textures and mentalities of a long-ago way of life, rather than to make a conventional historical drama, and the result is dazzling. With its inventive widescreen cinematography, editing, and sound design, MARKETA LAZAROVA is an experimental action film. – The Criterion Collection

“One of central European cinema’s major masterpieces.” –Michael Brooke, Sight and Sound

“As ‘pure cinema,’ it’s stark, daring and often astoundingly dynamic.” – Time Out

“Sumptuously black and white, Marketa Lazarová unfurls in widescreen panorama, accompanied by the music of keening chorales, tolling bells, and a constant, subliminal muttering. The resulting art-house spectacular owes something to the stark medieval mise-en-scène of Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal and somewhat more to the ferocious sweep of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai.” – J. Hoberman, The New York Review of Books

“The iconography recalls Eisenstein’s Ivan the Terrible, Bergman’s The Seventh Seal, and Kurosawa’s The Hidden Fortress.” – Ted Shen, Chicago Reader


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