Why is Czech cinema so unfailingly great?

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Are there any bad Czech films?

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Saturday, 13 December 2003 18:12 (eighteen years ago) link


, Saturday, 13 December 2003 22:17 (eighteen years ago) link


@d@ml (nordicskilla), Sunday, 14 December 2003 00:16 (eighteen years ago) link

Did you know that FAMU is a seven year program?

, Sunday, 14 December 2003 04:14 (eighteen years ago) link

No, I didn't. But still...

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Sunday, 14 December 2003 06:30 (eighteen years ago) link

Bad Czech film = Little Otik.

Moston (Moston), Saturday, 20 December 2003 16:26 (eighteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
"Why is Czech cinema so unfailingly great?" How do you mena? I don't know any.

asd, Thursday, 8 January 2004 19:06 (eighteen years ago) link

because no one has ever actually seen a Czech film to verify their outlandish claims of greatness.

just kidding.

PVC (peeveecee), Thursday, 8 January 2004 21:14 (eighteen years ago) link

Little Otik was great!

udu wudu (udu wudu), Thursday, 8 January 2004 23:02 (eighteen years ago) link

adam have you ever met a czech?

amateur!st (amateurist), Tuesday, 13 January 2004 10:06 (eighteen years ago) link

five years pass...

Ivan Passer retro has been ongoing at NYC MoMA -- I'd only seen his Jeff Bridges-John Heard character thriller Cutter's Way before.

If Intimate Lighting isn't the masterpiece of Czech new wave, i haven't seen better. Mournfully comic without being dour, affectionate and broad about the working class w/out condescension. And tho it's uneven, his Carroll O'Connor-Ernest Borgnine tragicomedy Law and Disorder is recognizably by the same guy.


Dr Morbius, Tuesday, 10 March 2009 18:10 (thirteen years ago) link

four years pass...

anyone seen this guy's stuff? Let's see if I get to more than one.


eclectic husbandry (Dr Morbius), Friday, 8 November 2013 17:54 (nine years ago) link

The Party and the Guests is very good. It, along with Diamonds Of The Night (which I have not seen), is available on DVD through Second Run in case you miss them.

Ramnaresh Samhain (ShariVari), Friday, 8 November 2013 18:05 (nine years ago) link


eclectic husbandry (Dr Morbius), Friday, 8 November 2013 18:36 (nine years ago) link

Those two are also in the Eclipse Czech New Wave set.

A Made Man In The Mellow Mafia (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 8 November 2013 22:27 (nine years ago) link

ah ok

eclectic husbandry (Dr Morbius), Friday, 8 November 2013 22:33 (nine years ago) link

Second Run have just issued a DVD of The Sun in a Net, which looks amazing:


Ward Fowler, Saturday, 9 November 2013 09:09 (nine years ago) link

i got to none of the Nemec retro btw

eclectic husbandry (Dr Morbius), Friday, 15 November 2013 15:29 (nine years ago) link

The Sun in a Net trailer is making me want to see it immediately. (hoping for some sort of cinematic release but I see riverside studios had a showing earlier this year, but nothing else)

Fizzles, Saturday, 16 November 2013 20:47 (nine years ago) link

one month passes...


Worth a watch, or is it going to be too imcomprehensible?

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 7 January 2014 00:12 (eight years ago) link

it's pretty satisfying in that it kinda is exactly what you are going for - incredibly vague, sorta steeped in interesting folky allusion, made of material that's pretty unfamiliar, or seemingly-regionally-variant of kinda similar weirdo-folk-cinema - but it isn't crucial or anything. i saw it once & thought i didn't remember it very well, just having a hazy recollection of some blearily interwoven moments, then i saw it again & realised i'd remembered it perfectly.

mustread guy (schlump), Tuesday, 7 January 2014 00:15 (eight years ago) link

Yeah I ws thinking that or the restoration of La belle et la Bete, which from the trailer looked crucial. Thanks I'll have more of a think and decide later.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 7 January 2014 00:19 (eight years ago) link

I completely love it but I am a sucker for weird, dreamy Euro folk-horror. The book is pretty good too.

Ramnaresh Samhain (ShariVari), Tuesday, 7 January 2014 00:29 (eight years ago) link

no mention of The Ear ("Ucho")? That's a classic 60's one.
There's a very good DVD collection in France edited by Malavida for those who understand CZ or can read FR subtitles: http://www.malavidafilms.com/catalogue-cinema-tcheque-32.html

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Tuesday, 7 January 2014 09:04 (eight years ago) link

I just finished writing this, when I got an email about a Jiří Menzel retrospective starting next week in my town - maybe I should negociate a night off from baby duties to go and see something - Closely Watched Trains? Or anything less obvious?

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Tuesday, 7 January 2014 09:11 (eight years ago) link

'valerie' is incredible. probably my single favorite film title, too.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Wednesday, 8 January 2014 19:09 (eight years ago) link

if you're intending to go and see La belle et la Bete at some point, xyzzzz__, let me know - wd quite like to catch it as well.

Fizzles, Saturday, 11 January 2014 19:46 (eight years ago) link

Oh hi Fizzles I went on Saturday, would've enjoyed to see it w/you.

Certainly go and catch it, think you still got a couple of weeks for that.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 14 January 2014 17:12 (eight years ago) link

two months pass...

Would love to getthis (box set of 22 CZ films 1960-1970.

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Wednesday, 26 March 2014 15:48 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

RIP Jan Nemec: http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/czech-filmmaker-jan-nemec-dies-79-37772453

JoeStork, Saturday, 19 March 2016 17:52 (six years ago) link

Damn, the Party and the Guests is so great.

emil.y, Saturday, 19 March 2016 18:01 (six years ago) link

Yes it is.


xyzzzz__, Saturday, 19 March 2016 18:13 (six years ago) link

one year passes...

Out of the New Wave ones I've seen, I think I like The Joke best of all. It's both pretty unflinching about the horrors of Stalinism but also makes its protagonist such a grouchy, unlikeable jerk and his plot to get revenge so petty that it prevents the film from becoming sentimental or propagandistic about it. That scene where an old friend tells him "I got expelled too, and I didn't turn out like you, your problem is you just hate people" is so funny and relateable.

What little I've read of Kundera's subsequent prose makes me suspect he got up his own arse very quickly but here the sex comedy stuff really works, imo.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 14 July 2017 11:07 (five years ago) link

two weeks pass...

I don't remember seeing Forman's Loves of a Blonde before. Near-great comedy about getting laid and the inevitable postcoital letdown.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 3 August 2017 14:40 (five years ago) link

Big favourite of Ken Loach's

Bernie Lugg (Ward Fowler), Thursday, 3 August 2017 14:55 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

most of these never show in NY, let alone the USA


a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 11 April 2019 14:34 (three years ago) link

There was a smaller Ester Krumbachová season and exhibition at the CCA in Glasgow at the start of the year, with some nice pieces from Krumbachová's archive. Excuse the indulgence, but here a couple of pictures I took:


Some of the Chytilovas have made it onto disc from the excellent Second Run label, but there are definitely some tantalizing obscurities in that bam season. You will have to go to them all on our behalf, Dr M.

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 11 April 2019 18:22 (three years ago) link

four weeks pass...
eight months pass...

Anyone ever seen the HBO film Stalin that Ivan Passer did with Robert Duvall?

His NYT obit today ends describing the 1991 wrap party... in MOSCOW... during which news of the dissolution of the Soviet Union came.


a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 17:14 (two years ago) link

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