Czech New Wave

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Jiří Menzel’s Capricious Summer of 1968 follows three middle-aged men whose mellow summer is interrupted by the arrival of a circus performer and his beautiful assistant. Věra Chytilová’s Daisies of 1966 is an aesthetically and politically adventurous film that’s widely considered one of the great works of feminist cinema. Jaromil Jireš’ Valerie and Her Week of Wonders serves up an endlessly looping, nonlinear fairy tale, set in a quasi-medieval landscape, tracking a girl on the verge of womanhood. Diamonds of the Night is Jan Němec’s tense Czech New Wave drama following the tense and desperate journey of two teenage boys who are trying to stay alive after escaping from a German train bound for a Nazi concentration camp during World War II. Herz Juraj‘s Morgiana from 1972 is a saga set in the 19th Century about two warring sisters. Frantisek Vlacil‘s classic, Marketa Lazarova has been voted the best Czech film of all time and is considered by many as a hugely important work in world cinema.

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