Films in the Czech language
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No Image for CLOSELY OBSERVED TRAINS
CertificationPG Our Rating
During the German Occupation a young trainee railway guard at a remote country station desperately tries to lose his virginity. He finally succeeds with the station master's wife. Satiric, anti-heroic, humorous and balanced tragi-comedy. Generally considered the finest Czech new wave film. find out more...
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Certification12 Our Rating
Filip Remunda and Vit Klusak are film students who hit on the genius plan to create a fictitious hyper market that sells everything for a bargain, and in doing so outline peoples gullibility and predilection towards capitalist consumerism. What these two slightly naïve young men hadn't expected was the immense turn out for their non existent shop and the murderous wrath their ‘hoax' induced in the expectant consumer, a post communist people who'd embraced consumerism to their bosom like a long l find out more...
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DAISIES (1966)
Certification15 Our Rating
The wonderful people over at Second Run DVD have released another hidden gem: 'Daisies' (Sedmikrasky), originally made in 1966 by Vera Chytilova, who has since been called 'the first lady of Czech cinema' and whose efforts also earnt her a screening at the First International Festival of Women's Films in New York in 1972. find out more...
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Certification12 Our Rating
A story set around Czech pilots who flew under the banner of the RAF during the second world war this a visually lush and striking film, though the story itself relies rather too heavily on melodrama, providing as it does a picture of cinematic heroism and love lost that firmly shuns any threat of originality. Dark blue World is by the same director as Kolya and though by no means a bad film it stills leaves you slightly disappointed that he did not do more with the subject he had chosen. find out more...
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CertificationPG Our Rating
Like 'Life is Beautiful' the film successfully manages a comic take on the horrors of WW2. In a small Nazi-occupied Czech town childless Josef and his wife Marie hide Jewish ex-boss David in their small flat whilst coping with the unwanted friendship of ex-employee and collaborator Horst. Brilliant, bizarre, and very dark. find out more...
No Image for I SERVED THE KING OF ENGLAND
Certification15 Our Rating
Young provincial waiter Jan Dite may be short in height but his aspirations are lofty, he is determined to become a millionaire and he knows just how to do it. Continually watching and listening to his superiors and his high-flying, big-spending customers, Jan learns how to succeed by pleasing others. Based on the novel by Czech author Bohumit Hrabal, and directed by the Academy Award winning maker of ‘Closely Observed Trains', 'I Served The King' is a beguiling comedy about opportunism, identit find out more...
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CertificationPG Our Rating

A mission deep into space in the year 2163 becomes a perilous struggle against insanity when the crew become infected by a malignant dark star. Jindrich Polák's pioneering and much-imitated feature is one of the cornerstones of contemporary sci-fi cinema. Adapted from Stanislaw Lem's 1955 novel The Magellanic Cloud, and predating Gene Rodenberry's Star Trek and Kubrick's 2001. Ikarie XB-1's influence can be seen on both and on almost every other science-fiction film that has followed.& find out more...

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CertificationPG Our Rating
Award-winning comedy (American National Society of Film Critics) revealing the hilarious lifestyles of the residents in a small country town. Brilliantly photographed by cinematographers Josef Strecha and Miroslav Ondricek , this spirited farce is never timid, never afraid to reach for the outlandish or sublime. With stunning performances and an unforgettable ending, director Ivan Passer wonderfully illustrates how the simple life can often lead to the absurd. find out more...
No Image for JAN SVANKMAJER: THE COMPLETE SHORT FILMS
Certification12 Our Rating
The man's a genius. Watch his films. That is an order. On this disc are: find out more...
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Certification12 Our Rating
The Castle of Otranto (1979); The Fall of the House of Usher (1980); Dimensions of Dialogue (1982); Down to the Cellar (1983); The Pendulum, The Pit and Hope (1983); Virile Games (1988); Another Kind of Love (1988); Meat Love (1988); Darkness-Light-Darkness (1989); Flora (1989); The Death of Stalinism in Bohemia (1990); Food (1992). find out more...
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KOLYA (1996)
Certification12 Our Rating
Winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, 1997, this charming Czechoslovakian comedy-drama features the most edibly adorable child star ever in Andrej Chaliman as five year old Kolya. Abandoned after his love-struck mother flees to Germany, Kolya is left at the mercy of confirmed bachelor and child-phobic cellist Louka, who's foolishly entwined himself in a marriage of convenience with the kid's mum. The political background, while necessary, never becomes too bogged-down, and indeed provides t find out more...
No Image for LARKS ON A STRING
Certification15 Our Rating

Set in the late 1940s, the film concerns the treatment of suspect "bourgeois elements", a professor, a saxophonist, and a milkman, who are put to work in a junkyard for rehabilitation. 

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Certification15 Our Rating
A childless couple ‘adopt' a tree stump that resembles a small boy and the wife's desperately needy love transforms the inanimate into the living. Unfortunately little Otik's appetite is considerably more advanced than the average baby and soon the adorable little chunk of wood is devouring the neighbourhood. Adapted from a Czech folk tale, Little Otik is a deliciously dark and imaginative film. find out more...
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Certification18 Our Rating
A 16-year-old boy with an angelic face and a freshly stolen jacket arrives at the main train station in Prague. He's immediately spotted by a man named Honza, who asks him if he wants to earn some quick cash. The boy is too naïve to realise that he's being set up as a prostitute. Honza drugs him and delivers him to his first trick. The boy wakes in the room of a homosexual client who has just had sex with him. Shaken, he takes his payment from the man and returns to the train station where Honza find out more...
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Certification12 Our Rating

Eugene leads a double life, one real, the other in his dreams. In real life he has a wife called Milada; in his dreams he has a young girlfriend called Eugenia. Sensing that these dreams have some deeper meaning, he goes to see a psychoanalyst, Dr. Holubova, who interprets them for him, with the help of some argumentative psychoanalytical griping from the animated heads of Freud and Jung. Another deliciously surrealist, madca find out more...

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Certification15 Our Rating
Kopfrkingl enjoys running the local crematorium, where he tends the ovens, looks after his personal hygiene, reads the Tibetan Book of the Dead and liberates the souls of the departed. But this is the late 1930s and the Nazis are knocking on the gates.
A gothic comedy horror from the Czech New Wave. find out more...
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Certification15 Our Rating
A key film from the Czech New Wave cinema of the mid-'60s. In Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, a lowly carpenter becomes the 'Aryan comptroller' of a stone-deaf old Jewish lady's shop and is caught twixt self-interest and affection for her. An Oscar winning well acted and crafted political tragedy. find out more...
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CertificationPG Our Rating

Second Run DVD present a unique double bill of two early works now regarded as two of the main precursors of the Czechoslovak New Wave. The White Dove is the bold and striking debut feature of master filmmaker Frantisek Vlácil (Marketa Lazarova; The Valley of the Bees). It is a sparse, elegantly composed and stunningly beautiful tale of a wheelchair-bound boy and an artist who inadvertently intercept a homing pigeon and nurse it back to health. Josef Kilián is a dark and absurdl find out more...