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Marketa Lazarová – The greatest Czech film of all time

Marketa Lazarová is a 1967 Czechoslovak historical film directed by František Vláčil. It is an adaptation of a novel of the same name by Vladislav Vančura. Although, it is my understanding that it is not a particularly close representation of the book, but rather draws heavily on one small aspect and expands this into a film. I’ve leaned heavily on […]

The Valley of the Bees – František Vláčil tells a tale of obsessive horror.

In a survey of Czech film critics held in 1998  František Vláčil‘s film Marketa Lazarova (I’ll be watching this in the next 8 days)  as teh best Czech film ever made and its director recieved a lifetime achievement awarded at the Karlovy Vary film festival in the same year. Údolí včel (The Valley of the Bees) was […]