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New Yorker Frank (Hynek Cermak) gains an ancient family residence - the Kostka castle, thanks to his aristocratic ancestors. After more than forty years, the descendant of Czech emigrants is ready to return to Bohemia (Czech Republic) with his daughter Marie (Yvona Stolarova) and a vivacious wife Vivien (Tatiana Vilhelmova). These new aristocrats are unacquainted of the local conditions and Czech reality. They only know their former homeland and the life there from ancient stories told by their relatives. Matters related to the return of property are handled by attorney Benda (Vojtech Kotek). As soon as the family arrives, they...

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2020, New Czech Films -

Finally! That’s the word, that came first to my mind after watching this Czech fairytale. Finally Czech Television brought to screen a splendid fairytale story. After a long line of unsuccessful or average fairy tales, presented during Christmas, a real jewel came out that pleased many viewers. Yes, there are things that could be improved as music and so on, but all in all it is simply more than a good fairy tale. And this is especially appreciated in the late decline of Czech fairy tales! Honza kills a dragon and gets a princess and a half of a kingdom....

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2020, Czech Film History, New releases -

A fantastic horror film The Arrival from the Darkness and an action drama The Poisoned Light belong to the most significant works of the Czech silent film cinematography. Both films are excellent examples of contemporary film techniques and adaptations, which were popular in European and Hollywood production. Prichozi z temnot/Redivivus/The Arrival from the Darkness (unofficial title) It is an incredibly interesting work, which deserves your attention for many different reasons. Today's audience has of course completely different point of view than the audience from the beginning of 20th century. For today’s viewer this film must give an impression of funny and naive,...

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The Watchmaker's Apprentice Above the craddle of a new born boy Urban stood three spirits, who predict his destiny: two good spirits talk about richness and love, but evil spirit predicts poorness and never-ending troubles.  Which prophecy will prevail? Urban soon becomes an orphan. Greedy watchmaker takes care of him and makes him his apprentice. When Urban’s grown up, he falls in love with watchmaker’s daughter Laura and their wedding is fast approaching. The master therefore sends his apprentice into the world with a quest to seek a legendary clock watch, which can warn its user about approaching death. But...

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2020, New releases -

Deti noci - Night Owls  Ofka (Martha Issova) has a strange lethargy: while most of her high school classmates continue their studies, she refuses to abandon the delusive comfort of childhood, which is quickly becoming a stifling trap. She is a saleswoman in a 24-hour shop, which is owned by her brother-in-law Eda (David Novotny). She sees wasted fates of regular and casual customers and those of her old friends who, like her, live only at night. Occasionally she visits friends, drinking alcohol in a Vltava port. She wanders through the streets with a strange man, Ubr (Jiri Madl), who digs...

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