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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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2019, Czech Film History -

Erotikon closes director Machaty's extraordinarily intense creative period of 1926-1929, when he managed to finish three high-quality films. The attractive "international" name of the movie and international cast, led by experienced Olaf Fjord and 21-year-old Ita Rina, who were brought from Berlin by the director, were supposed to support a planned appreciation of Erotikon abroad. However, the most significant contribution to the film's future success was the talented cameraman Vaclav Vich, who was able to fulfill Machaty's demanding vision of the visual form of the work.  The premiere took place in Carlsbad (Karlovy Vary). The Prague premiere was on January...

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2019, Czech Film History -

At the beginning of the sound films era, Gustav Machaty was certain that he appeared in a turbulent era of cinematography, characterized by unprecedented entrepreneurial risk, and the ability to try new directional techniques to test an artistic potential of an innovated media and at the same time the opportunity to further define trends in a film form. Extase is a result of the experience with previous two sound films - Ze Soboty Na Nedeli and Naceradec, Kral Kibicu, where Machaty wasn’t fully satisfied with their economic and artistic results. It can be considered as one of the best Czech movies...

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2018, Czech Film History -

It’s been exactly seventy-one years since Jiří Hanzelka a Miroslav Zikmund sat down in Tatra 87 and set off to Africa. At that time, they could not yet know how legendary their expeditions in the world would be, or that they will become one of the most famous Czech travelers. When in 1947 two young graduates of economics drove to Africa to begin a journey around the world, only a bunch of friends said goodbye to them in front of the autoclub in Opletalova Street. Three and a half years later, on their return home, they were already famous travelers...

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2018, Czech Film History -

Amazing film Chalk and cheese/Nebe a dudy ♥ There are some films that you can watch all over again and never get bored of. One of my favorite films is definitely a black and white classic “Chalk and cheese”. This amazing film was directed by Vladimír Slavinsky in 1941 and is full of real stars like Jindřich Plachta, Jaroslav Marvan, Antonie Nedosinka, Zdenek Polipny, František Filipovský, etc. The storyline is quite simple, almost like a film for children. A factory owner Bartoš was a very strict, stand-offish grump. Literally a bogey to all his employees. At least until his injury....

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