February 2-10The Film Society of Lincoln Center, NYC
Why don’t I live in New York? :(
Q: “Why don’t I live in New York? :(”
A: Because you don’t want to pay a ton of money to live in a dump.
I would love to see this on the big screen, absolutely envious right about now!
I was in London when they did this at BFI. I just wasn’t there long enough to hang out and watch the whole series. Shame. I read nothing but good things about Vlacil in the Directors Cup threads.
Vlacil is one of the ‘unsung heroes’ of cinema—along with many other Czechs who tried to “Blossom” during the the 60’s in communist Czechoslovakia—some fared better than others; some escaped to friendlier film industries; some went underground; some stopped making films completely…a very sad commentary.
Do most Czech films from that period have Tarkovsky-esque feel to them, because Vlacil certainly seems to come from a school of film making similar to that of Tarkovsky? Were there any Czech filmmakers whose films were more in the spirit of many of the Franco-Italian art films? I like much of the Tarkovsky I’ve seen, and I’ve seen two Vlacil films, neither of which has grown on me yet, considering I’ve seen them each once, but I feel they should grow on me, since I do appreciate much of Tarkovsky. I liked Solaris and Stalker very much, but Andrei Rublev hasn’t exactly grown on me yet. Concerning Vlacil, I’ve seen Adelheid and Marketa, and both I think will require multiple viewings to full grasp and appreciate.
THE FANTASTIC WORLD OF FRANTIŠEK VLÁČIL – retrospective: April-June in Washington DC at AFI Silver Theater and May-June in Chicago at the Gene Siskel Film Center.
Jealous. Why can’t this come to Dallas?
is this coming to Los Angeles?
AFI Silver Theater, April 23-June 29
Gene Siskel Film Center, May 14-June 29
Three films not used in the Directors’ Cup. I have a Gene SIskel Film Center membership.
Those who can’t afford to live in the dump of New York City, you should really check out Chicago. It’s only slightly less dumpy and slightly less expensive, but you also get slightly less films coming than NY. ;)
I’m planning on going to a couple of these as the Siskel Center. If I can only see two, which should they be?
@Brad, of the ones listed there I regard both The Devil’s Trap and The Valley of the Bees as masterpieces. That said, the only other one of the other four that are listed that I’ve seen is The Shadow of the Fern – it’s kinda great, but nowhere near the level of those first two I mentioned.
Thanks Cecil! Shadow of the Fern is the only Vlacil I’ve seen and it didn’t do much for me, but I’ve been hearing so much buzz on this guy, I want to explore further.
The other one I keep hearing about is Marketa Lazarová. If you (or any of you) were to just choose one between Marketa Lazarová, The Devil’s Trap or The Valley of the Bees, which would you choose?
If you (or any of you) were to just choose one between Marketa Lazarová, The Devil’s Trap or The Valley of the Bees, which would you choose?
These are my top three favorites of the Vláčil I’ve seen, and they all share qualities in that they are set in medieval times and are in black and white. Marketa Lazarová is the best for sure. After that it’s hard to say. The Devil’s Trap maybe, if you like medieval Bergman stuff.
Ah, I haven’t seen Marketa Lazarová yet so I can’t really be that helpful here, though I know many people consider it their favourite film from Vlacil. I’m planning on watching it some time this summer hopefully. Between The Valley of the Bees and The Devil’s Trap I’d personally choose The Valley of the Bees, though it is very very close.
This is good advice. Hopefully, I’ll be able to see all three (and perhaps a Riss sighting? Are you going?)
46th Karlovy Vary IFF , Section Out of the Past
Director: František Vláčil
Czechoslovakia, 1967, 162 min
214 – July 2, 2011, 14:00, Grand Hall
6C2 – July 6, 2011, 12:00, Cas Cinema
Thanks to the method František Vláčil adopted for his film narrative, this pivotal work of Czech cinema, now wonderfully restored, is not only a uniquely authentic and powerful exploration into the past but also a disquieting and timeless testimony of the burden and impenetrability of the human lot, exposed to the perpetual conflict of opposites.
The weather is nowhere near cold and bleak enough to be screening Marketa Lazarova… but I envy you kids anyway!