Set in the 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. Filmed in 1969 but initially banned, Larks on a String was released in 1990 after the fall of the Communist regime.
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A magnificent film of immense humanity made during the Prague Spring and then suppressed for many years: it's exactly the kind of droll, subversive, bathetic work that gets right up the noses of authoritarians who want to deny individuality and pluralism.