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Marketa Lazarová

Directed by František Vláčil
Czechoslovakia, 1967
Drama, History


Based on a novel by Vladislav Vančura, this stirring and poetic depiction of a feud between two rival medieval clans is a fierce, epic, and meticulously designed evocation of the clashes between Christianity and paganism, humankind and nature, love and violence.

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Marketa Lazarová Directed by František Vláčil
A film of searing contrasts: innocence and cruelty, virgin and seductress, God and stag-god. Shot on blindly beautiful black-and-white Cinemascope, director František Vláčil marched his crew into a Bohemian forest for his expensive, uncompromising epic, making everyone “[live] like animals, lacking food, and dressed in rags,” only to emerge two years later with what is still considered to be one of the greatest Czech pictures of all time.
July 07, 2017
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QFF marks what is probably the first screening of this film in Australia, and its sheer magnitude on the big screen made it a remarkable experience. Arresting high contrast black and white images capture the brutal clash of Christians and Pagans against a snow laden wilderness. Zdeněk Liška’s choral-electronic score affords the already larger than life visuals an even greater weight.
September 14, 2016
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Engulfed by sensation, the film lies at the edge of comprehensibility. Rather than provide the typical mass of redundant cues that alert the viewer to location, character and purpose, Marketa Lazarová only provides the slimmest of suggestions. It’s there, but brief, scattered and hidden… Relationships are established through glances. Passing comments capture core details and major events are elided. Failing to infer, appraise and then re-appraise, is to become lost.
September 09, 2016
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