Considéré par maints critiques comme le meilleur film tchèque de tous les temps, cette oeuvre monumentale et foisonnante, se présente effectivement (une fois que les personnages principaux et secondaires nous soient devenus familiers dans leur complexité historique) comme une somptueuse fresque médiévale. www.cinefiches.com
Vlácil made the most visually beautiful film about a medieval hellhole. One to watch hand in hand with Andrei Rublev while daydreaming of a far away life in a faraway land. Something about the brutally and stench of the middle ages appeals to me, and that’s something Vlácil marveled at with Lazarová.
like a tastelessly affected ripoff of "Andrei Rublev". dialogue is often bombastic to the point of futility (i.e. lousy poetry, empty wisdom, and unasked/probably analogical takes on Christianity) and the narrative is so jumbled that you can either try to make sense of an untold story or swallow the unoriginal visuals. fails to resonate with beauty, sincerity, or much emotional worth/weight.
Hallucinatory and dreamlike, it reminds me of 'The Virgin Spring'. But while 'Virgin Spring' has a relatively straightforward narrative, this one does not. It jumps back and forward and side to side. It has very creative editing, but it seems like a parody of an art film. Hard to follow, voices coming from offscreen and a narrator, camera doesn't follow action, or gets there too late. Deserves more recognition.
A film that might drain the world of adjectives as we mostly agree that this is stunning and incomprehensible. Joins the ranks of cinema I don't believe was shot in this time (modernity) or place (earth), (ie. Hard to Be a God, The Fall), with an even higher transcendental quality. Straddles so finely a hardened naturalism and elliptical mysticism.
Incredibly stunning cinematography, a sort of cinematic painting that manages to put together a convincing take on a forgotten way of life. The setting and the costumes are incredible. It is rare to come across a film that feels detached enough from our current civilisation to be convincing in its portrayal of older times. This is not just a Czech masterpiece but one of the greatest film I've had the chance to see.