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.
While watching 'Marketa Lazarova', I felt entirely transported into another world, consumed by the totality of the medieval setting created by Vláčil, every detail thoroughly imagined and executed to perfection. Vančura's novel specified no exact time period, and there is very little historical information that exists of the medieval times of Czechoslovakia. Because of this, Vláčil was forced to invent his own...↓
A visual marvel, but the narrative is basically incoherent; I had to read afterwards what happened. This wouldn't necessarily be a problem if the film wasn't so long and story-driven. I also had some issues with the ADR and the lack of diegetic sound effects - maybe this was a technological restriction. The dubbed sound gives the film an incorporeality, which makes immersion difficult and clashes with the image.