I Love Czech Films

Celebrating the diversity of Czech cinema


Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970)

Valerie a týden divů is a Czechoslovakian surrealist film directed by Jaromil Jireš and based on the 1932 novel of the same name by Vítězslav Nezval.

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Sedmikrásky (1966)
Director:Vera Chytilová


Sedmikrásky (1966)

Director:Vera Chytilová

Trailer for Adéla ještě nevečeřela aka Dinner for Adele (or, more literally, Adele Hasn´t Had Her Dinner Yet), second part of spoof trilogy written by Jiří Brdečka and directed by Oldřich Lipský (and always with Miloš Kopecký as villain). First was Lemonade Joe, third The Mysterious Castle in the Carpathians. This one was a parody of pulp mysteries with detective Nick Carter and Adele from its title is gigantic carnivorous plant, designed and animated by Jan Švankmajer.


Czech cinema is most deffinatetly my new bag.



Colette [2013] (UR would be R - 3 1/2 Stars) - Czech (English language) Holocaust themed film based on the novel by the same name by Czech Jewish writer Arnošt Lustig, a Holocaust survivor himself.  The film played recently at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago as part of the 2014 Czech That Film Tour cosponsored by the Czech Diplomatic Mission to the United States.



Marketa Lazarová [1967] (UR would be R - 3 1/2 Stars) - Czechoslovak Communist era historical drama set during the Middle Ages in the Czech borderlands (that in the first half of the 20th century became the disputed Sudetenlands).  Made in the grand historical epic style of Soviet film-makers like Eisenstein (Alexander Nevsky, Ivan the Terrible) and Tarkovsky (Andrej Rublev) it feels very different from the typical Czech film.  On the other hand, its focus on simply the life of a young Czech girl (Marketa…) living at the time, perhaps makes it “Czech” after all.  The film played recently as part of the 2014 Czech That Film Series passing through the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago and co-sponsored by the Czech diplomatic mission to the United States.


Trailer for Karel Zeman´s first feature film Cesta do pravěku aka Journey to the Beginning of Time (1955). It´s about four boys travelling through time on a rowboat and encountering dinosaurs.

Unlike the later films of Karel Zeman, this one was primarily meant as an educational film about prehistory, so it was not so subversive and funny as, let´s say, The Fabulous Adventures of Baron Munchausen. But it´s still pretty good adventure film for kids and Zeman´s trademark special effects are definitely present largely.

Stella Zázvorková and Josef Abrhám as Lady Bracknell and Jack Worthing in Jak je důležité míti Filipa, 1979 Czech TV adaptation of Oscar Wilde´s The Importance of Being Earnest.

Heroes of Czech science-fiction TV series from 1983 called Návštěvníci (The Visitors). They are time travellers from 25th century, sent in 1984 Czechoslovakia in order to prevent destruction of a school exercise book, in which a boy Adam Bernau (who became a most famous scientist of the world some decades later) calculated a formula allowing the movement of continets. Of course, the expedition´s knowledge about life in 1980s Czechoslovakia is very misstated, there is a lot of complications and hillarity ensues.

As usual in Czech films and TV series with fantastic elements, it´s primarily a comedy. Written by Ota Hofman (screenwriter of The Little Mermaid or The Beauty and the Beast among many other things) and directed by Jindřich Polák (who also made another Czech time travel classic Tomorrow I´ll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea, and more serious science-fiction Ikarie XB 1), this TV series is still very popular in Czech Republic and other countries of Central Europe region.