I Love Czech Films

Celebrating the diversity of Czech cinema

Czech actors Josef Abrhám and Libuše Šafránková (not only frequent partners on big and small screen, but also husband and wife in real life), stylized as Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca.

I think this picture was used as promo for a stage adaptation of Woody Allen´s Play It Again, Sam.

Jiřina Bohdalová as titular character of 1966 musical comedy Dáma na kolejích (Lady on the rails), directed by Ladislav Rychman.

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Another scene from the movie Pelíšky: Jiří Kodet plays Czech national anthem after finding out that Soviet troops invaded Czechoslovakia in 1968, ending the period known as Prague Spring.

Pelíšky aka Cosy Dens (1999), directed by Jan Hřebejk. 

OMG! After Tomorrow I´ll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea, another Czech sci-fi comedy classic WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES popped up on YouTube. Who Wants to Kill Jessie? (1966), directed by Václav Vorlíček and written by Miloš Macourek (who was also a writer of Tomorrow I´ll Wake Up).

It´s about a scientist (Jiří Sovák), whose dreams are materialized by his wife´s (Dana Medřická) machine. Unfortunatelly for their marriage, he dreams about sexy comic-book heroine Jessie (Olga Schoberová), who just happens to be a scientist as well. Jessie invented anti-gravitation gloves, which become a hitchcockian “MacGuffin” of the story, because not only the leading character, but also evil Superman (Juraj Višný) and some gunman (Karel Effa) are desperately trying to steal them from her.

Petra Černocká, Jan Hrušínský´s head and Helena Růžičková in 1972 fantasy comedy The Girl on a Broomstick, directed by Václav Vorlíček.

Vorlíček was always a fan o these crazy special effects, which were actually pretty simple. In this case, the actor is sitting inside the casket and what seems to be an empty space under his head, is actually a mirror, reflecting a piece of setting built behind the camera.

Hand-made gimmicks like this are part of this film´s charm. Three years ago, Vorlíček made a sequel of it called Little Witch on a Broomstick, which was full of Harry Potter like CGI effects and it was just… so wrong.

From Jan Švankmajer´s short film Jídlo (Food)
This man eating a plate, Czech actor Jan Kraus, is now known mostly as TV presenter, running his own late night show, and as a life partner of actress Ivana Chýlková. He is also “famous” for his failed entrée on live TV.

From Jan Švankmajer´s short film Jídlo (Food)

This man eating a plate, Czech actor Jan Kraus, is now known mostly as TV presenter, running his own late night show, and as a life partner of actress Ivana Chýlková. He is also “famous” for his failed entrée on live TV.

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Jana Brejchová in 1967 drama Noc nevěsty (Night of the Bride), directed by Karel Kachyňa.

Miloš Kopecký and Olga Schoberová in Lemonade Joe (1964), directed by Oldřich Lipský

nafennasidaur:

Oh look, I’m doing things again.
This is a tiny part of a pretty gib (and 80% unfinished…) piece to the Czech/GDR fairytale movie Tři oříšky pro Popelku (Three nuts for Cinderella) from 1973.It’s always been part of my family’s Christmas rountine, and I rather adore the movie…So I decided to draw something for Christmas and instead of doing something small and manageable, I now have an enormous concept, but only the part of Cinderella as bride is finished so far (thus the perfectionist background). But I’m quite content with her so far, and if I never finish the whole piece, that one’s enough to satisfy me.
Credit goes as always to ObsidianDawn for the patterns on the dress, and the brushes I used were in this set made by Kyle T. Webster (hint: they are awesome and well worth the price!)

Very nice fanart of Three Wishes for Cinderella

nafennasidaur:

Oh look, I’m doing things again.

This is a tiny part of a pretty gib (and 80% unfinished…) piece to the Czech/GDR fairytale movie Tři oříšky pro Popelku (Three nuts for Cinderella) from 1973.
It’s always been part of my family’s Christmas rountine, and I rather adore the movie…So I decided to draw something for Christmas and instead of doing something small and manageable, I now have an enormous concept, but only the part of Cinderella as bride is finished so far (thus the perfectionist background). But I’m quite content with her so far, and if I never finish the whole piece, that one’s enough to satisfy me.

Credit goes as always to ObsidianDawn for the patterns on the dress, and the brushes I used were in this set made by Kyle T. Webster (hint: they are awesome and well worth the price!)

Very nice fanart of Three Wishes for Cinderella