I Love Czech Films

Celebrating the diversity of Czech cinema
Poster for a new Czech film called Místa (Places), directed by Radim Špaček (Walking Too Fast). It´s a drama about three young people, unsatisfied with their lives in the middle of 1990s. That doesn´t sound like any box office hit, but who knows.

Poster for a new Czech film called Místa (Places), directed by Radim Špaček (Walking Too Fast). It´s a drama about three young people, unsatisfied with their lives in the middle of 1990s. That doesn´t sound like any box office hit, but who knows.

Nice fan-made tribute to a cult TV series Pan Tau by screenwriter Ota Hofman and director Jindřich Polák.

It was nice combination of comedy, fantasy and family genres, starring Otto Šimánek as titular character - mysterious silent man with a magical pothat, with an ability to change his size (to a form of stop-motion animated puppet).

First short film was made in 1966 for Carlo Ponti, being followed by three TV series (1970, 1975 and 1978), which were subsequently edited into several theatrically released films. The last part of this saga was made in 1989.

Pan Tau remains very well known to this days, not only among Czech and Slovak audience, but also in some German and French speaking countries.

Rudolf Deyl Jr. and Květa Fialová in Oldřich Lipský´s western spoof Lemonade Joe (1964)

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 Jan Němec - Diamonds of the Night (1964)

Diamonds in the night is the tense, brutal story of two Jewish boys who escape from a train transporting them from one concentration camp to another. Ultimately, they are hunted down by a group of old, armed home-guardists.

Morgiana (Juraj Herz, 1972)

Viktor Preiss as titular character of 2013 TV fantasy comedy Duch nad zlato (Ghost over the Gold) by director Zdeněk Zelenka, loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen fairytale.

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Obecná škola (The Elementary School) is a 1991 Czech drama/comedy film directed by Jan Svěrák. The screenplay comes from the pen of his father Zdeněk Svěrák. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1991 and is considered to belong among the best Czech films ever.

"I wasn’t scared of fascist. I have no idea why I shouldn’t be able to deal with you."

The film is set shortly after the World War II (1945 and 1946) in one of the suburbs of Prague. The main character Eda Souček attends a boys’ elementary school where he belongs to a class with a complete lack of discipline. After their teacher goes insane during one of her classes, the schoolmaster has to implement special measures.

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Jaroslav Plesl and Karel Roden as a gay couple of funeral directors in Ondřej Sokol´s dark comedy Krásno (2014).