Movie Review – Charlatan

Charlatan Czech Republic (2020) Dir. Agnieszka Holland We have to hand it to the doctors and nurses who treat us, heal us, and help us control of injuries and maladies but we must also recognise they aren’t miracle workers and there are occasions when even they are helpless. Modern medicine is a marvel, forever updating … Continue reading Movie Review – Charlatan

The Painted Bird (Nabarvené ptáče)

The Painted Bird (Nabarvené ptáče) Czech Republic (2019) Dir. Václav Marhoul Survival is something we all have to do in our lives in one way or another, but are forced to some start earlier than others; war, for example, being a prominent cause for this. The fortunate ones will get help when they need it … Continue reading The Painted Bird (Nabarvené ptáče)

I, Olga (Já, Olga Hepnarová)

I, Olga (Já, Olga Hepnarová) Czech Republic (2016) Dirs. Petr Kazda & Tomás Weinreb “I know I’m a psycho but an enlightened one.” Reading the mind of a murderer will not make for an easy experience, as I am sure any psychologist will agree, though it is not always the case that the subject is … Continue reading I, Olga (Já, Olga Hepnarová)

Nowhere In Moravia (Díra u Hanusovic)

Nowhere In Moravia (Díra u Hanusovic) Czech Republic (2014) Dir. Miroslav Krobot The wonderful thing about cinema is that we can travel to any country in the world, view their sights and experience their culture without ever leaving our living rooms. If there were a downside, it would be seeing a country through a cynical … Continue reading Nowhere In Moravia (Díra u Hanusovic)

Lunacy (Sílení)

Lunacy (Sílení) Czech Republic (2005) Dir. Jan Svankmajer “Believe only half of what you see and nothing that you hear.” This aphorism from The System Of Doctor Tarr And Professor Fether by Edgar Allen Poe provides the framework for this surreal horror film from Czech provocateur Jan Svankmajer. Perhaps not a horror film in the … Continue reading Lunacy (Sílení)

Fall Of The Innocent aka Lidice

Fall Of The Innocent aka Lidice Czech Republic (2011) Dir. Petr Nikolaev The atrocities of World War II mean every country, especially in Europe, has a tragic story to tell, many of which have subsequently been made into a film. The complete evisceration of the village of Lidice is the Czech Republic’s entry into this … Continue reading Fall Of The Innocent aka Lidice

The Alien Girl (Chuzhaya)

The Alien Girl (Chuzhaya)  Russia (2010) Dir. Anton Bormatov It is probably fair to say that when expecting countries to produce films based on graphic novels, Russia isn’t one that automatically springs to mind. So allow this debut offering from Anton Bormatov., based on the work of Vladimir “Adolfych” Nesterenko, a former crime gang member … Continue reading The Alien Girl (Chuzhaya)

Janosik: A True Story (Janosik. Prawdziwa historia)

Janosik: A True Story (Janosik. Prawdziwa historia) Poland/Slovakia/Czech Republic (2009) Dirs. Kasia Adamik & Agnieszka Holland I must confess to have never heard of Juro Janosik, a Slovakian highwayman who did actually exist in the 18th century and is a folklore legend across Eastern Europe. A parallel of sorts would be our very own Robin … Continue reading Janosik: A True Story (Janosik. Prawdziwa historia)

Alois Nebel

Alois Nebel Czech Republic (2011) Dir. Tomás Lunák When one thinks of animation from Czechoslovakia, chances are this evokes memories of the abstract pieces that occasionally popped up on British TV in the 70’s and 80’s. Or maybe it is the stop motion surrealist films of Jan Svankmajer that will come to mind for film … Continue reading Alois Nebel

Conspirators Of Pleasure (Spiklenci slasti)

Conspirators Of Pleasure (Spiklenci slasti) Czech Republic (1996) Dir. Jan Svankmajer As you know we Brits have a saying: “There’s nowt so queer as folks”. In this case it could be argued that it applies to both the director of this extraordinary film as well as the deviant cast it features - for it takes … Continue reading Conspirators Of Pleasure (Spiklenci slasti)