Valerie And Her Week of Wonders (1970)

JAROMIL JIRES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  Original Title: Valerie a týden divu Czechoslovakia, 1970.  Filmové studio Barrandov.   Screenplay by Jaromil Jires, Ester Krumbachová, dialogue by Jirí Musil, based on the novel by Vitezlsav Nezval.  Cinematography by Jan Curik.   Produced by Jirí Becka. Music by Lubos Fiser, Jan Klusák. Production Design by Ester Krumbachová. …

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The Ear (1990)

KAREL KACHYNA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Original Title: Ucho  Czechoslovakia, 1990.  Filmové studio Barrandov.  Story by Jan Procházka, Ladislav Winkelhöfer, Screenplay by Karel Kachyna, Jan Procházka.  Cinematography by Josef Illík.  Produced by Karel Vejrík.   Music by Svatopluk Havelka.   Production Design by Oldrich Okac.   Film Editing by Miroslav Hajek.  A minister in the Czech…

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Daisies (1966)

VERA CHYTILOVA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB Original Title: Sedmikrásky Czechoslovakia, 1966.  Filmové studio Barrandov.  Story by Vera Chytilová, Screenplay by Vera Chytilová, Ester Krumbachová, Pavel Jurácek.  Cinematography by Jaroslav Kucera.  Music by Jirí Slitr, Jirí Sust.  Production Design by Karel Lier.  Costume Design by Ester Krumbachová.  Film Editing by Miroslav Hajek. This exuberant…

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A Report on the Party and Guests (1966)

JAN NEMEC Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. Original Title: O slavnosti a hostech Czechoslovakia, 1966.  Filmové studio Barrandov.   Story by Ester Krumbachová, Screenplay by Ester Krumbachová, Jan Nemec.   Cinematography by Jaromir Sofr.   Music by Karel Mares.  Production Design by Oldrich Bosak.  Costume Design by Ester Krumbachová.  Film Editing by Miroslav Hajek.  A group of…

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Capricious Summer (1968)

JIRI MENZEL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB Original Title: Rozmarné léto Czechoslovakia, 1968.  Filmové studio Barrandov.  Screenplay by Jirí Menzel, Václav Nývlt, dramatisation by Vladimír Kalina, Jan Libora, based on the novel by Vladislav Vancura.  Cinematography by Jaromir Sofr.   Produced by Zdenek Oves.   Music by Jirí Sust.  Production Design by Oldrich Bosak.  Costume Design…

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Who Wants To Kill Jessie (1966)

VACLAV VORLICEK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Original title:  Kdo Chce Zabit Jessii Alternate title:  Who Killed Jessie Czechoslovakia, 1966.  Ceskoslovenský Státní Film, Filmové studio Barrandov.  Story and Screenplay by Milos Macourek, Vaclav Vorlicek.  Cinematography by Jan Nemecek.  Music by Svatopluk Havelka.  Production Design by Bohumil Pokorny.  Costume Design by Karel Postrehovsky.  Film Editing by Jan Chaloupek, Jaromir Janacek.   Deliriously campy science-fiction film about husband…

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Marketa Lazarova (1967)

FRANTISEK VLACIL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Czechoslovakia, 1967.  Filmové studio Barrandov.  Screenplay by Frantisek Pavlicek, Frantisek Vlacil, based on the novel by Vladislav Vancura. Cinematography by Bedrich Batka.  Produced by Josef Ouzky.  Music by Zdenek Liska.  Production Design by Oldrich Okac.  Costume Design by Theodor Pistek.  Film Editing by Miroslav Hajek. A fascinating experience and an absolute challenge from beginning to end,…

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Closely Watched Trains (1966)

JIRI MENZEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB Original title:  Ostre Sledovane Vlaky Czechoslovakia, 1966.  Filmové studio Barrandov.  Screenplay by Bohumil Hrabal, Jiri Menzel, based on the novel by Bohumil Hrabal.  Cinematography by Jaromir Sofr.  Produced by Zdenek Oves.  Music by Jir Sust.  Production Design by Oldrich Bosak.  Costume Design by Olga Dimitrovova.  Film Editing by Jirina Lukesova.  Podcast: My Criterions.   Jiri Menzel’s Oscar winning film is…

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The Shop On Main Street (1965)

JAN KADAR, ELMAR KLOS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5 Original title:  Obchod Na Korze Czechoslovakia, 1965.  Filmové studio Barrandov.  Story by Ladislav Grosman, Screenplay by Ladislav Grosman, Jan Kadar, Elmar Klos.  Cinematography by Vladimir Novotny.  Produced by Milos Broz, Jaromir Lukas.  Music by Zdenek Liska.  Production Design by Karel Skvor.  Costume Design by Marie Rosenfelderova.  Film Editing by Diana Heringova, Jaromir Janacek.   A…

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The Firemen’s Ball (1967)

MILOS FORMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5 Original title:  Hori, Ma Panenko Czechoslovakia/Italy, 1967.  Carlo Ponti Cinematografica, Filmové studio Barrandov.  Story by Vaclav Sasek, Screenplay by Milos Forman, Jaroslav Papousek, Ivan Passer.  Cinematography by Miroslav Ondricek.  Produced by Rudolf Hajek.  Music by Karel Mares.  Production Design by Karel Cerny.  Costume Design by Zdena Snajdarova.  Film Editing by Miroslav Hajek.   Small-town Czech firemen decide to…

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Loves Of A Blonde (1965)

MILOS FORMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   Original title:  Lasky Jedne Plavovlasky Czechoslovakia, 1965.  CBK, Filmové studio Barrandov, Sebor.  Story by Milos Forman, Jaroslav Papousek, Ivan Passer, Screenplay by Milos Forman, Jaroslav Papousek, Ivan Passer, Vaclav Sasek.  Cinematography by Miroslav Ondricek.  Produced by Doro Vlado Hreljanovic, Rudolf Hajek.  Music by Evzen Illin.  Production Design by Karel Cerny.  Costume Design by Zdena Snajdarova.  Film Editing…

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The Elementary School

BBBBB (out of 5) Original title:  Obecna Skola Jan Sverak’s best film is this delightful memoir of growing up in World War II Czechoslovakia. A little boy lives in his small village with his electrical engineer father and housewife mother, getting into all sorts of trouble at school with his other equally feisty classmates. When their…

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