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The Czechoslovak New Wave - A Collection (3 Film Box Set) [DVD]

Rudolf Hrusínský , Vlasta Chramostova , Juraj Herz , Jan Nemec    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Rudolf Hrusínský, Vlasta Chramostova, Ladislav Janský, Antonín Kumbera, Karel Blazek
  • Directors: Juraj Herz, Jan Nemec, Ivan Passer
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Czech, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Second Run
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Nov 2012
  • Run Time: 231 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B009WQR7RC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,665 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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A 3-disc set comprising three integral features from the most creative period of Czechoslovak cinema. Despite being made under the gaze of Government censors, these films achieved a miraculous marriage of content and form despite the most oppressive circumstances. Set includes:

Diamonds of the Night (1964): Nemec's debut feature is one of the most thrilling and startlingly original works of cinema. Told almost without dialogue, it chronicles the tense and desperate journey of two teenage boys who are trying to stay alive after escaping from a German train bound for a Nazi concentration camp during World War II.

Intimate Lighting (1965): One of the most highly-regarded films of the 60s, Passer's wonderfully subtle comedy of provincial life concerns the dreams of two musician friends, one of whom, having left their small hometown to become successful, returns to visit the other who stayed behind to become a local music teacher. A work of great originality and universal acceptance.

The Cremator (1968): Set in Prague during the Nazi occupation, this chilling mix of Dr Strangelove and Repulsion, is a pitch-black comedy of horrors featuring an outstanding performance by the great Rudolf Hrusínský as a professional cremator, for whom the political climate allows free rein to his increasingly deranged impulses for the 'salvation of the world'.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bargain set of three incredible Czech features 4 Nov 2012
This set - designed as an introduction to the breadth, depth and genius of the Czech New Wave - is an absolute bargain.
This set contains three great gems of the that period of filmmaking in the 1960s which saw Czechoslovak cinema emerge as one of the most innovative and vibrant in the history of cinema. Unlike other "movements" in cinema in the 1960s (the French New Wave, the realist movement in the UK), Czech artists and filmmakers also had to contend with severe government censorship, censure and interference. They say that great art thrives in the face of adversity - well, Czech cinema of that time is proof conclusive of that.
Contained in this set is Jan Nemec's brilliant and unbearably tense pursuit drama Diamonds of the Night; Ivan Passer's affectionate and genuinely funny Intimate Lighting, and Juraj Herz's horrifying The Cremator, a pitch-black comedy of horror with an amazing, chilling performance by the late, great Rudolf Hrusinsky.
Second Run have released all three of these titles individually previously, but this is a great opportunity to pick them up for a bargain price.
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