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Marketa Lazarová [1967] [DVD]

4.3 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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  • Directors: Frantisek Vlacil
  • Format: Black & White, PAL, Anamorphic
  • Language: Czech
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Second Run
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Dec. 2007
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,028 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Set in the 13th Century, this ambitious and multi-layered medieval epic with its nearly three-hour length, elliptical narrative and emphasis on symbol and metaphor, is a stunning work of cinema. Filmed in black & white widescreen and often attaining a Wellesian grandeur, Vlácil penetrated the psychology of the times to produce an inspired and fascinating film. Markéta Lazarová has been voted by Czech and Slovak critics and artists as the best Czech film of all time.


A stonking Czech medieval epic. An epic medieval meditation, filmed at some length from a purportedly unfilmable novel by Vladislav Vancura. Acting out the intrigue, suspicion and bloodlust of 13th century tribal rivalry, the plot, such as it is, is wilfully wayward and often close to impenetrable. As 'pure cinema' though, it's stark, daring and astoundingly dynamic. Black and white 'Scope camerawork surveys a cruel, desolate landscape of plains, castles and forests populated by scavenging strays, strugglers, tyrants and wolf men, while an eerily evocative sound design gives the picture a near-hallucinatory quality. It's not so much drama as ancient litany - mystical and feral rather than spiritual or religious. --Time Out

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