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Jak utopit doktora Mrácka aneb Konec vodniku v Cechách / How to Drown Dr. Mracek, the Lawyer (1975) Václav Vorlícek, Jaromír Hanzlík, Libuse Safránková, Frantisek Filipovský, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Jak utopit doktora Mracka aneb Konec vodniku v Cechach (1975)
There are still water spirits among us. One group lives in Prague, led by Mr. Wassermann, who is using his wife’s family as a servants. All they need is their old house near the river. But the house is to be demolished. They have to stop it. And the only way is to drown Dr. Mrácek, who is responsible for the demolition. But he falls in love with Wassermann’s niece Jana. He changes to fish, is mistaked for water spirit from Germany, is drowned and revived again. The other problem is the flour with ears… and so on…

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Malá morská víla / The Little Mermaid (1976) Karel Kachyna, Miroslava Safránková, Radovan Lukavský, Petr Svojtka, Family, Drama, Romance

Mala morska vila (1976)
The little mermaid rescues a prince from drowning and falls in love with him. To be with him, she makes a deal with the evil sorceress: her beautiful voice against a life on land. It seems to work at first, the prince is enchanted with her lovely appearance. But the memory of a foreign princess still haunts him: The one who found him on the beach where the mermaid had left him, and whom he (of course) believes to be his saviour. To resolve this mistake is too much for the mute little mermaid, and not even her father, king of all seas, can help her in the impending catastrophe.

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Skrivánci na niti / Larks on a String (1990) Jirí Menzel, Rudolf Hrusínský, Vlastimil Brodský, Václav Neckár, Comedy, Drama, Romance

Skrivanci na niti (1990)
Prague in the early 1950’s. Bourgeois elements are being re-educated by working in a scrapyard full of the detritus of industrial society. The volunteer workers comprise a professor of literature, a public prosecutor, a dairyman, a saxophonist, a barber, and a young cook. Also working in the yard are a number of female prisoners serving a year for trying to defect… A camera crew arrives with potted plants and other props. An idyllic scene is created; the prisoners star briefly in a pro-North Korean newsreel before going back to work… The volunteers are striking because the scrapyard work quotas have risen without consultation. A union rep arrives to persuade them otherwise… The guard for the female prisoners gets married but the gypsy musicians make a mess at his reception. The cook flirts with one of the pretty prisoners and finally proposes…

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Kobry a Uzovky / The Snake Brothers (2015) Jan Prusinovský, Krystof Hádek, Matej Hádek, Martin Bonhard, Comedy, Drama

Kobry a Uzovky AKA The Snake Brothers (2015)
Brothers Grass and Cobra Snake, in their late and early thirties respectively, live in a small Czech town not far from Prague. Coming from a disfunctional family, they both feel unable to build up a life to be satisfied with. Grass, unemployed and still without a girl, does not know how to escape from the shadow of his druggie and troublemaker brother Cobra. Things seem to change for Grass when all at once he gets the opportunity to be part of a promising business and starts a relationship with the waitress of a local pub. It is just then when Cobra and his addiction show up in his life once more to put him on the verge of losing everything he achieved. But this time Grass is determined to not let anybody or anything stop his last chance in life to be happy and he decides to teach his brother a life lesson he should never forget…. A lesson that uncontrollably turns into a nightmare…

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Poslusne hlásím / I Dutifully Report (1958) Karel Steklý, Rudolf Hrusínský, Svatopluk Benes, Jaroslav Marvan, Comedy, War

Poslusne hlasim (1958)
This is sequel of the adaptation of the famous satiric tale of well-intending soldier Schweik by Jaroslav Hasek. At the beginning of the story Lieutenant Lukas and his batman Schweik are on the way to Ceske Budejovice. Schweik together with train conductor accidentally pull the emergency brake. At the Tabor station he is asked to pay a penalty for a train delay. Some kind gentleman pays a penalty for him and gives him money for a new ticket. However, Schweik drinks the money away. Thus he must go to Budejovice on foot. On his way he gets into many grotesque situations.

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Vsichni dobrí rodáci / All My Good Countrymen (1969) Vojtech Jasný, Vlastimil Brodský, Radoslav Brzobohatý, Vladimír Mensík, Comedy, Drama

Vsichni dobri rodaci (1969)
Stories about seven friends in a small Moravian village following the socialization of Czechoslovakia in 1948, developing gradually into the story of Frantiek, the resister. The film offers some direct political criticism, particularly of the process of collectivizing agriculture. After the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, it was promptly banned.

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