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.
Tag Archives: Czech
Skrivánci na niti / Larks on a String (1990) Jirí Menzel, Rudolf Hrusínský, Vlastimil Brodský, Václav Neckár, Comedy, Drama, Romance
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…
Kobry a Uzovky / The Snake Brothers (2015) Jan Prusinovský, Krystof Hádek, Matej Hádek, Martin Bonhard, Comedy, Drama
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…
Poslusne hlásím / I Dutifully Report (1958) Karel Steklý, Rudolf Hrusínský, Svatopluk Benes, Jaroslav Marvan, Comedy, War
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.
Zánik samoty Berhof / End of the Lonely Farm Berghof (1984) Jirí Svoboda, Jana Brejchová, Radoslav Brzobohatý, Milan Knazko, Drama
Vsichni dobrí rodáci / All My Good Countrymen (1969) Vojtech Jasný, Vlastimil Brodský, Radoslav Brzobohatý, Vladimír Mensík, Comedy, Drama
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.
Martin becomes involved with a black market gang when he attempts to find the people who supplied him with fake money. He deals in foreign currency for them and lives in a flat supplied by them with Eva.
Diamonds in the night is the tense, brutal story of two Jewish boys who escape from a train transporting them from one concentration camp to another. Ultimately, they are hunted down by a group of old, armed home-guardists. The film goes beyond the themes of war and anti-Nazism and concerns itself with man’s struggle to preserve human dignity.
It is 1961 and an Albanian student (Nik Xhelilaj) of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, together with a group of Czech students, is shooting his graduate movie on a motorcycle factory, in the small market-town of ?eský Šternberk, in then Czechoslovakia. Coming from a country that is completely isolated from the rest of Europe, he is fascinated by the lifestyle, society and “erotic exuberance” of the Czech golden youth, yet feeling strong links with his family in his homeland. He falls in love with a married woman (Anna Geislerová), the wife of a police superintendent (Paolo Buglioni) and is insecure about his future.
This is the story of a woodcutter in Bohemia during a war between Austria and Turkey. Wandering in the forest he finds a golden fern whose seed turns into a beautiful young woman – they fall in love. After a village feast in which he gets drunk he gets to sign up to the army. The fairy gives him a shirt to wear and asks him to swear he will never part with it. At the war front he falls in love with the the colonels daughter; cold beauty who asks him to perform various feats in order to respond to his courting (bring her the horse of the grand-vizier, then the necklace of the grand-vizier’s wife and finally his nightingale).