A historic mega-film, one family saga, three generations (1887 -1917) assimilated to the bee community in the hive. The queen bee serves as a big mother that symbolizes the family and national roots, the power and meaning of tradition and the return to it. The mosaic of the bricklaying Pichanda family’s lives is made of love, hope, hard work, human understanding and also the tragedies of economic crisis, war and human malice. Dreams, symbols, and life in all its forms create a colored rainbow spanning from birth to death and from mystery to reality and back.
Tag Archives: Czech
Panenství / Virginity (1937) Otakar Vávra, Lída Baarová, Jaroslava Skorkovská, Frantisek Kreuzmann, Drama
Young and stunningly beautiful Hana is thrown into the street after her mother catches her stepfather sexually harassing Hana. She finds a new job at a café where she becomes the object of lust for her new boss and the sleazy male customers. Hana, who is still repulsed by men, rejects their offers and expensive gifts. She later falls in love with a young composer Pavel but he soon falls seriously ill and only an expensive medical treatment can save him. Hana starts thinking about accepting the indecent proposal made by one of her customers to get the money needed for Pavel’s therapy.
Slnko v sieti / The Sun in a Net (1962) Stefan Uher, Marián Bielik, Jana Beláková, Olga Salagová, Drama
Oldrich “Fajolo” Fajták (Marián Bielik), a student who directs quasi-existentialist verbal abuse at his girlfriend Bela Blazejová (Jana Beláková), takes off to a formally volunteer summer work camp at a farm where he meets her grandfather.
A narration of episodes from the life of the famous Czech poet, Karel Hynek Mácha. Throughout the film, we witness a deep analysis of Mácha’s complex character (his relation to another Czech writer of the time Josef Kajetán Tyl, his unbearable jealousy, his solitude, his attitude to nature,etc.) on the well-depicted historical background with all its particularities.
Tale Bozena Nemcova served as a template for a romantic story about a courageous, self-made girl scorned daughter of a shepherd, who is not afraid of anything – neither night nor swim. But the superstitious villagers about her telling all sorts of strange things, even seeking union with the powers of hell. Bold and courageous Bara stupid prejudices of their fellow men almost suffer. Energetic girl brings her pieces to boil the whole village.
Skola otcu / School for Fathers (1957) Ladislav Helge, Karel Höger, Blazena Holisová, Josef Mixa, Drama
A new teacher with high standards and a strong sense of duty replaces an easy grader. Once bad grades begin to pile up, a product of his predecessor’s subservience to the system, the new teacher has to stand up for himself and his students.
Král Sumavy / King of Sumava (1959) Karel Kachyna, Radovan Lukavský, Jirí Vala, Jirina Svorcová, Crime, Drama
Slavnosti snezenek / The Snowdrop Festival (1984) Jirí Menzel, Rudolf Hrusínský, Jaromír Hanzlík, Josef Somr, Comedy
This movie is based on texts of Bohumil Hrabal, world-known Czech prosaic. It’s a story (in a form of a mosaic of short episodes and pictures) about the sadness and happiness of inhabitants of Kersko (Kersko is a small woody area full of cottages and roods). These people are both simple and sensitive, they have their own pleasures (e.g. Leli is a collector of cheap, but inutile things) and the greatest delight of all of them is a hunting. Crude poetics of amateur hunting is screened by dreamy pictures of this area. Menzel mixes sentimental lyricism and rough (but not vulgar!) humor and the outcome is the never-ending landscape of continuous life in the proximate nearness of nature.
Panna zázracnica / The Wonder-Maid (1967) Stefan Uher, Jolanta Umecka, Ladislav Mrkvicka, Otakar Janda, Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Anabella, a beautiful young woman meets a group of artists. They will awaken your erotic desires but also pure feeling of love; becomes the object of his secret fantasies but also in their artistic inspiration.