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The film Bathory: Countess of Blood is based on the legends surrounding the life and deeds of Countess Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed (Hungarian: Báthory Erzsébet, Slovak: Alžbeta Bátoriová) who lived from August 7, August 1560 to August 21, 1614. Bathory known as the greatest murderess in the history of mankind. Contrary to popular belief, Elizabeth Bathory...
The Last Trick by Czech Filmmaker Jan Švankmajer
The Last Trick (Czech: Poslední trik pana Schwarcewalldea a pana Edgara) is a 1964 Czechoslovak animated short film by Jan Švankmajer. It was Švankmajer’s first film. Jan Svankmajer’s debut film extends the madcap spirit of his Prague-based Theatre of Masks. The play depicts two mime-like magicians (with heads made out of papier-mâché and clockwork machinery,...
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Puppet animation is a traditional Czech art form, of which Jiří Trnka became the undisputed master. Most of his movies were intended for adults and many were adaptations of literary works. Špalíček (The Czech Year), also called A Treasury of Fairy-Tales, is a 1947 stop-motion-animated feature film from Czechoslovakia. It was a defining moment for Trnka...
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Last night we watched an interesting movie about the Czech actress, Lída Baarová. It’s a fictional work based on the real life of the actress and her affair with the Nazi Party’s Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, which lasted from September 1936 until August 1938. It’s an interpretation of her life and affair, and not a...
The film Red Tails takes place in Italy, 1944. We’re posting about it today because it was filmed in 9 filming locations, the main “base camp” in the Czech Republic. Other locations include, Slovenia, Italy, Croatia, San Rafael, California, Skywalker Ranch, San Rafael, California, Hamilton Air Force Base, Novato, California, Kerner Optical Sound Stages, San Rafael, California, and Prague Studios,...
Ecce homo Homolka, or in English, Behold Homolka (1970) It is a beautiful Sunday and the Homolka family are having a typically Czech picnic in a forest not far from Prague. The grandfather and grandmother have settled comfortably in the grass, their son Ludva romps about in the river with his two young twin sons,...
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It took the Czechs five years to animate Divoká planeta, which literally translates to ‘The Wild Planet‘, a film more known by its French name La Planète sauvage or, for our English speaking friends, Fantastic Planet. The French came to the Czechs for their cutout stop-motion science fiction techniques for this film, directed by René...