Marketa Lazarova

Marketa Lazarova

Dir: Frantisek Vlácil / Czechoslovakia / 1967 / B&W /  162 mins /Czek-German


An experimental action film based on a novel by Vladislav Vancura, the movie is a stirring and poetic depiction of a feud between two rival medieval clans. A fierce, epic, and meticulously designed evocation of the clashes between Christianity and paganism, humankind and nature, love and violence, it is often declared the greatest Czech film ever made. Vláčil’s approach was to scrupulously re-create the textures and mentalities of a 13th-century period , rather than to make a conventional historical drama, and the result is dazzling. Keeping up  with the labyrinthine plot is secondary to giving in to the film’s experiential potency, with its inventive widescreen cinematography, editing, and sound design.

3_marketa-lazarova_3Direction Frantisek Vlacil
Production Josef Ouzky
Screenplay Frantisek Pavlicek, Frantisek Vlacil
Cinematography Bedrich Batka
Editing Miroslav Hajek
Music Zdenek Liska
Cast Josef Kemr, Nada Hejna, Frantisek Velecky, Ivan Paluch, Pavla
Polaskova, Michal Kozuch, Magda Vasaryova, Harry Studt, Vlastimil Harapes, Zdenek Kryzanek, Zdenek Rehor, Vladimir Mensik