Marketa Lazarová

A wide-ranging fresco, set in the early Middle Ages, capitalizing on the film achievements of the 1960s, is a singular accomplishment in Czech and world cinema.

Marketa Lazarová
Czechoslovakia 1967
  • English
165 min.
  • This film is available in the following territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

“I chose Marketa Lazarová because, in my view, it totally and utterly fulfils the criteria for an outstanding work of art, even with its minor imperfections. I first saw it when I was a boy and it really had an impact on me; it influenced me and helped me understand certain contexts in my work. This film continues to fascinate me, also for the fact that, from the very beginning, I instinctively stopped perceiving the story as an essential element. I immerse myself in it and feast my eyes on all its subtleties, on the cruelties, the mire, and, above all, on the majesty of it all. I often think about this film when I’m not watching it; it perfectly captures our contemporary world. And that’s chiefly thanks to Vláčil, whose genius was kissed by God.”

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Director: František Vláčil
Based on: Vladislav Vančura
Screenplay: František Pavlíček, František Vláčil
Cinematography: Bedřich Baťka
Music: Zdeněk Liška
Sound: František Fabián
Editing: Miroslav Hájek
Production Design: Oldřich Okáč
Producer: Josef Ouzký
Costumes: Theodor Pištěk ml.
Cast: Magda Vášáryová, Zdeněk Štěpánek (vypravěč), Josef Kemr, František Velecký, Naďa Hejná, Jaroslav Moučka, Ivan Palúch, Vladimír Menšík, Karel Vašíček
  • This film is available in the following territories: Czechia, Slovakia.