23 Aug 2010
Adelheid on DVD
The first colour film by Czech master František Vláčil (director of the dazzling The Valley of the Bees and Marketa Lazarová), Adelheid is a tragic love story, a controversial and emotional tale of two lovers trapped in the march of history.
Set in the aftermath of WWII, the film charts the relationship between Viktor, a
Czech airman returning home who is assigned a large Sudetenland mansion on the
Czech-German border, and Adelheid, daughter of the former Nazi owner, who is
allocated to him as a servant. Adelheid and Viktor are gradually attracted to
each other and although neither speaks the other's language, they begin a
tentative - but doomed - affair.
A compelling love story that transcends the absence of verbal communication highlighting the pain of a country in defeat, Adelheid was also the first film to controversially address the Czech treatment of German's during the expulsions of the mid-1940's.
Length: 98 minutes
Sound: Original mono (restored)
Original aspect ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Language: Czech and German
Subtitles: English On/Off
23 Aug 2010
Second Run DVD