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15 Sep 2014

Czechoslovak New Wave: A Jester’s Tale

Second Run DVD releases Karel Zeman’s film A Jester’s Tale (Bláznova kronika) as a part of its Czechoslovak New Wave series. Often described as the "Czech Méliès", visionary Czech filmmaker Karel Zeman has been a profound influence on whole generations of filmmakers from Jan Švankmajer to Tim Burton, the Quay Brothers to Terry Gilliam. His ground-breaking innovations in the use of live-action and animation mark him as one of the great masters of 20th Century fantasy cinema. A Jester’s Tale is one of his most renowned and celebrated achievements. Described by Zeman as a "pseudo-historical" film, it is a bold anti-war black comedy following the adventures of a plowboy and a mercenary, press-ganged into service on the battlefields of the Thirty Years War of 1618 - 1648.

Co-scripted by Pavel Juráček (Ikarie XB1, Daisies, Josef Kilián), Karel Zeman’s brilliant comic film with its melding of live-action and animation, extraordinary matte work along with Escher-inspired impossible constructions, anticipates Gilliam's Monty Python animations (not to mention Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Gilliam's own Jabberwocky and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen). It also emerges as a sharp satire of war, human nature and of our very understanding of history itself.

DVD Special features:
• New HD digital transfer with restored picture and sound
• Booklet featuring a new essay on the film
• New and improved English subtitle translation • + more TBC

Czechoslovakia, 1964
Release date: 15 September 2014
BARCODE: 5060114150843
RRP: £12.99 BBFC cert: 12 tbc
Feature: 82 minutes Special features: tbc minutes Language: Czech; Subtitles: English

1964 San Francisco International Film Festival - Winner Best Picture / Best Director 1964 Addis Ababa IFF / Winner: Best Film
1969 Sitges International Film Festival / Winner: Best Film







15 Sep 2014


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