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14 Mar 2011

Larks on a String - DVD release

Shot Filmed in 1968 whilst Czechoslovakia enjoyed a brief moment of political liberalization, Larks on a String is a searing political comedy from director Jiří Menzel and writer Bohumil Hrabal.

Like their earlier Oscar-winning triumph Closely Observed Trains, it audaciously combines black humour with grim reality. Set in a scrap metal yard where political dissidents are interned to be re-educated, the film is both a powerful critique of totalitarianism and a celebration of the resilience of the human spirit.

By the time Larks on a String was completed, the Soviet invasion had restored a repressive Communist regime. The film was promptly banned and remained unseen until 1990, when it was finally released to great acclaim winning the grand prize at the Berlin Film Festival.

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A film by Jiří Menzel
Czechoslovakia, 1969
Release date: 14 March 2011
SECOND RUN DVD 057
BARCODE: 5060114150515
RRP: £12.99 BBFC cert: 15
Feature: 90 minutes Special Feature: 10 mins
Language: Czech
Subtitles: English
Winner: Golden Bear / Berlin Film Festival 1990

"This long-suppressed Czechoslovak film offers a trenchant blend of playfulness and political satire" Janet Maslin, New York Times

"Larks on a String looks totalitarianism straight in the eye and, instead of spitting, laughs" Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle

DVD Special features:
- Jiří Menzel: 7 Questions – an idiosyncratic reflection on the film and its history, newly shot by the director specially for this DVD release.
- All-new digital transfer with restored picture and sound.
- New English subtitle translation.
- Booklet featuring introduction by DoP Jaromír Šofr and new essay by author and film programmer Peter Hames.

For more info and/or press requests please contact Chris Barwick: chris.barwick@secondrundvd.com or 07805 818 154

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