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28 Oct 2013

Second Run double bill release: The White Dove and Josef Kilian

Second Run DVD present a unique double bill of two early works now regarded as two of the main precursors of the Czechoslovak New Wave, Frantisek Vlacil's 'The White Dove' (Holubice) and a film by Pavel Juracek and Jan Schmidt 'Josef Kilian' (Postava k podpirani).

The debut feature of master filmmaker František Vláčil (Marketa Lazarová; The Valley of the Bees) The White Dove’s straightforward narrative belies complex themes and striking visual imagery. A young boy injures and then nurses a white dove back to health so that it can continue its journey home. Echoing Ken Loach’s film Kes, and with music by the great Zdenek Liška, the film emerges as a work of great poetry and humanism.

“A bold and striking debut”

Sight & Sound

“As beautifully conceived as any European movie of the ’60s”
Village Voice

The surrealist masterpiece Josef Kilián (making its world-première release on DVD) is a dark and absurdly humorous, biting allegory of life under a totalitarian regime. Inspired by the grotesque nightmares of Franz Kafka and another icon of Czech literature, the anti-militarist, anti-authoritarian Jaroslav Hasek, the film was "banned forever" after the Soviet invasion of 1968. Having made only four films, and despite being the author of the screenplays for Daisies, Ikarie XB1 and A Jester’s Tale, Juráček remains one of the Czechoslovak New Wave’s most neglected artists.




28 Oct 2013


Second Run DVD

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