19 Mar 2007
The Party and the Guests & Romeo, Juliet and Darkness – DVD releases
First DVD releases of Czech films in the new year.
The Party and the Guests
(O slavnosti a hostech)
A film by Jan Němec, Czechoslovakia 1966.
Distinguished by being 'banned forever' in its native Czechoslovakia, Němec's film The Party and the Guests is perhaps the most politically dangerous film made during the flowering of the Czech cinema in the 1960s. Not only a biting allegory on totalitaria nism and an unflinching satire on conformity, its astute observations of human nature also make it an universally relevant film.
Voted as one of the best films of the 1960s by the New York Times critics, this will be the first ever release of the film on DVD.
"An acute piece of historical foresight, and a marvellous idea" - Time Out
Romeo, Juliet and Darkness
(Romeo, Julia a tma)
A film by Jiri Weiss, Czechoslovakia 1960.
" In this restrained and tragic love story, Weiss admirably captures the daily stress and consequences of living in fear." - The Guardian
Jiri Weiss was one of the generation that paved the way for the Czech New Wave of the 1960's. Romeo, Juliet and Darkness is a tragic love story about a student who hides a Jewish girl in his apartment attic in WWII Prague. Wonderfully shot in beautiful black and white photography the film examines th e consequences of a young man's act of compassion in the face of the Nazi occupation.
Both of these films should be available at the end of January 2007.
19 Mar 2007
Second Run DVD