in about 100 words or less
Czechoslovakia 162m, B&W
Director: František Vláčil; Cast: Magda Vášáryová, Josef Kemr, František Velecký, Naďa Hejná, Jaroslav Moučka
Marketa Lazarová is a nearly incomprehensible historical drama set in medieval Europe. Epic in scale, with engaging images, this is a story involving three warring factions which eventually comes together around the fate of a young daughter of a feudal lord who is kidnapped by a neighboring group of marauders. Presented in chapters, perhaps following the 1931 novel of the same name, much of this lengthy production contains dialogue which seems to be delivered by characters outside of the frame, further muddling any understanding of this challenging film (Klaus Ming September 2016).