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Marketa Lazarová (1967)

Czechoslovakia 162m, B&W
Director: František Vláčil; Cast: Magda Vášáryová, Josef Kemr, František Velecký, Naďa Hejná, Jaroslav Moučka

marketa-lazarovaMarketa 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).

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4 comments on “Marketa Lazarová (1967)

  1. Joachim Boaz
    09/08/2016

    Hmm, I wanted to watch this…. But, incomprehensible?

    • Klaus
      09/09/2016

      Despite my initial reflections on this film, I actually do want to watch this again, if for nothing else, to figure what the hell was going on.

      I’m usually am up for a challenge, and will immediately re-watch a film that I don’t fully understand. This one is one of those films, but at three hours in length, and with 50 odd films left in my 1001 list, I decided to let this one get the better of me – for the time being 🙂

      • Joachim Boaz
        09/09/2016

        As someone who has read your reviews for years now, I definitely understand your willingness to step out of normal viewing patterns and tackle the hard ones… So yeah, I trust that this really did present something of a bewildering experience.

  2. Klaus
    09/09/2016

    If you see it before i re-watch it, i’d be very interested in knowing what you make of it. It’s a stunningly good looking film, and one that I want to like – which is why i will eventually give it another go.

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