Eclipse Series 32: Pearls of the Czech New Wave Eclipse Series 32: Pearls of the Czech New Wave

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With a wicked sense of humor and a healthy streak of surrealism, a group of fearless directors—including eventual Oscar winners Miloš Forman and Ján Kadár—began to use film to speak out about the hypocrisy and absurdity of the Communist state. A defining work was the 1966 omnibus film <i>Pearls of the Deep,</i> which introduced five of the movement’s essential voices: Věra Chytilová, Jaromil Jireš, Jiří Menzel, Jan Němec, and Evald Schorm. This series presents that title, along with five other crucial works that followed close on its heels, one from each of those filmmakers—some dazzlingly experimental, some arrestingly realistic, all singular expressions from a remarkable time and place.</p> </div> <!-- END CONTENT_BLOCK --> </div> <!-- END RIGHT_COLUMN --> </div> <!-- END SYNOPSIS --> </div> <div class="newfilm_header clear"> <h2>Collector’s Set Includes</h2> </div> <div class="collectorssetincludes contentbox lightgray"> <div class="left_column"> <a href="http://www.criterion.com/films/27858-pearls-of-the-deep"><img alt="Pearls of the Deep box cover" height="141" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/product_images/1485-5396202bb0e00df41617e158f8800f4e/PearlsoftheDeep_box_w100.jpg" width="100" /></a> <br /> </div> <!-- END LEFT_COLUMN --> <div class="right_column more_content"> <div class="content_block last"> <div class="entry"> <h4 class="darkgray"><a href="http://www.criterion.com/films/27858-pearls-of-the-deep">Pearls of the Deep</a></h4> <p class="small"><span class="author"><a href="/people/1606-jiri-menzel">Jiří Menzel</a>, <a href="/people/118973-vera-chytilova">Věra Chytilová</a>, <a href="/people/118974-jaromil-jires">Jaromil Jireš</a>&hellip;</span> 1966</p> <p>A manifesto of sorts for the Czech New Wave, this five-part anthology shows off the breadth of expression and the versatility of the movement’s directors.</p> </div> <!-- END ENTRY --> </div> <!-- END CONTENT_BLOCK --> </div> <!-- END RIGHT_COLUMN --> <hr /> <div class="left_column"> <a href="http://www.criterion.com/films/27854-daisies"><img alt="Daisies box cover" height="141" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/product_images/1488-d74ef727ae8136e201cf8086a18a7da1/DaisiesReport_box_w100.jpg" width="100" /></a> <br /> </div> <!-- END LEFT_COLUMN --> <div class="right_column more_content"> <div class="content_block last"> <div class="entry"> <h4 class="darkgray"><a href="http://www.criterion.com/films/27854-daisies">Daisies</a></h4> <p class="small"><span class="author"><a href="/people/118973-vera-chytilova">Věra Chytilová</a></span> 1966</p> <p><em>Daisies</em> is an aesthetically and politically adventurous film that’s widely considered one of the great works of feminist cinema.</p> </div> <!-- END ENTRY --> </div> <!-- END CONTENT_BLOCK --> </div> <!-- END RIGHT_COLUMN --> <hr /> <div class="left_column"> <a href="http://www.criterion.com/films/27877-a-report-on-the-party-and-guests"><img alt="A Report on the Party and Guests box cover" height="141" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/product_images/1494-d74ef727ae8136e201cf8086a18a7da1/DaisiesReport_box_w100.jpg" width="100" /></a> <br /> </div> <!-- END LEFT_COLUMN --> <div class="right_column more_content"> <div class="content_block last"> <div class="entry"> <h4 class="darkgray"><a href="http://www.criterion.com/films/27877-a-report-on-the-party-and-guests">A Report on the Party and Guests</a></h4> <p class="small"><span class="author"><a href="/people/118976-jan-nemec">Jan Němec</a></span> 1966</p> <p>In Jan Němec’s surreal fable, a picnic is rudely transformed into a lesson in political hierarchy when a handful of mysterious authority figures show up.</p> </div> <!-- END ENTRY --> </div> <!-- END CONTENT_BLOCK --> </div> <!-- END RIGHT_COLUMN --> <hr /> <div class="left_column"> <a href="http://www.criterion.com/films/27859-return-of-the-prodigal-son"><img alt="Return of the Prodigal Son box cover" height="141" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/product_images/1491-def9fb9271a6b04eadb8a9e38ec25e19/ReturnProdigalSon_box_w100.jpg" width="100" /></a> <br /> </div> <!-- END LEFT_COLUMN --> <div class="right_column more_content"> <div class="content_block last"> <div class="entry"> <h4 class="darkgray"><a href="http://www.criterion.com/films/27859-return-of-the-prodigal-son">Return of the Prodigal Son</a></h4> <p class="small"><span class="author"><a href="/people/118977-evald-schorm">Evald Schorm</a></span> 1967</p> <p>This raw psychological drama about an engineer unable to adjust to the world around him following his suicide attempt is at heart a scathing portrait of social alienation and moral compromise.</p> </div> <!-- END ENTRY --> </div> <!-- END CONTENT_BLOCK --> </div> <!-- END RIGHT_COLUMN --> <hr /> <div class="left_column"> <a href="http://www.criterion.com/films/27852-capricious-summer"><img alt="Capricious Summer box cover" height="141" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/product_images/1497-3ea3cec1802667694e06bb61e29ebdf7/CapriciousJoke_box_w100.jpg" width="100" /></a> <br /> </div> <!-- END LEFT_COLUMN --> <div class="right_column more_content"> <div class="content_block last"> <div class="entry"> <h4 class="darkgray"><a href="http://www.criterion.com/films/27852-capricious-summer">Capricious Summer</a></h4> <p class="small"><span class="author"><a href="/people/1606-jiri-menzel">Jiří Menzel</a></span> 1968</p> <p>Two years after his worldwide hit <em>Closely Watched Trains,</em> Jiří Menzel directed this amusing idyll about three middle-aged men whose mellow summer is interrupted by the arrival of a circus performer and his beautiful assistant.</p> </div> <!-- END ENTRY --> </div> <!-- END CONTENT_BLOCK --> </div> <!-- END RIGHT_COLUMN --> <hr /> <div class="left_column"> <a href="http://www.criterion.com/films/27856-the-joke"><img alt="The Joke box cover" height="141" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/product_images/1500-3ea3cec1802667694e06bb61e29ebdf7/CapriciousJoke_box_w100.jpg" width="100" /></a> <br /> </div> <!-- END LEFT_COLUMN --> <div class="right_column more_content"> <div class="content_block last"> <div class="entry"> <h4 class="darkgray"><a href="http://www.criterion.com/films/27856-the-joke">The Joke</a></h4> <p class="small"><span class="author"><a href="/people/118974-jaromil-jires">Jaromil Jireš</a></span> 1969</p> <p>Jaromil Jireš’s brilliant adaptation of Milan Kundera’s novel tells the fragmentary tale of a man expelled from the Communist Party because of a political joke.</p> </div> <!-- END ENTRY --> </div> <!-- END CONTENT_BLOCK --> </div> <!-- END RIGHT_COLUMN --> </div> <!-- END COLLECTORS'S SET INCLUDES --> <!-- No Current posts slab for now --> <div class="tabbed my_criterion clear"> <!-- START MY CRITERION --> <div class="newfilm_header"> <h2>My Criterion</h2> <ul> <li class="active"> <a href="javascript:void(0)" class="tab_1" title="Notes">NOTES<br /> (24)</a> <div class="tip"></div> </li> <li > <a href="javascript:void(0)" class="tab_2" title="Lists">LISTS<br /> (25)</a> <div class="tip"></div> </li> <li> <a href="javascript:void(0)" class="tab_3" title="Collections">COLLECTIONS<br /> (520)</a> <div class="tip"></div> </li> </ul> <div class="clear"></div> </div> <div class="tab tab_1 notes active"> <div class="item note"> <a href="http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/133077-brian-j" class="user-photo"><img alt="Lonesome_film_w160" height="90" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/stills/132044-62526716193e1cca13c3c0c3810e83f8/Lonesome_Film_w160.jpg" width="160" /></a> <a href="http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/133077-brian-j/collection?open_item=2184609" class="list-block"></a> <p><a href="http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/133077-brian-j/collection?open_item=2184609" class="item-note">“Hollywood only wishes it could produce films this good. All are like unusual dreams that you don't really want to wake up from. Daisies is a standout.”</a></p> <h4><a href="http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/133077-brian-j">Brian-J</a></h4> </div> <div class="item note"> <a href="http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/93267-drew-n" class="user-photo"><img alt="Czech_filmw_daisies_w160" height="90" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/product_images/1531-902bcef2b6d871bff7e60ef39a0e9e2d/Czech_Filmw_Daisies_w160.jpeg" width="160" /></a> <a href="http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/93267-drew-n/collection?open_item=731538" class="list-block"></a> <p><a href="http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/93267-drew-n/collection?open_item=731538" class="item-note">“Loved both Daisies and A Report on the Party and the Guests. In the former, it was great to see youth wreaking havoc. The latter, an indictment. Great”</a></p> <h4><a href="http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/93267-drew-n">Drew-N</a></h4> </div> <div class="item note"> <a href="http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/58180-nakedbrunch" class="user-photo"><img alt="Film_761_valerieweekwonders_w160" height="90" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/stills/132291-5dbb547af90df1dc979557332f337b74/Film_761_ValerieWeekWonders_w160.jpg" width="160" /></a> <a href="http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/58180-nakedbrunch/collection?open_item=707165" class="list-block"></a> <p><a href="http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/58180-nakedbrunch/collection?open_item=707165" class="item-note">“this is a wonderful set! i was excited just to finally have a copy of daisies...now if criterion would just release valerie and her week of wonders...”</a></p> <h4><a href="http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/58180-nakedbrunch">nakedbrunch</a></h4> </div> <div class="item note"> <a href="http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/48640-batzomon" class="user-photo"><img alt="Film_728w_sundaysandcybele_w160" height="90" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/stills/132251-0d217b8c5d0647ca1cbb2a0d38c4daa3/Film_728w_SundaysAndCybele_w160.jpg" width="160" /></a> <a href="http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/48640-batzomon/collection?open_item=1797861" class="list-block"></a> <p><a href="http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/48640-batzomon/collection?open_item=1797861" class="item-note">“Daisies may be the most famous film on here, but all these pearls should be observed for the crystalline mastery in a new time for a very old people.”</a></p> <h4><a href="http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/48640-batzomon">Batzomon</a></h4> </div> <div class="item note"> <a href="http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/26286-futurestar" class="user-photo"><img alt="Film_500w_rosstrilogy_w160" height="90" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/product_images/930-8ed83e54fa2f44c3e4d6a631976e2cb8/Film_500w_RossTrilogy_w160.jpg" width="160" /></a> <a href="http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/26286-futurestar/collection?open_item=706335" class="list-block"></a> <p><a href="http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/26286-futurestar/collection?open_item=706335" class="item-note">“5 directors of same creative era - each gives a short & feature film. the most substantial eclipse series while also being most misunderstood. great.”</a></p> <h4><a href="http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/26286-futurestar">futurestar</a></h4> </div> <div class="view_more" id="notes-Product-870-2"> <a href="javascript:void(0)">View More</a><img alt="Small-loading-gray-bg" class="loading" src="http://d2ffltj98nrzzh.cloudfront.net/assets/shared/small-loading-gray-bg-a31f1e60d56c52b518621ec61e8407f2.gif" style="display: none;" /> </div> </div> <div class="tab tab_2 lists "> <div class="item list"> <a href="http://www.criterion.com/lists/77878-really-really-really-want" class="user-photo"><img alt="Janusboxsetstill_w160" height="90" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/product_images/123-4ad1ad3043ddb6214ba69121cb518b66/Janusboxsetstill_w160.png" width="160" /></a> <a href="http://www.criterion.com/lists/77878-really-really-really-want" class="list-block"></a> <h3><a href="http://www.criterion.com/lists/77878-really-really-really-want">Really Really Really Want</a></h3> <h4>by <a href="http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/89766-syd-tierney">Syd Tierney</a></h4> <p class="updated">Updated 02/04/2013</p> </div> <div class="item list"> <a href="http://www.criterion.com/lists/293246-criterion-closet-dvd-picks" class="user-photo"><img alt="Film_gomorrah_w160" height="90" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/stills/39191-a74a92f66ca3e0b9ff848c2a2db6f918/film_gomorrah_w160.jpg" width="160" /></a> <a href="http://www.criterion.com/lists/293246-criterion-closet-dvd-picks" class="list-block"></a> <h3><a href="http://www.criterion.com/lists/293246-criterion-closet-dvd-picks">Criterion Closet DVD Picks</a></h3> <h4>by <a href="http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/165467-newsnayr">Newsnayr</a></h4> <p class="updated">Updated 06/24/2015</p> </div> <div class="item list"> <a href="http://www.criterion.com/lists/116259-fav-criterion-discoveries-july-dec-12" class="user-photo"><img alt="Film_598w_worldonwire_w160" height="90" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/stills/131553-f6ee80f84c4105ea1d407ba3e646f410/Film_598w_WorldOnWire_w160.jpg" width="160" /></a> <a href="http://www.criterion.com/lists/116259-fav-criterion-discoveries-july-dec-12" class="list-block"></a> <h3><a href="http://www.criterion.com/lists/116259-fav-criterion-discoveries-july-dec-12">Fav. 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DVD Box Set

4 Discs

SRP: $69.95

Criterion Store price:$55.96

Box Set Info

Of all the cinematic New Waves that broke over the world in the 1960s, the one in Czechoslovakia was among the most fruitful, fascinating, and radical. With a wicked sense of humor and a healthy streak of surrealism, a group of fearless directors—including eventual Oscar winners Miloš Forman and Ján Kadár—began to use film to speak out about the hypocrisy and absurdity of the Communist state. A defining work was the 1966 omnibus film Pearls of the Deep, which introduced five of the movement’s essential voices: Věra Chytilová, Jaromil Jireš, Jiří Menzel, Jan Němec, and Evald Schorm. This series presents that title, along with five other crucial works that followed close on its heels, one from each of those filmmakers—some dazzlingly experimental, some arrestingly realistic, all singular expressions from a remarkable time and place.

Collector’s Set Includes

Pearls of the Deep box cover

Pearls of the Deep

Eclipse Series 32: Pearls of the Czech New Wave (Eclipse DVD) 1966

A manifesto of sorts for the Czech New Wave, this five-part anthology shows off the breadth of expression and the versatility of the movement’s directors.


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Daisies

Jiří Menzel, Věra Chytilová, Jaromil Jireš 1966

Daisies is an aesthetically and politically adventurous film that’s widely considered one of the great works of feminist cinema.


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A Report on the Party and Guests

Věra Chytilová 1966

In Jan Němec’s surreal fable, a picnic is rudely transformed into a lesson in political hierarchy when a handful of mysterious authority figures show up.


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Return of the Prodigal Son

Jan Němec 1967

This raw psychological drama about an engineer unable to adjust to the world around him following his suicide attempt is at heart a scathing portrait of social alienation and moral compromise.


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Capricious Summer

Evald Schorm 1968

Two years after his worldwide hit Closely Watched Trains, Jiří Menzel directed this amusing idyll about three middle-aged men whose mellow summer is interrupted by the arrival of a circus performer and his beautiful assistant.


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The Joke

Jiří Menzel 1969

Jaromil Jireš’s brilliant adaptation of Milan Kundera’s novel tells the fragmentary tale of a man expelled from the Communist Party because of a political joke.

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