Pearls of the Deep Pearls of the Deep
  • Czechoslovakia
  • 1966
  • 107 minutes
  • Color, Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Czech
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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. Based on stories by the legendary writer Bohumil Hrabal, the shorts range from the surreally chilling to the caustically observant to the casually romantic, but all have a cutting, wily view of the world.

Cast

Mother (“Mr. Baltazar’s Death”)Pavla Marsálková
Father (“Mr. Baltazar’s Death”)Ferdinand Krůta
Cripple (“Mr. Baltazar’s Death”)Alois Vachek
Singer (“The Impostors”)Milos Cirnácty
Journalist (“The Impostors”)František Havel
Barber (“The Impostors”)Josef Hejl
Undertaker (“The Impostors”)Jan Vašák
Mother (“The House of Joy”)Josefa Pechlátová
Painter (“The House of Joy”)Václav Zák
Agent (“The House of Joy”) and Gaston Košilka (“Romance”)Ivan Vyskocil
Agent (“The House of Joy”)Antonin Pokorny
Bride (“The Restaurant the World”)Vera Mrázková
Artist (“The Restaurant the World”)Vladimír Boudník
Bartender (“The Restaurant the World”)Alzběta Laštovková
Margitka (“Romance”)Dana Valtová
Guard (“Romance”)Karel Jerábek

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Eclipse Series 32: Pearls of the Czech New Wave

By Michael KoreskyApril 25, 2012

Five remarkable filmmakers—Věra Chytilová, Jaromil Jireš, Jiří Menzel, Jan Němec, and Evald . . . Read more »