Valerie and Her Week of Wonders Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

Jaromil Jireš

 
Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • Czechoslovakia
  • 1970
  • 76 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.37:1
  • Czech
  •  
  • Spine #761

A girl on the verge of womanhood finds herself in a sensual fantasyland of vampires, witchcraft, and other threats in this eerie and mystical movie daydream. Valerie and Her Week of Wonders serves up an endlessly looping, nonlinear fairy tale, set in a quasi-medieval landscape. Ravishingly shot, enchantingly scored, and spilling over with surreal fancies, this enticing phantasmagoria from director Jaromil Jireš is among the most beautiful oddities of the Czechoslovak New Wave.

Cast

ValerieJaroslava Schallerová
Elsa/Grandmother/MotherHelena Anyžová
EagletPetr Kopriva
PolecatJirí Prýmek
GraciánJan Klusák
Servant girl/NoviceLibuše Komancová
Ondrej the CoachmanKarel Engel
HedvikaAlena Stojáková
LandownerOtto Hradecký
Young fatherMartin Wielgus
Flower girlJirina Machalická
Young girlMichaela Klocová
Young girlZdenka Kovárová
Young girlBedriška Chalupská
MusicianRobert Nezval

Credits

DirectorJaromil Jireš
Produced byJirí Becka
Based on the novel byVítězslav Nezval
ScreenplayEster Krumbachová and Jaromil Jireš
DialogueJirí Musil
CinematographyJan Curík
Edited byJosef Valušiak
Production designEster Krumbachová
Art directorJan Oliva
Costume designEva Lackingerová
MusicLuboš Fišer
ConductorFrantišek Belfín
MakeupLadislav Bacílek
SoundEmil Poledník
Set designerJosef Calta
PropsVera Flašarová and Stépánka Koloušková
Camera operatorOldrich Hubácek

Disc Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Three early shorts by director Jaromil Jireš: Uncle (1959), Footprints (1960), and The Hall of Lost Footsteps (1960)
  • New interview with Czechoslovak film scholar Peter Hames
  • Interviews from 2006 with actors Jaroslava Schallerová and Jan Klusák
  • Alternate 2007 psych-folk soundtrack to the film by the Valerie Project, with a new video piece on the music’s origins
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Jana Prikryl

    New cover based on an original poster by Dot Graphics

Film Essays

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Valerie and Her Week of Wonders: Grandmother, What Big Fangs You Have!

By Jana Prikryl June 29, 2015

A film of hallucinatory lyricism, Jaromil Jireš’s film was one of the final and freest expressions of the rule-flouting New Wave movement in Czechoslovakia.
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Film Essays

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Valerie and Her Week of Wonders: Grandmother, What Big Fangs You Have!

By Jana Prikryl June 29, 2015

A film of hallucinatory lyricism, Jaromil Jireš’s film was one of the final and freest expressions of the rule-flouting New Wave movement in Czechoslovakia.
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