Marketa Lazarová Film Still

Marketa Lazarová

František Vláčil

 
Marketa Lazarová (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • Czechoslovakia
  • 1967
  • 165 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 2.35:1
  • Czech, German
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  • Spine #661

In its native land, František Vláčil’s Marketa Lazarová has been hailed as the greatest Czech film ever made; for many U.S. viewers, it will be a revelation. Based on a novel by Vladislav Vančura, this stirring and poetic depiction of a feud between two rival medieval clans is a fierce, epic, and meticulously designed evocation of the clashes between Christianity and paganism, humankind and nature, love and violence. Vláčil’s approach was to re-create the textures and mentalities of a long-ago way of life, rather than to make a conventional historical drama, and the result is dazzling. With its inventive widescreen cinematography, editing, and sound design, Marketa Lazarová is an experimental action film.

Credits

DirectorFrantišek Vláčil
Produced byJosef Ouzký
Based on the novel byVladislav Vančura
ScreenplayFrantišek Pavlíček and František Vláčil
CinematographyBedřich Baťka
Film editingMiroslav Hájek
MusicZdeněk Liška
Art directorOldřich Okáč
Artistic collaboratorTheodor Pištěk

Disc Features

  • New, restored 4K digital film transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New interviews with actors Magda Vášáryová, Ivan Palúch, and Vlastimil Harapes and costume designer Theodor Pištěk
  • New interviews with film historian Peter Hames and journalist and film critic Antonín Liehm
  • In the Web of Time, a short documentary from 1989 by cinematographer František Uldrich, in which director František Vláčil discusses his filmmaking process
  • Interview with Universal Production Partners technical director Ivo Marák about the film’s restoration
  • Gallery of storyboards by Vláčil
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by film scholar Tom Gunning and translator Alex Zucker and a 1969 interview with Vláčil

Film Essays

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Markéta Lazarová: Vladislav Vančura and His Novel

By Alex Zucker June 26, 2013

On the life and work of the famous Czech author, and the pleasures and challenges of translating him. Read more »


Film Essays

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Cinema of the Wolf: The Mystery of Marketa Lazarová

By Tom Gunning June 19, 2013

Disorienting, brutal, and bloody beautiful, František Vláčil’s epic is a dark medieval vision teeming with cinematic invention. Read more »

Film Essays

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Markéta Lazarová: Vladislav Vančura and His Novel

By Alex Zucker June 26, 2013

On the life and work of the famous Czech author, and the pleasures and challenges of translating him. Read more »


Interviews


Film Essays

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Cinema of the Wolf: The Mystery of Marketa Lazarová

By Tom Gunning June 19, 2013

Disorienting, brutal, and bloody beautiful, František Vláčil’s epic is a dark medieval vision teeming with cinematic invention. Read more »


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