František Vláčil

Marketa Lazarová

Marketa Lazarová

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.

Film Info

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

Special 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

Purchase Options

Special 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
Marketa Lazarová
Cast
Josef Kemr
Old Kozlík
Naďa Hejná
Kateřina
František Velecký
Mikoláš
Ivan Palúch
Adam
Pavla Polášková
Alexandra
Michal Kožúch
Lazar
Magda Vášáryová
Marketa
Harry Studt
Old Count Christian
Vlastimil Harapes
Young Christian
Zdeněk Kryzánek
Captain Beer
Zdeněk Řehoř
Sovička
Vladimír Menšik
Bernard
Zdeněk Štěpánek
Narrator
Credits
Director
František Vláčil
Produced by
Josef Ouzký
Based on the novel by
Vladislav Vančura
Screenplay
František Pavlíček
Screenplay
František Vláčil
Cinematography
Bedřich Baťka
Film editing
Miroslav Hájek
Music
Zdeněk Liška
Art director
Oldřich Okáč
Artistic collaborator
Theodor Pištěk

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