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Best post-1990 Czech films?

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Best post-1990 Czech films?

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Post by Ivan0716 » January 6th, 2019, 7:09 pm

I'm looking to explore Czech cinema beyond the communist era, I've seen 3 in total: Wild Flowers (2000), Fair Play (2014) and I, Olga Hepnarova (2016), and have very little idea where to look other than the big new wavers who carried on their work into the late-20th/21st century like Chytilova and Menzel, but even they've been very hit and miss for me in the past. Would appreciate any suggestions on where to start or just dump a few of your favourites.

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Post by St. Gloede » January 6th, 2019, 7:34 pm

I strongly recommend the late films of Jan Svankmajer, which continue to be as unsettlingly absurd, building unique surreal worlds. Little Otik might be his best film, with Sileni and Surviving Life, absolutely fantastic

I would also recommend the dark animated film Alois Nebel and the mockuntary band film Year of the Devil.

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Post by Ivan0716 » January 6th, 2019, 8:04 pm

Oh, Svankmajer is a good call, I do enjoy his shorts, but haven't seen any of his features. I think I'll start with Spiklenci slasti, since that one's fairly short.

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Post by St. Gloede » January 6th, 2019, 8:42 pm

If the 90s are on the table as well I would also cheat an recommend Kachyna's 1991 film The Last Butterfly (slightly cheating as it is still Czechoslovakian).

Conspirators of Pleasure is not among the top tier for Svankmajer, but it is perhaps the closest to the style he uses in his shorts. Ignoring the topic his 1988 feature debut Alice is also fantastic, and under 90 minutes. Regardless, hope you enjoy, and this is a good reminder for me as I still haven't seen his 2018 film, Insect.

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Post by monty » January 6th, 2019, 9:25 pm

A few post-1990s Czech films I enjoyed:

Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále AKA I Served the King of England [2006] - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0284363/
Tmavomodrý svet AKA Dark Blue World [2001] - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0244479/
Divided We Fall (2000) - https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/musime+si+pomahat/
Kuky se vrací AKA Kooky [2010] - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1630603/
Fimfárum Jana Wericha (2002) - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0299878/

As for the 90s, please sample these:
Kolya https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116790/
Pelísky AKA Cozy Dens [1999] - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0167331/
Jízda [1994] - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110202/

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Post by mjf314 » January 7th, 2019, 8:30 am

I recommend Surviving Life (Theory and Practice) (my favorite Svankmajer feature film), and I recommend Fimfárum Jana Wericha.

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Post by Ivan0716 » January 7th, 2019, 9:19 pm

Thanks guy, will check those out.

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Post by fear of 13 » January 10th, 2019, 8:35 am

Don't forget Svankmajer's Faust.

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Post by burneyfan » January 10th, 2019, 1:00 pm

A lot of Jan Hrebejk's films are good. (Monty mentioned at least two.)

If you like westerns at all, Je treba zabít Sekala is a Czech movie that feels a lot like a western, with a cynical edge.

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