THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMASS FAIRYTALE CLASSIC! English subtitles
Every family in the Czech republic and other countries watches this treasure fairytale on a Christmas day over and over again, year by year, generation after generation. Why? It is funny, frisky, romantic and brilliant movie for the whole family with amazing music, great actors and unforgetable snowy atmosphere.
Considered as the most beautiful and popular Czech fairytale ever filmed. The film stars admirable Libuse Safrankova as the title character, a young woman who is put upon by her stepmother and stepsisters. The film employs a twist, though, when a handsome prince comes knocking. Cinderella does not simply fall into the prince’s arms. In this version, he must actively pursue the young woman who is a skilled sharpshooter prone to wearing hunting outfits. Cinderella also has three wishes at her disposal, gained from three magic nuts.
Honza was born in 1974 into the cheerless era of socialism in Czechoslovakia. At that time, his parents Jana and Petr lived in one room in the apartment of Jana’s divorced mother and her widowed grandmother. A few years later, the family moved from Prague to Liberec where Petr found a job and a little house for the family. When Honza was born, his father began writing a family chronicle and he has continued to do so for 37 years. “Private Universe” show not only the life of one ordinary family, but also how the Czech society has changed in last four decades. Who are we, where do we come from and where do we go?
Helena Trestikova is the author of 10 episodes from the series Women on the Brink of the New Millennium, intimate portraits of both successful women and women on the social periphery. The tragic story of a girl named Katka who believes that joy and happiness can be applied through a hypodermic needle.
A squad of agents is selected, trained and then parachuted into Czechoslovakia. The team operated in Prague and planned the attack for about six months. The mission is successfully executed in the capital on May 27, 1942 by means of an ambush, but almost fails at a crucial moment when one of their Sten guns jams and they are obliged to use a grenade instead. Heydrich eventually succumbs to his wounds, but during the frenzied aftermath, the group is betrayed by one of its members and they are cornered in a church crypt in Prague. In the gun-battle that follows, all but two of the agents are killed. The remaining ones commit suicide. The German high command takes savage reprisals, including the massacre of 340 men, women and children from the village of Lidice and the razing of the village.
The film is absolutely astounding! It is not often that you see a film that really entertains you, and leaves your expectations completely surpassed. The plot moves forward with the speed, precision, and intensity of a Robert Ludlum story. The actors are perfect in their roles and in their interactions with one another. The actor who most stands out is Siegfried Loyda, as the terrifying epitome of Nazism, Heydrich. The cinematography creates a bleak and Gothic look that is extremely powerful, and has not become dated at all. The music is incredibly exhilarating, and the use of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony in the end of the film is enough to give one goosebumps.
The action and suspense is incredibly intense. The siege in the church at the very end will impress even the most jaded of movie viewers. It is perfect for anyone who wants to see a good action/espionage film or a captivating and accurate historical film.
Fogi is enjoying his never ending puberty. But simultaneously Fogi is also trying to live up to his family duties and bring up Véna, his son from the first marriage. He did not get married again but lives with Jana, a post office employee. Together they have little Anicka and they all live in a flat in a small town. At first, Jana is trying to tolerate Fogi’s moods, but her patience is running out. Fogi loses his job. On top of that he starts to see himself in his adolescent son and realizes with horror that Véna repeats his own mistakes. The first fights, bans and mutual misunderstandings are approaching.
Brilliant miniseries about one of the darkest times of the history of Czechoslovakia!
Burning Bush is a three-part mini-series created for HBO by world-renowned Polish director Agnieszka Holland. Based on real characters and events, this haunting drama focuses on the personal sacrifice of a Prague history student, Jan Palach, who set himself on fire in protest against the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1969. Dagmar Buresová, a young female lawyer, became part of his legacy by defending Jan’s family in a trial against the communist government, a regime which tried to dishonour Palach’s sacrifice, a heroic action for the freedom of Czechoslovakia.
Extras include music video and a very good 30 minute making of, subtitled in English.
Želary – remastered blu-ray. Best version available anywhere! With English and German subtitles. German dubbing also available.
A nurse and her surgeon-lover are part of a resistance movement in 1940s Czechoslovakia. When they are discovered, her lover flees and she must find a place to hide. A patient whose life she saved, a man from a remote mountain village where time stopped 150 years ago, agrees to hide her as his wife.
Set in May 1943 when the Germans, under the guise of a protectorate, occupied Bohemia and Moravia, Aliska (Ana Geislerova), a student in Prague, works as a nurse in a provincial hospital after the Nazis close the universities. As the film opens, she is having an affair with Richard (Ivan Trojan), a successful surgeon. Both are members of the Czech resistance movement along with their superior at the hospital. When a planned underground operation fails, Richard is forced to emigrate and Eliska is given a new identity and safe passage to live out the war in the mountain village of Zelary with Joza (Gyorgy Cserhalmi), a patient at the hospital whose life was saved by Eliska’s blood donation.
Mr. Vrana works as a manager of a bookstore. He has got small salary but his family must live modestly. But once he is considered as a waiter in a restaurant and someone has paid him the bill, he decides to start earning money this way. Several times a week he disguises as a waiter and walks to the pubs to collect money. He makes his family think that he plays on a violin in pubs. The police is unable to catch him, so other waiters decide to catch him by themselves. They find him, but the fake waiter escapes away. Police is informed by fake waiter’s neighbor and next day he is captured in his bookstore, where they find him thanks to the same signature with the fake waiter.
Fantastic Pedal Blimps Fly The Skies! – Four-Footed Machines In Incredible Sea Battle!
A cult movie based on three of Jules Verne’s novels. Considering the special effects and computer enhanced animation of today, this movie stands as an historic marker of cinematic resourcefulness and imagination. Karel Zeman has brought to life the lithographic images of the original Jules Verne texts. This is a must see for classic science fiction and history buffs.
Some people with a strange cat arrive in a small village. The cat wears glasses, and when someone takes them off, she can colour people, according to their nature and mood. The grown-ups of the village consider the cat to be dangerous, but the kids just love her…
This first Czech musical comedy deals with adolescent morality and bureaucracy without being heavy handed. Under school supervision, a group of pre-teen boys and girls are busy picking hops. One might expect a ‘communist musical’ but it is more a love story. One boy (Vladimír Pucholt) who seeks privacy builds a secret hideaway in an attic. When a schoolgirl (Ivana Pavlová) finds him in his retreat, innocent puppy-love blossoms, but a jealous classmate (Miloš Zavadil) tells the teacher (Irena Kačírková) about the two friends, and they are suspended from school. The boy and girl accept their punishment and form an even stronger bond. The two leave the school together while their classmates ostracize the jealous informant.