František Vláčil (Czech Republic)

Pressed to name the notable figures of the Czech New Wave, few critics would cite [Frantisek] Vláčil among such better-known directors as Jiří Menzel, Milos Forman, Jan Němec, and Ivan Passer. Arguably, Vláčil approached life under communism less directly than his peers, preferring symbolic narratives set in the Middle Ages or in the more recent past under Nazi occupation. Nonetheless, his films reflect the complex cultural and linguistic tapestry of the country’s politically divided history and identity.

Both lyrical and naturalistic, his work is infused with moral conviction, viewing present evils as manifestations of eternal conflicts. - Artforum

Filmography

  • Mage
    1987
  • Albert
    1985
  • Shades of Fern
    1984
  • The Little Shepherd Boy from the Valley
    1983
  • Serpent's Poison
    1981
  • Concert at the End of Summer
    1979
  • Shadows of a Hot Summer
    1977
  • Smoke on the Potato Fields
    1976
  • Sirius
    1974
  • The Legend of the Silver Fir
    1973
  • Adelheid
    1969
  • Marketa Lazarová
    1967
  • The Valley of the Bees
    1967
  • The Devil's Trap
    1961
  • The White Dove
    1960
  • Clouds of Glass
    1958

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