Scene from the film The Valley of the Bees
Scene from the film The Valley of the Bees
Scene from the film The Valley of the Bees
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The Valley of the Bees

  • Czech Republic
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The Valley of the Bees came about as a result of efforts to reuse the props and costumes from the director’s previous opus, Marketa Lazarová – hitherto the most expensive Czechoslovak film of all time. It is highly philosophical; a non-romanticised view of the Middle Ages, which, instead of on battle scenes, focuses on its characters - a young aristocrat, a part of the Knights Order since childhood, who escapes the castle where he grew up indoctrinated and travels with his companion. Authorities viewed certain elements as controversial and a different, shorter version aired on TV. Though not very popular at the time of its release, today the film is a Czechoslovak classic.

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  • Original title
    Údolí včel
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Vladimír Körner, František Vláčil
  • Cast
    Petr Čepek, Jan Kačer, Zdeněk Kryzánek, Věra Galatíková, Miroslav Macháček, Josef Somr, Václav Kotva, Josef Kotapiš, Petr Sedlák….
  • DOP
    František Uldrich
  • Editing
    Miroslav Hájek
  • Music
    Zdeněk Liška
  • Duration
    97 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Czech Republic
  • Colour
    • Black & White
  • Distribution
      • Národní filmový archiv
      • Závišova 502/5
      • 14000 Praha 4
      • Czech Republic
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