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New Releases

Escape from the 'Liberty' Cinema
(Ucieczka z kina 'Wolność')

A film by Wojciech Marczewski
Poland, 1990

"A complex, allusive and profound examination of the nature and extensive effects of censorship" The Arts Shelf

Adapting the premise of Woody Allen’s The Purple Rose of Cairo to late 1980s Poland, Marczewski’s anti-totalitarian satire is a darkly comic examination of censorship.

Directed by one of Poland’s leading intellectual - and much censored - filmmakers, this multi-award winning feature is a key film of the seismic political changes of 1989, and an enthusiastic manifesto for the freedom of the artist - and ultimately, of all humanity.

Release Date: January 2016


The Czecholsovak New Wave Collection Volume II
Films by
Miloš Forman, Jan Němec, Jiří Menzel

Czechoslovakia, 1965 - 69

"The Czech New Wave is perhaps one of the richest cinemas of the 20th century...
A generation of Czech filmmakers gave us some of the most ingenious, original, innovative and most beautiful films in the entire history of cinema" MUBI

Comprising three extraordinary features from a golden age of Eastern European cinema which came to be known as the 'Czechoslovak New Wave'.
These three integral works of that most creative period were made in the most difficult of circumstances under the gaze of Government censors, yet achieved a miraculous and subversive marriage of content and form. Now, fifty years on, the films remain as remarkable as ever.

3 x DVD set includes:
A Blonde in Love / Lásky jedné plavovlásky
(Miloš Forman, 1965)

The Party and the Guests / O slavnosti a hostech
(Jan Němec, 1966)

Larks on a String / Skřivánci na niti
(Jiří Menzel, 1969)

Release Date: December 2015


New Releases

All My Good Countrymen
(Všichni dobří rodáci)
A film by Vojtěch Jasný
Czechoslovakia, 1968

“It’s rare to see such sincere empathy in cinema... revealing itself as one of Second Run DVD’s finest and most user-friendly releases” David Jenkins, Little White Lies

Hailed "the spiritual father of the Czech New Wave" by Miloš Forman, Vojtěch Jasný is one of that movement’s leading lights – and his autobiographical All My Good Countrymen is one of the wonders of that miraculous era of Czech filmmaking.

Available for the first time ever in the UK, the DVD presents the film from a superb new high definition digital transfer, and also includesVojtěch Jasný's 1969 short film Bohemian Rhapsody (Česká rapsodie) and a booklet featuring a new essay on the film by author and Czech cinema expert Peter Hames.

Release Date: November 2015


Dragon’s Return
(Drak sa vracia)
A film by Eduard Grečner
Czechoslovakia, 1967

"An intersection between modern art and folk culture... an eternal ballad about the essence of life" Peter Hames

A key film from Slovak cinema’s golden era, Eduard Grečner's Dragon's Return is a radical fusion of ancient folklore and experimental modernism - and an exciting rediscovery.

Shot in luminous monochrome, and enhanced by an extraordinary score from Ilja Zeljenka, Grečner's haunting film is a work of brooding atmosphere and rich physicality.

The DVD presents the film from a superb new high definition digital transfer, and also includes a new filmed introduction by Czech and Slovak cinema expert Peter Hames and a booklet featuring a new essay on the film by author and academic Jonathan Owen.

Release Date: August 2015


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