Marketa Lazarová Boxshot
Marketa Lazarová
Czechoslovakia 1967
Length / Main Feature: 159 minutes
Sound: Original mono (restored)
Black & White
OAR: 2.35:1 16x9 Enhanced
Language: Czech
Subtitles: English On/Off
PAL R0  
buyRRP: £12.99
Release Date: 3rd Dec 2007
Second Run DVD 017
Voted the best Czech film ever made, Marketa Lazarová is a powerful and passionate medieval epic set in the mid-13th Century. Based on avant-garde writer Vladislav Vancura's novel, it follows the rivalry between two warring clans, the Kozlíks and the Lazars, and the doomed love affair of Mikolás Kozlík and Marketa Lazarová.

Re-creating an authentic world and as reminiscent of Tarkovsky and Kurosawa as it is of the rich tapestry of Czech fiction, this ambitious and multi-layered film is the crowning achievement of Vlácil's career and one of the undiscovered cornerstones of world cinema.

This is the first-ever DVD release of Marketa Lazarová anywhere in the world.

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Special Features
- New digital transfer with restored image and sound.
- Anamorphic 16:9 enhanced for widescreen televisions.
- New and improved English subtitle translation.
- Optimal quality dual layer disc.
- Booklet featuring a new Essay on the film and Frantisek Vlácil by author/film programmer Peter Hames.

Main Cast and Crew
Josef Kemr - Old Kozlík
Frantisek Velecký - Mikolas
Magda Vásáryová - Marketa
Ivan Palúch - Adam
Pavla Polásková - Alexandra
Michal Kozuch - Lazar
Vladimír Mensík - Bernard
Zdenek Kryzánek - Pivo

Directed by Frantisek Vlácil

Screenplay - Frantisek Pavlícek and Frantisek Vlácil
Adapted from the novel by Vladislav Vancura
Cinematography - Bedrich Batka
Art Direction - Oldrich Okác
Music - Zdenek Liska
Editing - Miroslav Hájek
Sound - Frantisek Fabián

"Marketa Lazarová is without a doubt the best historical film ever made anywhere" Film Quarterly

"A stunning work" Variety

"... the most convincing film about the Middle Ages made anywhere" Sight & Sound, 75 Hidden Gems of Cinema

"... stark, daring and often astoundingly dynamic" Time Out

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