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Martyrs of Love, Pearls of the Deep

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Martyrs of Love

Martyrs of Love

Image courtesy of the National Film Archive, Prague

Martyrs of Love

Martyrs of Love

Image courtesy of the National Film Archive, Prague

Martyrs of Love

Martyrs of Love

Image courtesy of the National Film Archive, Prague

Pearls of the Deep

Pearls of the Deep

Image courtesy of the National Film Archive, Prague

Pearls of the Deep

Pearls of the Deep

Image courtesy of the National Film Archive, Prague

PEARLS OF THE DEEP

Martyrs of Love
Pearls of the Deep

(Jan Němec, 1967)
(Various directors, 1966)

Jan Němec and the Czechoslovak New Wave

Along with Milos Forman and Jiří Menzel, Jan Němec was one of the key figures of the Czechoslovak New Wave in the 1960s. Though heralded as an exciting new generation of filmmakers abroad, their work did not always garner immediate recognition due to state-controlled distribution and government censorship. With a conviction to create “a world independent of reality as it appears at the time,” Němec made only four feature films and a handful of shorts in his native country before he was banned from filmmaking after the Soviet Union quashed the Prague Spring in 1968.

Classics

Many classic films are just as powerful today as when they were first released. We add such films from many genres to our schedule throughout the season. Many are shown on the occasion of their rereleases, in fresh, new or restored prints.

Thu, Mar 20, 2014 7 PM

Martyrs of Love is a three-part ballad that often uses music in place of dialogue in celebrating its inhibited and unsuccessful protagonists—a gesture directly opposed to the elevation of industrious heroes in socialist aesthetics. (71 mins., 35mm) Considered a manifesto of the Czechoslovak New Wave, Pearls of the Deep is an anthology of five short films, each directed by one of the era’s rising directors: Věra Chytilová, Jaromil Jireš, Jiří Menzel, Němec, and Evald Schorm. Based on a book by Bohumil Hrabal (107 mins., 35mm)