Czech director Frantisek Vlacil followed no movement and adhered to no dogma. His quiet films of poetic beauty and poignant storytelling were distinct from both the sanctioned directors of his communist homeland and the Czech New Wave that rebelled against it. As such, he has fallen through the cracks of film history to be resurrected by this special two-pack. ADELHEID is a star-crossed love story about a WWII Czech soldier who falls in love with his German servant, while THE WHITE DOVE follows the tale of an injured racing pigeon who is nurtured back to health by a frail boy. Both are visually impressive, remarkably modern in approach, and hauntingly poignant.
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The Haunting Cinema of Frantisek Vlacil: Adelheid / The White Dove
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(Sep 28, 2010)
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By Alfredo R. Villanueva on September 14, 2014
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I bought these two films separately, and have reviewed "The White Dove" by itself. "Adelhaide" is just as good, but unfortunately much sadder. Its protagonist, Petr Cepek, plays a Czech soldier suffering from ulcers and depression brought on by his war experiences. He is allowed to take over a house to live by himself. A girl, the daughter of a prominent Nazi,is assigned to him as his servant. Eventually he falls in love, but cannot prevent the tragedy that ensues when her brother, whom she has been protecting, returns home. This was the first color film for director Frantisek Vlacil. whose"Marketa Lazarova" was voted the best Czech film of all time. "In the Valley of the Bees" rounds up what is available from Vlacil on DVD, region 1. He is worth collecting.
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