A manifesto for a new generation of young filmmakers, Pearls of the Deep is one of the delights of the Czechoslovak New Wave. Based on stories by Bohumil Hrabal, the film is a compendium of five films each showcasing the talents of individual directors Menzel, Němec, Chytilová, Schorm and Jireš. Each vignette demonstrates the differing styles of the five emerging filmmakers, each with unique approaches to Hrabal's multi-faceted tales of ordinary people and odd obsessions. Ranging from the surreal to the satirical and the romantic, the films capture the essence and spirit of Hrabal's work, and emerges as a joyous rallying cry for subversion and artistic expression. (Second Run)


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Deutsch Das Manifest der tschechoslowakischen Welle in Form von fünf Kurzgeschichten von Bohumil Hrabal hat mich nicht sehr beeindruckt. Vielleicht liegt es an der Thematik selbst, vielleicht aber auch an den unterschiedlichen Regieansätzen, aber die Filme, die mir am meisten im Gedächtnis geblieben sind, sind Evald Schorms "Ein Haus der Freude" und Jaromil Jireš´ "Romanze". Die anderen drei Kurzgeschichten haben mich mit ihrer Geschichte und Verarbeitung nicht beeindruckt. "Ein Haus der Freude" hat die stärkste musikalische Komponente und seine Figuren sind im Vergleich zu den anderen am skurrilsten, und ich fand "Romanze" wegen seiner Geschichte am ansprechendsten. Kurzum, ein Film, der seine Wirkung bei mir weitgehend verfehlt hat. ()


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Englisch Hrabal can be felt a mile away in his individual stories, and raw poeticism is truly typical of him in the Czech environment. In the '60s, young New Wave filmmakers made it their duty and honor to adapt at least a part of his work into film. The influence of the New Wave's filmmaking techniques is also strongly noticeable in this episodic film, meaning the use of non-professional actors, minimal interference in their dialogues, and an effort for maximum authenticity of the setting. Unfortunately, my overall impression is dampened by the use of low-quality film material, which has been affected by the passage of time. In some cases, I simply could not understand the non-actors' lines and the actions of Menzel and Chytilová sometimes felt like filmmaking mannerisms. Nevertheless, the film does have several strong and deeply human moments, and the final romance between a Roma girl and a factory apprentice is both comical and sentimental. Overall impression: 55%. In the individual stories, it is clearly evident that the later famous filmmakers were still learning as they went along and that they were rather self-absorbed, with the viewer as a consumer of their work not being of great concern. The use of musical motifs is problematic, some of which I considered to be truly disharmonious attacks on my eardrums, and in consideration of my neighbors, I constantly had to adjust the volume. Either I couldn't hear the dialogues or I was overwhelmed by organ or other musical outputs. ()



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Englisch If it has any artistic value, I just can't find it. The fact is that I almost fell asleep with two of the stories, and with one I did, luckily (?) my neighbor woke me up so I could finish it with "gusto". But it was fortunate that the last story was really good; for that I’m giving it a better 2 stars. ()

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