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Marketa Lazarová


František Vlácil

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About the Movie

In its native land, František Vláčil’s Marketa Lazarová has been hailed as the greatest Czech film ever made; for many U.S. viewers, it will be a revelation. Based on a novel by Vladislav Vančura, this stirring and poetic depiction of a feud between two rival medieval clans is a fierce, epic, and meticulously designed evocation of the clashes between Christianity and paganism, humankind and nature, love and violence. Vláčil’s approach was to re-create the textures and mentalities of a long-ago way of life, rather than to make a conventional historical drama, and the result is dazzling. With its inventive widescreen cinematography, editing, and sound design, Marketa Lazarová is an experimental action film.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 11
  • Fresh: 10
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 9.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: By now, this burly, seething musk ox of a movie, arguably the most convincing film about the Middle Ages ever made, should be on everyone's tongue. – Michael Atkinson, Village Voice, May 22, 2014

Fresh: A wide-screen black-and-white feast for the eyes. – J. Hoberman, Village Voice, Jun 17, 2013

Fresh: Episodic in structure, the film proceeds like a folk saga, but its flashbacks, flash-forwards, and abrupt cuts give it a hallucinatory quality. – Ted Shen, Chicago Reader, Jun 17, 2013

Fresh: In less than a minute, before the film's opening titles even conclude, Marketa Lazarova has announced itself as something potentially unique, perhaps indefinable. – Jordan Cronk, Slant Magazine, Feb 23, 2014

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Customer Reviews


genius in the white heat of imagination

Yes Indeed

I had a review on here where I said a lot. Problem is, I can’t say more than the movie can in my entire life so I’ll just say this is the best film I’ve ever seen in my entire life and leave it there. Seriously. Buy do not rent, you’ll want to watch it over immediately. Honestly, if I started typing about the movie I’d never be able to stop. I’ll just say if 2001: A Space Odyssey is the Sgt. Pepper’s of film, welcome to The White Album ladies & gents. You’re not in Kansas anymore. There are about 10 truly 5 star films in the world imo, this is the best of the lot. Check it.

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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1967

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