Marketa Lazarova

Supposedly one of the greatest Czech films ever made, Marketa Lazarova (1967) made by Frantisek Vlacil is the fight between pagans and Christians some time in the past in the medieval era. The pagans’s gang lord kidnaps the girl who belongs to a Christian believing household and the king’s son is also kidnapped. One of the pagans’s sons rapes and then falls in love with Marketa (Magdalena Vasaryova) and the kidnapped son of the king also falls in love with one of the daughters of the pagans. Fight ensues between the two parties, many people are killed wantonly, (apparently there was no rule of law in those days). Christianity wins in the end. The film does not follow a linear narrative so difficult to follow some of the scenes and dialogues. I would say the technical virtuosity of the film is more brilliant than the plot itself.

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