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Who Wants to Kill Jessie?

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BIFF! POW!! KRAACKK!!! In this trippy but charming comedy, a well-respected scientist creates a formula that can remove elements from dreams. But, what she doesn't know is that these dream images can manifest themselves in the real world. When she injects her husband with the formula, his dreams of Jessie—the blonde, voluptuous heroine of the comic strip "Who Wants to Kill Jessie?"—come crashing into their lives. Following closely behind are the two men chasing her—a muscle-bound superhero and a gun-toting cowboy. The trio not only causes serious damage around Prague, but they still talk in comic-strip word balloons, which get in everyone’s way! WHO WANTS TO KILL JESSIE? mixes up Sixties pop culture with the anarchic spirit of Czech New Wave classics such as DAISIES and LEMONADE JOE to create a hilarious comic Molotov cocktail!

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The Good Soldier Schweik 2: Beg to Report, Sir

The Good Soldier Schweik 2: Beg to Report, Sir Lowest new price: $19.99
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The popular sequel to the definitive screen adaptation of the acclaimed novel by Jaroslav Hasek. Beg to Report, Sir stars Rudolf Hrusinsky as the cheerful soldier Schweik, blissfully ignorant of the sweeping changes taking place all around him. Akin to Huck Finn or Forrest Gump in the United States, the Schweik character has become a well-known cultural icon in Europe.

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...And Give My Love to the Swallows

...And Give My Love to the Swallows Lowest new price: $228.89
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Acclaimed Czech New Wave filmmaker Jaromil Jires directs the true story of Maruska Kuderikova, a young Moravian girl who was part of the Czech Resistance during World War II and arrested by the Nazis for her resistance work. She chronicles her experience as a prisoner in her diary, which Jires transforms into an uplifting tale of sacrifice for the sake of a better life and future.


Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (Valerie a týden divu)

Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (Valerie a týden divu) Lowest new price: $69.44
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The line between fantasy and reality is blurred in this surreal and sexual horror tale from one of the Czech New Wave's top directors. After receiving a pair of bewitched earrings, a young girl's world is turned upside-down. Soon, vampires and carnal priests disrupt the girl's slumber, ravaging her innocence and awakening the woman within. Beautifully filmed.

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Not Angels But Angels

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Like no film you've ever seen, Not Angels But Angels is a chilling account of fragile youth caught in the grasp of Earth's oldest trade. Prague's economic boom and recently won political freedom have transformed that beautiful city into a new mecca for both Eastern and Western tourists searching for sex. Young men trying to live up to the standards of Western consumerism fall prey to the quick, easy money made from hustling. The young hustlers' disarming frankness and need to talk become the compelling engine that drives the film. They withhold nothing, telling their stories in gruesome and stripped bare detail.

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Something Like Happiness

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Brand: Film Movement

Monika, Tonik and Dasha grew up together in the same housing project on the outskirts of a small industrial city. Now the childhood friends are adults, each struggling with feelings of desire and loneliness, longing and failure. Though none would admit it, each craves something the other has and it's these unspoken longings which bind them in difficult, complex, passionate friendships. Vibrant and deeply affecting, Something Like Happiness is a funny, tender and very human drama of passions and lives half-understood and veering out of control, shadowed by tragedy, shot through with hope. Winner - San Sebastian Int'l Film Festival. Official Selection - New York, Toronto and London Film Festivals. In Czech with English subtitles.

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Massenet - Werther

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Jules Massanet's lyrical opera is transformed into a superb film production by Petr Weigl, shot on location in Prague, with music conducted by Libor Pesek. First produced by the Vienna Opera in February 1892, "Werther" rapidly confirmed Massanet's position on the French opera scene and achieved enormous popularity outside France, notably in Italy, America and England. The tragic story tells of Werther's intense passion for Charlotte, who has married his best friend, Albert, fulfilling a pledge to her now deceased mother. But Werther's letters of love bring Charlotte to his side when he promises to take his own life.

Opera is almost always about the great love one cannot have. Very few--such as Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites--transcend the intimacy of love and move into a larger, even epic vision. In a sense, forbidden lust and longing is the thing that fuels opera, and it's a perfect metaphor for the fact that very few "can have" and survive being filmed. Zeffirelli's La Traviata may be one of the few that vibrantly--and exquisitely--breathed to life in the midst of death on the big screen. Czech director Petr Weigl has attempted to do the same for Jules Massenet's music for Goethe's novel, Die Leiden Des Jungen Werthers, and the results are decidedly mixed. It's a tragic story about young Werther (Peter Dvorsky) who falls in love at first sight with Charlotte (Brigitte Fassbaender). After Charlotte marries someone else in order to fulfill a promise to her recently deceased mother, Werther refuses to be deterred, and writes copious letters to his heart's desire. She sends him away in order to honor her commitment, and only when he threatens to kill himself does she rush to his side and pour her heart out to her dying beloved. Fassbaender and Dvorsky certainly heave, pose, and yearn but Werther is surprisingly stagnant in its presentation, and the continuous separation and isolation of its lovers makes their plight stillborn and remote and, by ultimately focusing so ardently on interiors and arty shots of trees, fronds, and misty grounds, Werther is deprived of its inherent passion. --Paula Nechak

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The Perfect Husband

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Based on a story by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Perfect Husband is a suspenseful hybrid of tense psychological drama and period love triangle. Set in Prague in 1900, this emotionally inhibited roller coaster revolves around three friends who met at a spa seven years ago. Gifted musician Milan (Tim Roth) is an unabashed womanizer who wins over even the most difficult-to-conquer women and whose propensity for seduction has led to 29 duels and counting with their affronted husbands. Wealthy spa manager Franz (Peter Firth) is much harder to read. His always proper, button-down demeanor cloaks a surprisingly tumultuous, fiery inner nature--when a stranger on a train, reminding him that smoking is not allowed, takes his pipe and throws it out the window, he calmly throws her dog out the window, reminding her that animals are not allowed. Franz's wife, Therese (Ana Belén), becomes the third point on the triangle.

The story begins when Franz appears unexpectedly at Milan's home. The action bounces between flashbacks that gradually reveal Milan's feverish affair with Franz's wife and Franz's current psychological manipulations that will reveal whether or not he knew about the affair and who his mysterious travel companion is. An enthralling period drama with an underlying air of mystery and psychological tension, The Perfect Husband is an erudite antidote to too much mindless television. The DVD also includes a scene index. --Tara Chace

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Witches' Hammer

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Much like THE CRUCIBLE, this riveting drama tells the true story of the last gasp of the notorious witch hunts in Czechoslovakia. A ruthless inquisitor spins the superstitions of local peasants into religious heresy, finding cause to accuse dozens of innocent men and women of witchcraft. The inquisitor targets nobles and merchants, whose property and goods are then confiscated. After suffering an array of medieval tortures, most of the accused confess–only to be burned alive at the stake as helpless villagers watch. With its bold and striking cinematography, the film captures scenes of both daring nudity and brutal torture.

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Czech Dream

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Two students from the Czech Film Academy commission a leading advertising agency to organize a huge campaign for the opening of a new supermarket named Czech Dream. The supermarket however does not exist and is not meant to. The advertising campaign includes radio and television ads, posters, flyers with photos of fake Czech Dream products, a promotional song, an internet site, and ads in newspapers and magazines. Will people believe in it and show up for the grand opening?

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