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Czech filmmaker Jiri Menzel directs this comedy drama set in a labour camp in 1950s Communist-run Prague Czech filmmaker Jiri Menzel directs this comedy drama set in a labour camp in 1950s Communist-run Prague
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Shot in 1969, but banned by the Czech government until the fall of the Communist regime in 1990, Menzel's wry comic drama is a hymn to humanity and nonconformity. The film's principal characters are residents of a state-run junkyard / labour camp for those whose actions have been deemed counter-revolutionary . On one side of the yard live the men, most sent here for re-education. On the other side, are a group of women interned for the crime of attempted defection. Separately, the two groups lazily toil, sorting out piles of scrap metal (one huge pile is nothing less than a veritable mountain of crucifixes and religious icons); together, they flirt, philosophize, and occasionally sneak off behind the hillocks of slag to make love. Larks on a String is at once a stinging indictment of the repressive politics of Czechoslovakia's past, and an endearing comedy and affecting love story. Shot in 1969, but banned by the Czech government until the fall of the Communist regime in 1990, Menzel's wry comic drama is a hymn to humanity and nonconformity. The film's principal characters are residents of a state-run junkyard / labour camp for those whose actions have been deemed counter-revolutionary . On one side of the yard live the men, most sent here for re-education. On the other side, are a group of women interned for the crime of attempted defection. Separately, the two groups lazily toil, sorting out piles of scrap metal (one huge pile is nothing less than a veritable mountain of crucifixes and religious icons); together, they flirt, philosophize, and occasionally sneak off behind the hillocks of slag to make love. Larks on a String is at once a stinging indictment of the repressive politics of Czechoslovakia's past, and an endearing comedy and affecting love story.

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Jiri Menzel: 7 questions - an idiosyncratic reflection on the film and its history, newly shot by the director.

Booklet featuring a new essay by author and film programmer Peter Hames and an introduction by the film's DoP Jaromir Sofr.

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SKU 5060114150515
Catalogue Number SECONDRUN057
Year 1990
Director Jiri Menzel
Format DVD
Publisher(s) Second Run
Aspect ratio 1.66:1
Sound Original Mono (restored)
Subtitles English
Language(s) Czech
Running time 90 mins
DVD region 2
Certificate 15

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