- 162 min
- Directed by: František Vláčil
- Written by: Screenplay:, František Pavlíček, František Vláčil, Novel:, Vladislav Vančura
- Cast: Magda Vášáryová, Josef Kemr, František Velecký, Naďa Hejná, Jaroslav Moučka
- Language: Czech
Based on a novel by avant-garde writer Vladislav Vancura, this 13th century-set medieval epic concerns the rivalry between two clans, the Kozliks and the Lazars, and a devastatingly fated love affair. The feud is pitched against the brutal conflict of the time between Christian and pagan traditions, a trope crystallised by Vlácil's intimate knowledge of remote historical sources. This is a strange and beguiling but overlooked masterpiece that is not easily forgotten.
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