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Top 10 movies with perfect casting from Czechoslovakia

Uploaded on March 23, 2020

Updated on May 19, 2020

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According to the crowd’s movie taste updated on October 26, 2020, “Top 10 movies with perfect casting from Czechoslovakia” have these movie tastes in common: imaginary fairy tale, felliniesque, Art Deco, nightmarish quality and gauzy.

10 Three Wishes for Cinderella (1973)

The film stars Libuse Safrankova as the title character, a young woman who is put upon by her stepmother and stepsisters. The film employs a twist, though, when a handsome prince comes knocking. Cinderella does not simply fall into the prince's arms. In this version, he must actively pursue the young woman who is a skilled sharpshooter prone to wearing hunting outfits. Cinderella also has three wishes at her disposal, gained from three magic nuts.

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1973-11-16 | Fantasy / Drama

Cast

Dana Hlaváčová, Vladimír Menšík

Rating

rating icon 7.8

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9 Jacob the Liar (1974)

A Jewish ghetto in the east of Europe, 1944. By coincidence, Jakob Heym eavesdrops on a German radio broadcast announcing the Soviet Army is making slow by steady progress towards central Europe. In order to keep his companion in misfortune, Mischa, from risking his life for a few potatoes, he tells him what he heard and announces that he is in possession of a radio - in the ghetto a crime punishable by death. It doesn't take long for word of Jakob's secret to spread - suddenly, there is new hope and something to live for - and so Jakob finds himself in the uncomforting position of having to come up with more and more stories.

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1974-12-22 | History / Drama

Cast

Armin Mueller-Stahl, Vlastimil Brodský

Rating

rating icon 7.4

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8 Marketa Lazarová (1967)

Mikolás and his brother Adam rob travelers for their tyrannical father Kozlík. During one of their "jobs" they end up with a young German hostage whose father escapes to return news of the kidnapping and robbery to the King. Kozlik prepares for the wrath of the King, and sends Mikolás to pressure his neighbor Lazar to join him in war. Persuasion fails, and in vengeance Mikolás abducts Lazar's daughter Marketa, just as she was about to join a convent. The King, meantime, dispatches an army and the religious Lazar will be called upon to join hands against Kozlik. Stripped-down, surreal, and relentlessly grimy account of the shift from Paganism to Christianity.

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1967-11-24 | Drama / History

Cast

Josef Kemr, Magda Vášáryová

Rating

rating icon 8.0

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7 Cutting It Short (1981)

Francin, manager of a small-town brewery, has a charming wife whose abundant blonde locks are an adornment to the town. Maryska looks ethereal but loves meat and beer, while Francin is an ascetic. The strict members of the brewery board of directors come to audit the accounts, but are diverted from concentrating on Francin's detailed reports by Maryska, who has organized a pig-killing feast and is ably assisting the butcher. When she invites the old curmudgeons on the board to enjoy the fresh pork, they are too happy to agree. Francin doesn't know whether he is going to get a permanent contract. To make things worse his brother Pepin - eccentric, noisy and garrulous - turns up on an indefinite visit.

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1981-02-01 | Comedy

Cast

Rudolf Hrušínský, Petr Čepek

Rating

rating icon 7.6

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6 Loves of a Blonde (1965)

Andula, an innocent Czech girl from a factory town, is desperately in search of love. She believes she's found it when she beds Milda, a charming young musician visiting from Prague. Milda, however, is only looking for a casual encounter, and leaves town assuming he'll never see Andula again. But when Andula doesn't hear from him, she packs up and heads to Prague, to the surprise of Milda and his parents.

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1965-11-12 | Comedy / Drama

Cast

Milada Ježková, Vladimír Menšík

Rating

rating icon 7.1

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5 Closely Watched Trains (1966)

In a small town still occupied by the Germans as World War II's tide is turning toward the Allies, apprentice train-watcher Milos is oblivious to the war. Instead, he is obsessed with having his first sexual experience. Despite the favors of train conductor Masa, Milos has no luck. His quest leads him to a female Resistance fighter who, in passing, recruits him to the cause. As Milos finally finds love, danger draws closer.

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1966-11-18 | Comedy / Drama

Cast

Václav Neckář, Josef Somr

Rating

rating icon 7.5

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4 The Shop on Main Street (1965)

In a small town in Nazi-occupied Slovakia during World War II, decent but timid carpenter Tono is named "Aryan comptroller" of a button store owned by an old Jewish widow, Rozalie. Since the post comes with a salary and standing in the town's corrupt hierarchy, Tono wrestles with greed and guilt as he and Rozalie gradually befriend each other. When the authorities order all Jews in town to be rounded up, Tono faces a moral dilemma unlike any he's known before.

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1965-09-09 | Drama / War

Cast

Ida Kaminska, Martin Gregor

Rating

rating icon 8.0

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3 Witchhammer (1970)

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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1970-01-23 | Drama / Thriller

Cast

Elo Romančík, Vladimír Šmeral

Rating

rating icon 7.7

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2 Short Night of Glass Dolls (1971)

An American journalist in Prague searches for his girlfriend who has suddenly disappeared.

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1971-10-28 | Horror / Mystery

Cast

Ingrid Thulin, Jean Sorel

Rating

rating icon 7.0

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1 Ecstasy (1933)

Eva has just gotten married to an older gentleman, but discovers that he is obsessed with order in his life and doesn't have much room for passion. She becomes despondent and leaves him, returning to her father's house. One day while bathing in the lake, she meets a young man and they fall in love. The husband has become grief stricken at the loss of his young bride, and fate brings him together with the young lover that has taken Eva from him.

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1933-01-20 | Drama / Romance

Cast

Hedy Lamarr, Aribert Mog

Rating

rating icon 6.6

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