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Marketa Lazarová

Posted by martinteller on March 8, 2008

It always concerns me when I don’t like a highly regarded film.  This has been dubbed the greatest Czech film of all time, but I just wasn’t feeling it.  The biggest problem was that I spent much of the movie trying to figure out what the hell was going on.  Who is that guy?  Where are they going?  I thought he was with them?  What are they talking about?  It was often an impenetrable mess, kind of like a toned-down version of the acid trip scene in Easy Rider.  And when it wasn’t confusing (and I did pretty much sort it out by the end), it was rather dull.  I was ready to bail out after 40 minutes, but I slogged through the remaining 2 hours anyway.  Certainly the photography was excellent (at times outstanding), and the period recreation was at least as competent as similar efforts by Bergman, Paradjanov and Tarkovsky.  But it rarely grabbed hold of me, and there were only a few scattered scenes where my attention was engaged.  I’m sure that I’m missing something, but I think it will be a long time before I give it another go.  Rating: 5


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