Marketa Lazarová
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Vladislav Vancura's novel Marketa Lazarova was based on a centuries-old Czechoslovakian legend. The film version concerns itself with a group of pillaging feudal lords. Though they regard themselves as noble knights, these lords are a raping, robbing lot, slaves to the many superstitions that grip their land. Magda Vasaryova plays Marketa Lazarova, whose misadventures begin when she is kidnapped and abused by the "protagonists." Director Frantisek Vlacil spares us nothing in bringing the Vancura novel to the screen, not even a gruesomely convincing public beheading. ~ Hal… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"By now, this burly, seething musk ox of a movie, arguably the most convincing film about the Middle Ages ever made, should be on everyone's tongue."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"It's stark, daring and often astoundingly dynamic."
‑ Nick Bradshaw, Time Out
"Vlacil's historical epic is a sensory overload... but I am certain of one thing. I have just seen a masterpiece."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"A wide-screen black-and-white feast for the eyes."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"In less than a minute, before the film's opening titles even conclude, Marketa Lazarová has announced itself as something potentially unique, perhaps indefinable."
‑ Jordan Cronk, Slant Magazine
"Sound in general is one of the film's most distinctive features: every word, every movement whips back at you in a dry, staccato echo."
‑ Stephen Thomson, Electric Sheep
"Episodic in structure, the film proceeds like a folk saga, but its flashbacks, flash-forwards, and abrupt cuts give it a hallucinatory quality."
‑ Ted Shen, Chicago Reader
"A neglected masterpiece."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Director Vlacil does not try to romanticize medieval knighthood but creates an atmosphere of mysticism and superstition, with excellent results."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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