Marketa Lazarová
Marketa Lazarová (1967)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 24, 1967
DVD Release Date: June 17, 2013
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

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.

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Nick Bradshaw
Time Out

It's stark, daring and often astoundingly dynamic.

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Jordan Cronk
Slant Magazine

In less than a minute, before the film's opening titles even conclude, Marketa Lazarová has announced itself as something potentially unique, perhaps indefinable.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

A wide-screen black-and-white feast for the eyes.

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J. Hoberman
The New York Review of Books

Marketa Lazarová is easy to watch but difficult to follow.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A neglected masterpiece.

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Ted Shen
Chicago Reader

Episodic in structure, the film proceeds like a folk saga, but its flashbacks, flash-forwards, and abrupt cuts give it a hallucinatory quality.

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Sean Axmaker

... a film of primal imagery, poetic filmmaking, and ephemeral storytelling that looks hewn out of the stone and wood and the very earth of the ground beneath it.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

Vlacil's historical epic is a sensory overload... but I am certain of one thing. I have just seen a masterpiece.

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Stella Dallas
a magnificent epic that's like a time machine trip to the dark ages. the story involves two 'noble' families who are little better than common… More
Cameron Johnson
It's gritty, black-and-white melodrama set in deep snow, and it features wolves, so I don't suppose cinema gets too much more Central Europe than… More
Alec Barniskis
The film is like some fever dream that's intent on driving the viewer mad . . . and while the plot is dense, its probably not as difficult to follow as has… More