‘Marketa Lazarová’ on DVD
Unexpectedly appearing on DVD, Frantisek Vlacil’s medieval epic—a wildly atmospheric, wide-screen black-and-white feast for the eyes adapted from the novel by the versatile polymath and Communist martyr Vladislav Vančura—has been compared to Akira Kurosawa and Sergio Leone, as well as to Tarkovsky’s near-contemporaneous Andrei Rublev. All but unknown here, it was years in the making and is justly considered a national masterpiece by the Czechs.
Will be released on Blu-Ray and DVD by the Criterion Collection on June 18. For more information, and to pre-order, see the Criterion Collection’s website.
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