Logline: In medieval times, three clans war against one other.

Review: In its native land, František Vláčil’s Marketa Lazarová was hailed as the greatest Czech film of all time.  Yet, in the U.S., the film remains largely unknown.  With its relatively recent release in the Criterion Collection, perhaps more film enthusiasts will be able to see this haunting masterpiece.

The 1960s is full of great films that challenge popular film conventions; films like Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’avventura (1960) and Robert Bresson’s Au Hasard Balthazar (1966).  In the same spirit as these other 60s masterworks, Marketa Lazarová challenges the viewer’s notions of what a film is and should be and makes the possibilities of the medium seem limitless.

Vláčil plunges the viewer into the Middle Ages, where most of the world was still vast, untamed wilderness and humans fought against the backdrop of Christianity replacing Paganism.  The film has an unmatched…

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