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Ústřední půjčovna filmů (Prague, Czech Republic)

Overview
Works: 88 works in 143 publications in 1 language and 3,422 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Comedy films  Historical films  New wave films  War films  History  Fantasy films  Coming-of-age films  Vampire films 
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Most widely held works by Ústřední půjčovna filmů (Prague, Czech Republic)
Ostře sledované vlaky = Closely watched trains by Jiří Menzel( Visual )

3 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in Czech and held by 736 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The sexual problems of an apprentice guard at a sleepy rural railway station during World War II are balanced by the exploits of the station guard resolved to do as little work as possible. The authority figure, the station master, is eccentrically ineffectual. Although the Resistance ultimately beckons, this tragic-comic tale with its distinctively wry humour, adapted by the author from his stream-of-consciousness novel, was the culmination of an anti-heroic trend in the 'New Czech cinema' of the sixties. Menzel's film has a clear political sub-text - the placing of the private concerns of the hero ahead of ideology or politics (a colleague has spoken of Menzel's identification with his hero) was itself a political gesture winning the film an Oscar and prohibition after the Soviet invasion in 1968
Sedmikrasky Daisies by Věra Chytilová( Visual )

3 editions published between 2001 and 2012 in Czech and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sedmikrasky: Two teenage girls decide that since the world is spoiled they will be spoiled as well; accordingly they embark on a series of destructive pranks in which they consume and destroy the world about them
Valerie a týden divů by Jaromil Jireš( Visual )

7 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in Czech and held by 374 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A girl on the verge of womanhood finds herself in a sensual fantasyland of vampires, witchcraft, and other threats in this eerie and mystical movie daydream. Serves up an endlessly looping, nonlinear fairy tale, set in a quasi-medieval landscape. Ravishingly shot, enchantingly scored, and spilling over with surreal fancies
Marketa Lazarová by František Vláčil( Visual )

6 editions published between 1996 and 2013 in Czech and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in medieval times as Christianity is beginning to replace paganism in Eastern Europe, this movie tells the story of a minor Czech pagan clan and their Christian neighbors who attract the attention of the King and must pick sides
Rozmarné léto Capricious summer( Visual )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in Czech and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Žert: A man is expelled form the Communist Party due to a joke. After he is released from working the mines and prison, he plots revenge against the person who betrayed him
Žert The joke by Jaromil Jireš( Visual )

1 edition published in 2001 in Czech and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in Stalinist Czechoslovakia during the 1950s, this tragicomedy revolves around the consequences of a single joke: a young man is expelled from university and the Communist party and sentenced to six years hard labor for an irreverent postcard he sends to a lady friend. This leaves him cynical, bitter, and out for revenge
Labyrinth of darkness( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in Czech and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Includes all eight films of Czech filmmaker Jiri Barta which combine animation of objects and puppets with live-action to fashion gothic worlds of horror and fantasy infused with humor and moral examinations. Principally with sound and music but no dialogue
Návrat ztraceného syna Return of the prodigal son( Visual )

1 edition published in 2012 in Czech and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A psychological drama about a family man, who is an engineer unable to adjust to the world around him after his suicide attempt
Holubice The white dove( Visual )

4 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in Czech and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A white carrier pigeon loses its way when it tries to fly home to the Baltic coast, where a young girl anxiously awaits it. Lost, tired, and ill, the bird lands in Prague. It is rescued by an artist and then gradually brought back to health by a small, frail boy. People's lives are changed forever by their encounter with the bird
Adelheid( Visual )

5 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in Czech and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the aftermath of WWII, a Czech airman returns home from his tour of duty with the British RAF, intending to claim a German factory located in the Sudetenland along the Czech-German border. There he meets the beautiful Adelheid, the daughter of a war criminal who once lived in the estate but is now reduced to servitude. The Czech airman falls in love with Adelheid, but lingering resentment over the war and bitter political strife stand in the way of their happiness"--Container
Lásky jedné plavovlásky Loves of a blond by Miloš Forman( Visual )

in Czech and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Romantic comedy of a girl who falls in love with a pianist when the reservist army comes to town
Vesničko má středisková My sweet little village / Circle Films ; [presented by] Ben Barenholtz ; Československý Filmexport ; directed by Jiří Menzel ; written by Zdeněk Svěrák ; script editor, Václav Sašek by Jiří Menzel( Visual )

3 editions published between 1995 and 2003 in Czech and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A dumptruck driver who's fed up with his simpleton partner, the wise town doctor who regularly wrecks his car, and an adulterous wife with a violently jealous husband are some of the characters in this comedy of rural Czech village life. Celebrates village life with gentle observations of commonplace events
Vsichni dobri rodaci All my good countrymen by Vojtěch Jasný( Visual )

2 editions published between 1987 and 2015 in Czech and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the Prague Spring, that brief flowering of freedom that preceded the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, Vojtech Jasny directed this impassioned account of his country's tragic relationship with the Soviet Union
A pozdravuji vlaštovky( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in Czech and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells the true story of Maruska Kuderikova, a courageous, young Moravian girl who was part of the Czech Resistance during World War II. Maruska was arrested by the Nazis for her resistance work, an experience she chronicled in a makeshift diary
Ovoce stromů rajských jíme = Fruit of paradise by Věra Chytilová( Visual )

2 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in Czech and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this modern, highly stylized adaptation of the Adam and Eve story, a couple vacationing at a spa is offered the forbidden fruit of Eden. The husband, Robert, refuses to eat the apple, but wife Eva bites into the luscious fruit."--Container
Kladivo na čarodějnice witches' hammer( Visual )

3 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in Czech and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells the true story of the last of the notorious witch hunts in Czechoslovakia in the 1600's. A ruthless inquisitor spins the superstitions of local peasants into religious heresy, finding cause to accuse dozens of innocent men and women of witchcraft. The inquisitor targets nobles and merchants, whose goods and properties are then confiscated. After suffering an array of medieval tortures, most confess and are then burned alive as witches
Kdo chce zabít Jessii?( Visual )

2 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in Czech and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A scientist discovers how to change peoples dreams with disastrous effects and three comic book characters join in the fun
A report on the party and the guests by Jan Němec( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in Czech and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Distinguished by being "banned forever" in its native Czechoslovakia, Nemec's film is a masterpiece of barbed, darkly sinister wit. As a biting satire of governmental and institutional power and with its astute observations of human nature and conformity, it is a film whose relevance continues to this day. Considered the most politically dangerous film made during the short flowering of the Czech New Wave in the 1960s, this is the first ever release on DVD
Intimní osvětlení Intimate lighting by Ivan Passer( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in Czech and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Debut film of a great director and a signature work of the Czech New Wave. Concerns the dreams of two musician friends, one of whom, having left their small hometown to become successful, returns to visit the other who stayed behind at the local music school. Focusing on the humour of the routine, it shows true affection and understanding for all its characters to become that very rare thing in comedy, a work of great originality and universal acceptance--Container
The valley of the bees Udoli vcel( Visual )

4 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in Czech and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young son of a lord is sent to study with a Brotherhood and is befriended by a fellow member, who in turn leads him on his path to God. When he returns, he finds his father dead, his land barren, and his people with no hope
 
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Ostře sledované vlaky = Closely watched trains
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Ústřední Pújćovna Filmú-Praha.

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