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Czech director Frantisek Vlacil followed no movement and adhered to no dogma. His quiet films of poetic beauty and poignant storytelling were distinct from both the sanctioned directors of his communist homeland and the Czech New Wave that rebelled against it. Set in the aftermath of WWII, Adelheid (1969, 99 mins.) concerns a former Czech soldier who inherits a manor once owned by a German family. He falls in love with Adelheid, the daughter of the previous owner, who has been reduced to servant status. "...a profound analysis of the human distortions caused by ideology" (Peter Hames, Central Europe Review). In Vlacil's earlier film, The White Dove (1960, 68 mins.), a sick carrier pigeon en route to its home on the Baltic Sea becomes lost and lands in Prague, where it is rescued and nurtured back to health by a small, frail boy. "...an unusual film of great poetic beauty" (New York Times). In Czech with English subtitles.

Frantisek Vlacil---Czechoslovakia---1969/1960---167 mins.
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