Pearls of the Deep

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This episode film from the days of the New Wave, based on stories by the writer of Closely Observed Trains (Bohumil Hrabal), provides a heady reminder of Czech fashions. The thing closely observed here is death, seen at work in locations like a geriatric hospital (Nemec's episode), a Grand Prix motor race (Menzel), and a self-service restaurant (Chytilová). But the mood is the customary one of ironic contemplation, shading into overt fantasy; sometimes the mixture is clumsily handled (Chytilová and Schorm are the main culprits), yet it's mostly successful.

By: GB

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Duration: 107 mins

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Director: Jirí Menzel, Jan Nemec, Vera Chytilová, Jaromil Jires, Evald Schorm
Screenwriter: Bohumil Hrabal, Jirí Menzel, Jan Nemec, Ewald Schorm, Vera Chytilova, Jaromil Jires
Cast: Pavla Marsálková
Ferdinand Kruta
Josefa Pecháltová
Vera Mrázková
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