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Pearls of the Deep – Segment: At the World Cafeteria Věra Chytilová

Based on Bohumil Hrabal’s short stories, “Pearls of the Deep”, an eponymous omnibus film was produced in 1966 and became a manifesto of the Czech New Wave.

Pearls of the Deep – Segment: At the World Cafeteria

Feature Film
ČSSR
1966
22 minutes
subtitles: 
English

Credits DOK Leipzig Logo

Filmové studio Barrandov
Věra Chytilová
Jan Klusák
Jaroslav Kučera
Jiřina Lukešová, Miroslav Hájek
Věra Chytilová
Blažej Bernard
Věra Mrázková, Vladimír Boudník, Alžběta Laštovková, Václav Chochola, Jan Vala, Aleš Košnar, Bohumil Hrabal
Based on Bohumil Hrabal’s collection of short stories, “Pearls of the Deep”, an eponymous omnibus film was produced in 1966 and became a manifesto of the Czech New Wave. Věra Chytilová adapted one of the stories, which begins in the “World” cafeteria with a drunken wedding and a young woman’s suicide. Starting in half-documentary neon light, the film increasingly takes on somnambulistic characteristics.

André Eckardt