52nd edition

Marketa Lazarova

Frantisek Vlacil

Fortnight 1969, Feature film,

Synopsis

With Marketa Lazarová, Vlá?il approached a novel by Vladislav Van?ura, which was first published in 1931. Van?ura, one of the leading Czech novelists, was a member of most of the experimental art movements of the period and was the first chair of the avant garde Dev?tsil group.it concerns the feud between two pagan clans that have fallen under the dominion of Christian German overlords in the 13th century. One clan has converted to Christianity, and its patriarch has pledged his virginal daughter Marketa (Magda Vasaryova) to a convent; the other, brutish and superstitious, abducts the young woman during a skirmish with its rivals.