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Starting August 2, 2019
OIL LAMPS (Petrolejové lampy, 1971)
Petrolejové lampy, 1971, 101min, Czechoslovakia
Czech with English subtitles
Iva Janžurová and Petr Čepek are peerless as miserably married cousins in Herz’s early 20th Century period piece, set in a provincial town, Jilemnice, that’s riven by repressed desire and smoldering secrets. Adapting Jaroslav Havlíček’s novel, Herz plumbs deep within the psychology of his characters—Čepek’s syphilitic groom, unable to consummate the wedding and rapidly losing his mind; Janžurová’s disappointed bride, robbed of the family of her dreams—in this gripping and gorgeous film, which investigates the rot beneath the decoration and decorum of the Secession era.
Premiered in the main competition for the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival 1972.
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