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IN AND OUT OF THE CZECHOSLOVAK NEW WAVE
Starting August 2, 2019
THE JUNK SHOP (Sběrné surovosti, 1965)
THE JUNK SHOP
Sběrné surovosti, 1965, 31min, Czechoslovakia
Czech with English subtitles
Originally shot for inclusion in a key work of the nascent Czechoslovak New Wave, the 1965 omnibus film Pearls of the Deep*, but then cut for time, Herz’s film more than stands on its own. A work of nonstop invention set over the course of a single day at a paper recycling facility frequented by oddballs, including manager and aesthete Bohoušek (František Ketzek), the film’s style is every bit as eclectic—including a sudden incursion of stop-motion animation— as the human and material curios that fill the shop.
* based on the eponymous book by Bohumil Hrabal. The Junk Shop is the most biographical story of the episodes – hence the name of the character Bohoušek. Among many other films that have been adapted for the screen is the Oscar winning Closely Watched Trains and I Served the Kind of England (both directed by Jiří Menzel).
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