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Carlos

1966 /
An invasion of the USA was repulsed by the armed forces of the Cuban Revolution. Many young Cubans were seriously injured in the fighting. One of them, Carlos, is treated and operated in a hospital in the GDR, far away from his homeland. Nurse Bärbel is fascinated by the stranger. The film begins with excerpts from a newsreel about a US-controlled invasion on April 17, 1961, followed by a proper and clean hospital: a young man lies in bed, a young German nurse looks after his injuries. Carlos is alone in his room and can't communicate either. Nurse Bärbel is interested in his fate. Despite the language barrier the two get closer: "Yo, Carlos!" "Me, Bärbel". CARLOS is a student film from the German Academy of Film Art in Babelsberg. His director, the Cuban Humberto López y Guerra, studied directing here from 1963 to 1967. WMH

Hybrid

1966 /
A protest film in daring analogies and contrasts: pastoral images from rose-growing against aggressive shots of war horrors in Vietnam. Ralph Eue

Konec srpna v H...

1966 /
The world after the great catastrophe: A group of young women, led by an old woman, travels through a completely destroyed landscape. For a long time they have been searching for men to ensure the survival of mankind. Minimalistically staged post-apocalypse, the location of which tells another bitter story. A countdown counted first in Russian and then in other languages makes it clear what has happened: human civilization has perished. An old woman looks back into the past, a tree stump is her calendar. The young women she leads have not gotten to know the civilized world, they have no idea of morality and conscience. Yet they're supposed to save humanity. End-time visions were not exactly typical for the cinema of socialist Czechoslovakia, not even in the liberal 1960s. All the greater is the exceptional position of this film by Jan Schmidt. It seems even darker when you know where some scenes were shot: in the deserted town of Doupov (German: Duppau) after the expulsion of the Germans, which had belonged to a military area since 1955 and was later completely destroyed. The German inscription in the destroyed church reads like a scornful commentary on the filmic post-Apocalypse: "It is accomplished". CF

O SLAVNOSTI A H...

1966 /
A cheerful picnic in an idyllic forest clearing. Suddenly unknown men appear and begin to tyrannize the group. Soon the festive society follows the instructions of the strangers, except for the rebellious Karel. But his intimidated friends distance themselves and a collective chase begins against the outsider. THE HAND, omnipresent and oversized, impairs an ordinary citizen in his privacy. Impressive parables about the mechanisms of totalitarianism. A cheerful picnic in an idyllic forest clearing. Suddenly, unknown men appear who begin to tyrannize the group. Soon the festive society follows the instructions of the strangers, except for the rebellious Karel. But his intimidated friends distance themselves, and soon a chase on the outsider begins. The leading roles in the artistically impressive parable about the mechanisms of totalitarianism are played by important Czech artists such as the directors Karel Mareš and Evald Schorm and the composer Jan Klusák. BB

PERLIČKY NA DNĚ

1966 /
In 1963 Bohumil Hrabal published his first volume of short stories "A Pearl on the Ground". This episodic film about the absurdities of everyday life takes up the sarcasm of Hrabal's prose and is today regarded as the key film of the Czech "New Wave". The author himself can be seen in supporting roles. In 1963 Bohumil Hrabal published his first volume of short stories "A Pearl on the Ground". The episode film about various absurdities from everyday life takes up the sarcasm of Hrabal's prose. Today it is regarded as a key film of the Czech "New Wave", not least because of the prominent directors who were still studying at the Prague Film Academy FAMU at the time. Hrabal himself can be seen in supporting roles. BB